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    Summary

    This position is a Wildlife Inspector, GS- 1801-7/9/11 working in Falls Church, Virginia for the R9-Chief-Office of Law Enforcement.

    Duty Locations Honolulu, HI and Redmond, WA - Physical locations will be Kona, HI and SeaTac, WA

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    Responsibilities

    As a Wildlife Inspector. As a Wildlife Inspector you will be responsible for providing the nations front-line defense against illegal wildlife trade. Provide day-to-day monitoring of wildlife imports and exports facilitate legal trade and helps detect and deter illegal wildlife trafficking.
    your duties will include but are not limited to the following:
    GS-7:

    • This position is assigned routine aspects of investigation/compliance cases, primarily for developmental purposes; receives detailed instructions with assignments at the beginning of the training period
    • Receives in-depth training in the application of risk targeting profiles and integrating a variety of data and human intelligence in order to determine the level of scrutiny required in a particular situation.
    • Under close guidance, performs inspection and compliance activities particularly for a wide range of transactions, special and unique conditions, and where there is a high risk of smuggling, fraud, and hostile incidents.
    GS-9/11:
    • Plans, coordinates and carries out the full range of inspection and compliance activities for diverse and complex transactions, special and unique conditions, and where there is a high risk of smuggling, fraud, and hostile incidents.
    • Monitors wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with U.S. and foreign wildlife protection laws Examines shipping containers and other transport mechanisms and related documents to ensure compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations
    • Inspects wildlife, their parts or products, and may also open and examine receptacles, containers or packages, take samples, and examine and copy records. Prepares correspondence, documents, and reports related to inspection duties.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
    • Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
    • Drug testing position: Selectees tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random drug testing post-employment.
    • Medical Requirements: Selectees must pass a pre-employment medical examination and may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if they are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
    • Drivers License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
    • Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.
    • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • May be required to work shift work and/or perform 24-hour on-call duty.

    Qualifications

    Salary information for Locations: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2021/saltbl.pdf
    Only experience and education obtained by 06/03/2021 will be considered.

    In order to qualify for this position you must possess the Minimum Qualification.

    You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    1. Completion of a 4-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
    2. One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following related fields biology, zoology, law or another closely related field that provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position.. The education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR
    3. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to perform developmental assignments and assist senior personnel in the analysis of routine investigation compliance cases, assisting with inspection, identification of wildlife, wildlife parts and products, using a variety of automated systems and equipment, apply concepts, principles, practices, and procedures of wildlife importation and exportation; OR
    4. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

    You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    1. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to under close guidance performing inspection and compliance activities for a wide range of transactions, and unique conditions concerning smuggling, fraud and hostile incidents; under close guidance examining transport mechanisms and related documents to ensure compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations; prepare correspondence; apply laws, regulations and procedures to coordinate activities and resolve problems; perform outreach activities to increase compliance with wildlife laws; collaborating with other representatives to ensure compliance with wildlife laws; OR
    2. A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 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, examples of qualifying fields include biology, zoology, law or another closely related field that provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position; OR
    3. A combination of education and experience as listed above.
    You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
    1. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: evaluating the inspection operations where the importation or exportation of wildlife is authorized; performing inspection and compliance activities for a wide range of moderately complex situations; examining transport mechanisms and related documents to ensure compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations; preparing documents and reports related to inspection duties; consulting with other representatives on procedures and requirements and resolving problems; ensuring compliance with fish and wildlife laws and regulations through education and other outreach activities. OR
    2. PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in biology, zoology, law or another closely related field that provides you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position or LL.M., if related. OR
    3. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

    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.

    Time In Grade Requirement: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,
    i. Area of Consideration.
    ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
    iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method
    Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • Require to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
    • Must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required..
    • THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required prior to appointment to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. As a condition of continued employment in this position, incumbent(s) will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
    • This position sensitivity level has been designated as critical sensitive. The selectee must undergo a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) prior to appointment.
    • The employee selected may be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

    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

    PCS INFORMATION:
    No PCS entitlements authorized

    Telework:
    This position is not suitable for telework.

    Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

    For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/"

    The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures.

    Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA. Performance documentation can be obtained by contacting the supervisors for the positions you served in during your 24 months. If they did not complete performance appraisals ask them to provide a statement of performance for each period of service. The statement must specify the dates for each employment period and your level of performance (dates should match the dates on the SF-50s).

    Current appointees:

    • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
    • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
    • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

    Former appointees:

    • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
    • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
    • Must apply for position within 2 years after separation;
    • Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
    • Must have performed at an acceptable level.


    Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority: Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC and received a certificate of non-competitive eligibility. Completed most recent Corps service, for which a certificate of non-competitive eligibility was issued, within the last 2 years. Appointment must be effected within the 2 year period.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Note: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications 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):

    GS-7:

    • Knowledge of laws and regulations governing fish and wildlife importation and exportation.
    • Working knowledge of fish and wildlife principles and techniques to identify wildlife, wildlife parts and products.
    • Skill in oral and written communication to educate and inform those concerned with the import/export of wildlife, negotiate the solution to problems, and prepare clear, concise, accurate, and timely reports and presentations.

    GS-9/11:

    • In-depth knowledge of U.S. laws and regulation, international laws and regulations governing fish and wildlife importation and exportation.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of compliance inspection procedures to monitor wildlife shipments in order to ensure compliance with U.S. and foreign wildlife protection laws.
    • Skill in oral and written communication to educate and inform those concerned in the import/export of wildlife, negotiate the solution to problems, and prepare clear, concise, accurate, and timely reports and presentations.

    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    ou must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.

    Required Documents:

    1. Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

    2. College Transcripts (if applicable): Please refer to the education section above for additional information. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    3. SF-50: (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position.

    Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility please review the How to Apply for Reinstatement page for all required documents.

    If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.

    Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.

    4. Performance Appraisal: Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. Veterans' Preference Documentation: 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 Member Copy 2 or 4 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form (i.e. VA letter). You may not be awarded preference if you do not attach the correct Veteran Documentation as specified above.

    3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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

    Review the appointment eligibility criteria in the application preview linked below: The eligibility section of the application allows you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select "yes" to and submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section or the application text.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents section.

    Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

    1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11117331.
    2. Please ensure you check the acknowledgement checkbox then click the Submit Application button to submit your application.
    3. Applications must be received by 06/03/2021 , 11:59pm ET to receive consideration.
    4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, in Applications tab, click the position title you applied to for the status. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    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.

    Agency contact information

    Human Resources Staffing Division

    Address

    Division of Human Resources
    Division of Human Resources
    5275 Leesburg Pike
    Falls Church, VA 22041
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    Next steps

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