This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Biologist (Endangered Species) (DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-605199-DG

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$58,589.00 to $76,164.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 to Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Honolulu, HI United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch the short podcasts Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is Our Strength

The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office is an Ecological Services office headquartered in Honolulu. The office is divided into three major sections: Endangered Species, Habitat Conservation, and Invasive Species/Marianas Terrestrial. Employees use the best available science and sound managerial techniques to further the Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

For more information go to: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/ 

A COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE (COLA) OF 12.25% WILL BE ADDED TO THE SALARY.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Non-Sensitive Background Investigation required.
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply).
  • May need to serve an Initial Probationary Period.
  • Valid driver's license required.
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 12.25% will be added to salary.

DUTIES:

This position serves as a Biologist (Endangered Species) for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Major duties include:

  • Conduct ecological investigations of proposed water and land development projects to determine their effect on the distribution and abundance of plant and animal species and their habitats pursuant to the Clean Water and the Nationational Environmental Policy Act.
  • Develop comprehensive fish, wildlife, and botanical management plans and objectives to ensure the preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources and their habitat.
  • Prepare listing and critical habitat packages pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act, using an ecosystem-based approach.
  • Assist with consultation and Habitat Conservation Planning pursuant to section 7 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act.
  • Provide technical expertise to recovery teams, work groups, interagency teams, other Federal agencies and management entities regarding listed species in Hawaii and the Pacific.
    Present complex, controversial and technical information to diverse audiences regarding fish, wildlife, and botanical resources.
  • Perform data analyses and write reports to evaluate findings and make recommendations to minimize project impacts to fish, wildlife, and botanical resources.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date. 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
A. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B. Have a combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards your degree and divide by 120 semester hours (or equivalent). To determine the percentage of qualifying experience, divide the total number of months of acceptable specialized experience by 12 months. Add your percentages of education and experience together. The two percentages must total at least 100%.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as: 1) doing professional biologist work preparing/reviewing biological portions of environmental assessment/impact statements; 2) assisting in development of comprehensive conservation plans or habitat management plans; 3) planning and designing studies and field investigations of fish, wildlife, and botanical resources and their habitats; 4) working with other government agencies, staff members, land owners, and private interest groups in the protection of fish, wildlife, and plant resources; 5) interpreting and applying environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act, and National Environmental Policy Act, etc.; and 6) developing recommendations for resource protection and enhancement.

OR
B. Have successfully completed at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to or resulting in a Ph.D. degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

OR
C. Have a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) and specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of 2 years/36 semester hours may be creditable when combining.


All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

  • Physical Demands: Some physical exertion such as walking, over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching., stooping, stretching or reaching
  • Work Environment:  Both indoor and outside work; may encounter weather extremes in outside work.
  • Direct deposit of salary payment.
  • Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required as listed below:

 

  1. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN THE BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF FISH, WIILDLIFE, AND BOTANICAL ISSUES.
  2. KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND OTHER PROTECTION LEGISLATION.
  3. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY IN A PERSUASIVE MANNER.
  4. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING.
  5. We will then place you in one of three categories:
  • Qualified:  Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
  • Well Qualified:  Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • Best Qualified:  Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
    NOTE: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

    Application of Veterans’ Preference:
    Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.


    BENEFITS:

    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



    OTHER INFORMATION:



    HOW TO APPLY:

    You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

     

    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

     

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  The vacancy ID for this job is 605199. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

     

    If you cannot apply online:

     

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

     

    2. Print this OPM Form OPM 1203 fx to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

     

    3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    For this job announcement, the following documents are required: 

        • Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.
        • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
        • Transcripts, REQUIRED.
        • Other Document(s) if applicable
      •  Veteran’s documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate.
      • Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable. See http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.


    If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

    If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

     

    If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 605199.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Diane S. Golden
    Phone: (503)231-6136
    TDD: 503-231-6166
    Email: DIANE_GOLDEN@FWS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
    911 NE 11 Ave
    Portland, OR
    97232

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

    After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (
    605199) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.


    Control Number: 308906800
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