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Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R4-12-605849-SW

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 to Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

INTRODUCTION:  This position is located within the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, Migratory Bird Program.  The incumbent serves as Science Coordinator for the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture (LMVJV) partnership and functions as part of the Fish and Wildlife Service's LMVJV Office.

The locations that may be considered are Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri, consistent with maintaining and promoting effective operation of the partnership.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All qualified U.S. Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation Required

DUTIES:

Coordinating and facilitating the science-based planning necessary to link the on-the-ground habitat objectives of Joint Venture partners to the population goals and objectives of regional, national, and international bird conservation plans; responsible for coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing through transparent, replicable processes and procedures, goals and objectives that reflect measurable biological outcomes linked across multiple spatial scales; responsible for coordinating the activities of multiple partners in integrating biological goals and objectives for multiple bird species groups (e.g. waterfowl, land birds, shorebirds) in a spatially explicit manner; responsible for coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing decision support tools guiding on-the-ground conservation actions. Working with and through scientists in other agencies and organizations, responsible for identifying research needs and facilitating projects that address the assumptions and uncertainties associated with the Joint Venture's biological planning; responsible for creating and maintaining an effective partnership infrastructure that includes standing and ad hoc working groups focused on developing and progressively refining the scientific foundation of the conservation actions of Joint Venture partners; responsible for representing the Joint Venture Office and Joint Venture partnership in broader science arenas associated with national/international bird conservation initiatives, e.g. the National Science Support Team of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Partners in Flight National Science Committee.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

The Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions will be used to determine qualification requirements.  

 

Basic Requirements:

 

A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

 

OR

 

B. Combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this position, the applicant must possess one year of specialized experience comparable in scope to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

GS-401-12- Fish and Wildlife Biologist:  Specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level to include: assisting with coordinating and facilitating the science-based planning necessary to link the on-the-ground habitat objectives of Joint Venture partners to the population goals and objectives of regional, national, and international bird conservation plans; assisting with coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing through transparent, replicable processes and procedures, goals and objectives that reflect measurable biological outcomes linked across multiple spatial scales; assisting with coordinating the activities of multiple partners in integrating biological goals and objectives for multiple bird species groups (e.g. waterfowl, land birds, shorebirds) in a spatially explicit manner; assisting with coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing decision support tools allowing on-the-ground conservation actions.

 

GS-401-13 - Fish and Wildlife Biologist:  Specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level to include: coordinating and facilitating the science-based planning necessary to link the on-the-ground habitat objectives of Joint Venture partners to the population goals and objectives of regional, national, and international bird conservation plans; coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing through transparent, replicable processes and procedures, goals and objectives that reflect measurable biological outcomes linked across multiple spatial scales; assisting with coordinating the activities of multiple partners in integrating biological goals and objectives for multiple bird species groups (e.g. waterfowl, land birds, shorebirds) in a spatially explicit manner; coordinating the activities of multiple partners in developing decision support tools allowing on-the-ground conservation actions. Working with and through scientists in other agencies and organizations, responsibility for identifying research needs and facilitating projects that address the assumptions and uncertainties associated with the Joint Venture's biological planning; Responsibility for creating and maintaining an effective partnership infrastructure that includes standing and ad hoc working groups focused on developing and progressively refining the scientific foundation of the conservation actions of Joint Venture partners; representing the Joint Venture Office and Joint Venture partnership in broader science arenas associated with national/international bird conservation initiatives, e.g. the National Science Support Team of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Partners in Flight National Science Committee.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

 

1. The incumbent will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

 

2. The incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 

 

3. This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-critical sensitive.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a limited background investigation prior to appointment.

 

4. Payment of limited relocation expenses may be authorized.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy.  Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed.  Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

 

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

1. Knowledge of the theories and principles of landscapes ecology, population ecology, and ecosystems management in the context of landscape scale bird conservation partnerships.

 

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp
This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Full performance level of this position is 13. If selection is made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance and time-in-grade; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 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. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 605849.  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,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Depending on your claimed status, the following documentation is required:

 

1.  Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education:
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

2.  College transcript. 

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Officials transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill this position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. 

3.  Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees:  Submit a copy of your most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Service status (block 34, code 1).

4.  CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility: Documentation supporting Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) eligibility, if applicable, for displaced federal employees. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a notice of expected separation; a “Notice of Personnel Action” (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337 h) or 8456. (To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must attain a well-qualified rating of 85 or higher, before the addition of veterans’ preference.) A copy of your latest performance appraisal is also required to prove CTAP/ICTAP eligibility.

5.  To claim veterans’ preference you must attach the following.VETERAN’S PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE GRANTED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED PROOF.

To claim 5 point preference - Attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty which shows the type of discharge received or other proof of eligibility. To claim 10-point preference based on non-compensable disability or Purple Heart; compensable disability (less then 30% or 30% or more); OR spouse, widow(er) or mother of a deceased or disabled veteran - Attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty which shows the type of discharge received or other proof of eligibility AND an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf, and supporting documentation required by that form (i. e. a Letter from Department of Veterans Affairs indicating your eligibility for preference for Civil Service employment. c. For applicants who are still on active duty: (1) You may be granted 5-point TENTATIVE preference IF your application shows that you have the required military service such as service in a war, campaign, or expedition. (2) If you are claiming 10-point disability preference, you must include appropriate documentation from the military service or Department of Veterans Affairs. If you do not provide the documentation on disability, you may be granted 5-point TENTATIVE preference. If your application shows service as listed in (1) above. Selection under these conditions would be tentative and dependent upon final determination of preference eligibility. More information on Veteran’s Preference is available at OPM’s web site at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

SPENCE WILLIAMS
Phone: (404)679-4029
Email: SPENCE_WILLIAMS@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Capital Management
1875 Century Blvd Suite 370
Atlanta, GA
30345

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

 


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