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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is part of the Sheldon-Hart Mountain NWR Complex. As a Fish & Wildlife Biologist, you will be responsible for non-native invasive plant inventory, control, and monitoring at the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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    Responsibilities

    • Conducts non-native invasive plant control activities and projects;
    • Implements contract scopes of work and serves as a contracting officer's representative to oversee contractors;
    • Provides direction on wildlife habitat restoration;
    • Purchases and maintains equipment and expendable supplies such as herbicides;
    • Operates equipment, four-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs;
    • Uses, and directs others, on the use of hand tools, weed whackers, mowers, sprayers, and herbicides to remove and treat identified invasive plant species;
    • Writes professional, objective, and complete reports, letters, and other correspondence on investigations;
    • Oversees preparation of project, annual, and long-range work plans and prescriptions for inventory and monitoring of weed populations, and for weed control;
    • Serves as a principal advisor in the management of non-native invasive plants on uplands and wetlands;
    • Assists with the identification of non-native plants and helps establish inventory and monitoring programs using global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and other appropriate techniques;
    • Advises on the requirements for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
    • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
    • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • Direct deposit of salary to a financial institution
    • Valid state driver's license is required
    • Must be able to acquire and maintain a contracting officer representative (COR/COTR) certification
    • Must be able to acquire and maintain pesticide applicator's licenses in the States of Oregon and Nevada

    Qualifications

    Only experience and education obtained by 10/18/2018 will be considered.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT

    A. Successful completion of 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 closely related to fish and wildlife biology; OR
    B. An appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester/36 quarter hours or school equivalent) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology; PLUS appropriate experience or additional appropriate course work. The combination of education and experience must equal 100% of the basic requirement. The quality of combined education and experience must sufficiently demonstrate possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT

    You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    A. Completion of a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR
    B. One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology. The education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR
    C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service that demonstrates your ability to: 1) Collect data to carry out less complex studies or portions of larger investigations to assist higher graded biologists in order to implement various habitat management treatments related to invasive plant species for wildlife resources of an area; 2) Collect, analyze, and assess wildlife habitat and invasive plant species data; AND 3) Assist in implementing laws (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act), regulations, and policies involving invasive species and use of pesticides; OR
    D. A combination of education and experience as listed above that equals 100% of the additional qualifications requirement.

    You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service that demonstrates your ability to: 1) Conduct investigations of moderate complexity to implement various habitat management treatments related to invasive plant species for wildlife resources of an area; 2) Assist in developing comprehensive wildlife management plans related to the control of invasive plant species; 3) Assist in preparing and reviewing biological implications of environmental assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions; AND 4) Understand and implement federal or state environmental laws (i.e., Endangered Species Act, specifically Sections 7 and 10; Clean Water Act; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act), regulations, and polices involving invasive plant species issues and use of pesticides; OR
    B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology; OR
    C. A combination of education and experience as listed above that equals 100% of the additional qualifications requirement.

    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.

    Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-09. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    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

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R1-19-10321725-BP-MP for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to former career or career conditional employees ONLY who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified a score of at least 85; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

    To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

    FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 10/18/2018.

    PCS move expense reimbursement is not authorized.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Knowledge of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, especially Great Basin sagebrush upland, riparian, and meadow ecosystems.
    • Knowledge of biological science and invasive species experience.
    • Knowledge of integrated weed management and a variety of biological disciplines related to plant, wildlife, and natural habitat management, plant ecology, invasive species prevention, control and eradication strategies and methodologies.
    • Knowledge of laws and regulations related to invasive species prevention and control and of application of pesticides.
    • Ability to use computers and database management programs such as global positioning systems (GPS) in order to produce maps and data layers with geographic information systems (GIS).
    • Skill in oral and written communication.
    All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
    • Best Qualified: High proficiency and comprehensive level.
    • Well Qualified: Overall competency.
    • Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications for the position, but fails the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

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

    1. 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. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    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.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/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

    1. Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
    2. 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/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
    3. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/18/2018 to receive consideration.
    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    • You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
    • Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
    • To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10325482
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

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    Next steps

    Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the customer office.
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    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account as we will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512850700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.