Social Services Assistant (YCC Group Leader)

Washington D.C.
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
Full Time

Social Services Assistant (YCC Group Leader), GS-0186-05

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?

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Who may be considered? All U.S. Citizens

This a full time Temporary position located at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD.  Anticipated duration of appointment is 10 weeks however this position may be extended for a total of 2 years without readvertisement.  This position may be terminated at any time due to lack or work, funding, or as the needs of the Service dictate.

Telework - the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.
One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.

  • Not Required

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  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, April 21, 2017


    In order to qualify for the 0186 Series you must possess one of the following:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level.  This experience includes: Training and counseling youth; experience as a monitor, leader, supervisor, or instructor in organized work, recreation, educational, or residential situations; ability to work with youth and instruct others in proper work methods; skill in basic first aid; skill in using hand tools.


    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included a major in social behavior, human behavior, health care or a similar field. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS).


    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of subjects directly related to the work of the position. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS).


    A combination of education and experience as described above, which when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirements.  Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. (YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS).

    The following qualifications are highly desired, but will not impact your overall rating:
    -Valid State Driver's License

    Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions,

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in employment. For more information please visit,

    Transcripts: If you are qualifying based on education you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. ALL APPLICANTS, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify that they meet these educational requirements. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, applicants MUST ensure that the transcripts submitted verify completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit transcripts that verify qualifying education by the closing date of this announcement will result in disqualification from further consideration.

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body, this documentation must be submitted at the time of application, failure to submit this documentation by Friday, April 21, 2017 will result in disqualification from further consideration. For more information please visit,


    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from selective 
    • All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
    • New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
    • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • Wearing of the official USFWS uniform is required.


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