Biologist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Baileys Crossroads, Virginia
Posted
Apr 08, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is a Biologist, GS- 0401-11/12 working for the Branch of Aquatic Habitat and Species Conservation, within the Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC), at USFWS headquarters in Baileys Crossroads, Virginia.
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Responsibilities

As a Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Assist in the administration and implementation of fish and aquatic resource conservation programs including formulation of policies and objectives, coordination among activities, and establishment of program priorities.
  • Collaborate with Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices to ensure consistent implementation of policies and guidelines and to identify and address emerging fisheries and aquatic conservation issues and opportunities.
  • Perform assessments and analyses to support strategic implementation of fish and aquatic resource conservation programs.
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise in support of species and habitat conservation program implementation.
  • Advise higher-level supervisors, other Federal and State agencies, environmental and stakeholder groups and Congressional staff and representatives through briefing papers, face-to-face briefings, informal discussions and other communication efforts on complex fish and aquatic resource conservation issues.
  • Foster and maintain relationships and partnerships within the Service and with entities outside the agency to conserve and manage fish populations and strategically prioritize, conserve and restore aquatic species and habitats.
  • Review and interpret regulations, legislation, statutes, and policies pertaining to fish and aquatic resources.
  • Prepare various types of written communication on aquatic conservation issues ranging from correspondence, memoranda, and briefing papers, to technical reports.
  • Respond to requests for information from other Fish and Wildlife Service units, the Department of Interior (DOI), Congress, states, other Federal agencies, fishery management councils, constituency groups, and the general public.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.


Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 04/09/2021 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:
  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.. OR
  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • Minimum Qualification [GS-11]
  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-09 in the Federal service. Experience includes 1) Work cooperatively with other professionals/biologists to resolve a variety of complex and controversial aquatic resource issues, develop recommendations, and provide direction on actions to implement; 2) Perform analyses related to the conservation of fish, other aquatic organisms, and their habitats; 3) Prepare various types of written communication on aquatic conservation issues ranging from correspondence, memoranda, and briefing papers, to technical reports.
  • Minimum Qualification [GS-12]
  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience includes 1) Working cooperatively with other professionals/biologists, leading efforts to resolve a variety of complex and controversial aquatic resource issues, develop recommendations, and provide direction on actions to implement; 2) Lead design of, and perform, analyses related to the conservation of fish, other aquatic organisms, and their habitats; 3) Prepare various types of written communication on aquatic conservation issues ranging from correspondence, memoranda, and briefing papers, to technical reports and 4) Advise higher-level supervisors, other Federal and State agencies, environmental and stakeholder groups and Congressional staff and representatives on complex fish and aquatic resource conservation issues.
  • 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.

    Education

    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

    Additional information

    Telework:
    This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. For more information visit: OPM's Employee Guide to Career Transition

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    All applicants who submit a complete and legible application by the closing date of this vacancy announcement will have their qualifications reviewed to determine if they meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants eligible for priority consideration under DOI's Career Transition Assistance Program/Plan, employees eligible under the Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP). Eligible candidates on the Reemployment Placement List (RPL). A qualified and eligible permanent DOI employee may be selected before an ICTAP eligible.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    You must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.

    Required Documents:

    1. Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here . Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

    2. College Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible .

    Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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