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    RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    The employee in this position serves as the Texas Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program Coordinator in Region 2 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is responsible for the coordination of the Service's PFW Program throughout the state of Texas. The employee develops statewide Cooperative Agreements and provides inter and intra-agency leadership with regard to all aspects of resource protection and restoration on private lands with an emphasis on complex interactions involving wetlands, migratory birds, endangered threatened, candidate and species at risk, and other Federal Trust species responsibilities. A thorough understanding of financial and administrative procedures is required.

    NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Delegated Examining Procedures and is open to all qualified U. S. citizens. To be considered under delegated examining procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R2-16-1676496-JL-DEU.

    If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.

    All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference Documentation). 

     

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    Responsibilities

    ·         Provides leadership, expertise, interpretation, coordination communication, and determination of compliance activities under PFW Program throughout the State of Texas

    ·         Assures that PFW activities comply with Federal, State and local requirements and are compatible with

    ·         Service objectives identified through the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Emergency Wetlands Resources Act, Regional Wetlands Concept Plan, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act and other laws, regulations and planning documents and Regional priorities.

    ·         Maintains a working knowledge of state-of-the art habitat restoration, enhancement, creation and protection techniques with an emphasis on listed and candidate species habitat restoration and enhancement.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Background Investigation
    • Time in Grade Requirements Apply

    Requirements:

    ·        A background investigation is required for this position. 

    ·        Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

    ·        Time in grade restrictions apply to the qualification requirements for this position for Federal employees.  Your application must clearly provide evidence that you have served (1) year at the next lower grade level by the closing date of this announcement.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment: 

    The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, as well as bending,   crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity.

    The position requires both office and outdoor work. The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work. The employee is expected to conduct duties in a safe, professional, and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow employees, or property with which entrusted.

    A condition of employment is obtaining and wearing the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

    Qualifications

    By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.  This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

    Educational Requirements for the GS-0401 series, you must meet A or B to qualify.

    A. Have successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.

    B. Have an appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above.

    In addition to meeting the educational requirement you must also meet the Specialized Experience for this position:

    Have one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include: professionally knowledgeable in fish and wildlife biology and ecology, habitat restoration techniques, and assessing and solving complex problems involving fish and wildlife; experience applying knowledge of the Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act, Endangered Species Act as well as other Federal and/or State environmental regulatory processes; independently conducting fish and wildlife habitat restorations; experience coordinating activities between Federal and State agencies pursuant to applicable Federal and State regulations and statutes; and meeting, dealing and negotiating with diverse individuals and groups.

     

    Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to support your educational claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the 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. 

    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

    Education

     

    Additional information

    1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

    2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

    Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap 3.  Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service 

    (see www.sss.gov ).

    4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.  http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic qualifications and on the extent to which your application shows you possess the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  Your ranking is based on your responses to the occupational questions, the information you provide in your Resume, and supplemental materials.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  the occupational questions are based on the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

    ·         Skill and diplomacy in coordinating activities with other agencies and organizations.

    ·         Knowledge of the theory, principles, and methods of fish and wildlife biology as it relates to agriculture and other types of land management.

    ·         Skill and diplomacy in coordinating activities with other agencies and organizations.

    ·         Ability to evaluate the impacts of land use and development proposals on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats using biological sound analyses.

    ·         Skill in oral communication.

    NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.  If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    1.     Resume

    2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

    3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

    4.     SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the Occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use this cover page (https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf) and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1676325. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 21, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit via fax:                    

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

    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

    3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 478-757-3144.

    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.

    DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To find out more click here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Apply online:

    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire.

    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or you application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Jason C. Lujan

    Address

    US Fish and Wildlife Service New Mexico
    500 Gold Ave SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/435516100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.