Fish and Wildlife Biologist
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.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In order to meet the basic qualification requirement for the GS-0401 series as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist, your application materials must demonstrate that you meet either A or B below. You must submit copies of transcripts that reflect all of your course work, grades, and hours earned semester and/or quarter, in order to receive consideration for this position.
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. 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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting one of the Basic Qualification Requirements listed above, you must also meet the additional qualifications for each grade level you wish to be considered.
To be found qualified at the GS-09 grade level, your application materials must demonstrate either A, B, or C below:
A. Possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in Federal service. Specialized experience may include: conduct investigations to determine the impact of development projects upon the fish and/or wildlife resources of an area; review permit applications; assist others in conducting private land wetland restorations including landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, etc.; review biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or resource planning reports; implement biological work and/or habitat preservation and development work. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient information in these areas to be found qualified.
B. Possess at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a directly related field. NOTE: You must submit transcripts that clearly reflect this education.
C. Have a combination of graduate education and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. (When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.) NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your education and include proof of your experience in the text of your resume.
To be found qualified at the GS-11 grade level, your application materials must demonstrate either A, B, or C below:
A. Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience may include: plan and conduct investigations to determine the impact of land and water development projects upon the fish and/or wildlife resources of an area; review and report on permit applications; conduct private land wetland restorations including landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, etc.; prepare and review biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions; plan, organize, and implement biological work and/or habitat preservation and development work. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient information in these areas to be found qualified.
B. Possess at least 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a directly related field. NOTE: You must submit transcripts that clearly reflect this education.
C. Have an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year which together equals 100% of the requirements. (When combining education with experience, first determine the total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.) NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your education and include proof of your experience in the text of your resume.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-9/11. 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-9/11. 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.
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures:
FWS current appointees:
Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.
·Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.
·Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
·Must have performed at an acceptable level.
FWS former appointees:
·Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,
·Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
·Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,
·Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
·Must have performed at an acceptable 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
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.
The position locations listed as follows represent one position. There is one position to be filled and the location will be determined after selection.
- Boise, ID; Chubbuck, ID; Spokane, WA
- Cheyenne, WY; Bismarck, ND; Pierre, SD
- Manhattan, KS; Bismarck, ND; Pierre, SD
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: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-systems/nonforeign-areas/#url=COLA-Rates
The following Conditions of Employment may or may not apply based on the position for which you are applying:
- Driver License: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.
- Uniform: Wearing the US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform in accordance to Service policy.
- Medical Exam
- ATV/UTV operation
- Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC)
- Work schedule may includes weekends, evenings, and/or holidays
- Drug Testing
- Required refuge housing
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES: 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
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: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information. Read more
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):
- Knowledge of the concepts, principles, methodologies, and practices of conservation biology and/or ecology, related to the threats facing species at risk and their habitats, e.g., grasslands, forests, prairies, shrub lands, wetlands, and deserts.
- Knowledge of applicable Federal environmental laws and Executive Orders, (i.e., Endangered Species Act, National Environment Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Natural Resources Damage Assessment); of other Federal regulations; and of Service/Department policies or guidelines in order to ensure that legal standards are met in the review of proposed land and water resource development projects.
- Skill in planning and conducting complex inspections of existing projects to ensure that legal standards and other requirements are met and implemented in a manner most beneficial to fish and/or wildlife resources.
- Ability to communicate in writing to prepare correspondence, reports, and papers for diverse audiences.
- Ability to communicate orally to inform peers and cooperators/partners, explain results, and present scientific papers and presentations at meetings or in training sessions.