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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
- 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.
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:
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.
- PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN THE BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF FISH, WIILDLIFE, AND BOTANICAL ISSUES.
- KNOWLEDGE OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND OTHER PROTECTION LEGISLATION.
- ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY IN A PERSUASIVE MANNER.
- ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING.We will then place you in one of three categories:
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.