Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Recent Graduate)

Washington D.C.
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Some locations may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy. See link provided under "additional information" section

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
  • Must meet Pathways eligibility requirements
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduate Program. Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
  • Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.
  • Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.
  • Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.
  • Applicants must provide documentation of completion within the previous 2 years of a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Recent Graduate Program Eligibility Requirements:
    Recent Graduates must have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

    Exceptions are made for veterans, as defined in 5 USC 2108, who, due to military service obligations, were precluded from applying to the Program during the two-year eligibility period described above. These individuals have a full two-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may their eligibility period extend beyond six years from the date on which they completed their academic requirements.

    Basic Educational Requirements: To meet the basic educational requirements for this position you must have one of the following:

    A. A Degree: major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-
    B. A combination of education in an accredited college or university, and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

    In order to qualify at the GS
    -05 level, you must fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    A. 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree as stated above in option A under Basic Educational Requirements; OR
    B. A combination of education and experience as stated in option B above under Basic Educational Requirements.

    Additionally in order to qualify at the GS-07 level, you must fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    A. Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR
    B. One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. The education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR
    C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: research potential impacts of proposed Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened and endangered species and prepares draft biological opinions as required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments for the supervisor's review and/or discussion. Maintains and updates files on permits issued for activities associated with endangered, threatened, proposed, and candidate species and their habitats. Gathers, organizes, and interprets biological, ecological, pathological, public use, or other pertinent information to insure management plans are current. OR
    A combination of education and experience as listed above.

    Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-11. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit:

    The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.

    You will be provided developmental experience and may be non-competitively converted to a competitive service permanent position when the below requirements have been met. Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will decide to opt for conversion. It is expected that these positions will be converted to permanent appointments.

    • Successful completion of at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the recent Graduates Program.
    • Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program established under the Department of the Interior's approved performance appraisal system that results in a rating of record (or summary rating) of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first-level supervisor.
    • Meet the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for the competitive service position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
    • The duration of a Pathways appointment under Schedule D is a trial period
    Salary: The salary for each location may vary depending on locality. Locality tables may be found at:

    Positions located in the States of Hawaii and Alaska may be eligible for cost of living allowance (COLA) in addition to base salary. COLA rates may be found at:

    The following Conditions of Employment may or may not apply based on the position for which you are applying:
    -A Valid State Driver's License
    - Wearing a Uniform
    -Medical Exam
    -Hours may vary, nights, weekends and holidays may be required
    -Boat Operation/ MOCC Certification
    -Drug Testing
    -Required Refuge Housing

    FWS has determined the duties of this position may be suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
    Please access the following link to verify if reimbursement of relocation expenses are authorized for the location you are applying: Relocation Information

    To view the other vacancies under the National Recruitment, please access the following link: FWS National Hiring Vacancies

    We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 02/25/2019; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area

    Region 7 Positions Only: Applicants are ineligible for this position if ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    1. Knowledge of the theory, principles and methods of fish and wildlife biology, fishery biology, and/or wildlife biology and a working familiarity with related disciplines
    2. Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the endangered and threatened species program in order to prepare and review documents, ensure compliance with them, and provide biological interpretations/definitions on specific passages, phrases, and terms in the ESA.
    3. Ability to research literature (including familiarity with appropriate scientific journals and computer searching processes), analyze data, and apply scientific methods
    4. Ability to communicate orally to inform peers and cooperators/partners, explain results, and present information
    5. Ability to communicate in writing to prepare correspondence, and reports for diverse audiences.

    All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
    § 302.302 Examination of applicants. (a)Eligibility. An evaluation of the qualifications of applicants for positions covered by this part may be conducted at any time before an appointment is made. The evaluation may involve only determination of eligibility or ineligibility or may include qualitative rating of candidates. If the evaluation involves only basic eligibility numerical scores will not be assigned and eligible candidates will be referred in accordance with the procedures described in paragraph (b)(5) of § 302.304.

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    Drug test required No

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