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    These three Fish and Wildlife Administrator, GS- 0480-14 positions are the SE Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Coordinator, the Gulf Science Coordinator, and a Landscape Conservation Leader. They are part of Conservation Science and Innovation program in the FWS So Atlantic-Gulf Basin Region.

    This position is also open to status candidates under announcement R4-21-11200901-IS-MP. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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    As a Fish and Wildlife Administrator your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    This position is part of a dynamic team engaged in coordinating and facilitating a partnership initiative focused on planning and implementing landscape scale conservation. We are looking for individuals who can build coalitions, nurture essential relationships, identify and advance strategic goals, and embrace the challenges of complex natural resource and administrative issues.

    The successful applicants will have extensive experience working with state fish and wildlife agencies, federal natural resource management agencies, and/or conservation nonprofits and partnership organizations engaged in large scale conservation planning and implementation. We seek individuals with demonstrated abilities to work cooperatively and collaboratively with partners across diverse sectors and on a wide range of issues. The ability to engage with other leaders on matters of strategic importance is essential.

    These positions provide opportunities to exercise extensive leadership skills in inspiring others, strategic and critical thinking, articulating and tangibly advancing a vision, and encouraging innovation and creativity. Understanding, nurturing, and building trust in interpersonal relationships are keys to success in this role. Your proven ability to demonstrate these qualities will be a key determinant in the selection process.

    Gulf Science Coordinator
    Locations: Alabama: Fairhope, Daphne; Florida: Tallahassee; Georgia: Atlanta; Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lacombe; Texas: Arlington, Austin, Tyler, Clear Lake.
    This position serves a leadership role among multiple formal organizational teams engaged in coordinating and facilitating science and information focused on planning and implementing landscape scale conservation across the Gulf of Mexico. The FWS Gulf Science Coordinator provides essential leadership for networking across sectors and among partner organizations to connect lands and waters along the Southeast for the benefit of ecosystems, species, and people. We are looking for an individual who can build coalitions, nurture essential relationships, identify and advance strategic goals, and embrace the challenges of complex natural resource and administrative issues.

    Landscape Conservation Leader
    Locations: Arkansas: Conway; Kentucky: Frankfurt; Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Lafayette; Mississippi: Jackson; Missouri: Columbia; North Carolina: Asheville; Tennessee: Cookeville; Texas: Arlington, Austin, Tyler.
    This position supervises a dynamic team engaged in coordinating and facilitating planning, implementing, and evaluation at landscape scale across the Southeastern states (with a focus in Western or Appalachian states in the Southeast). The FWS Landscape Conservation leader provides essential leadership for networking across sectors and among partner organizations to connect lands and waters along the Southeast for the benefit of fish and wildlife trust species including migratory birds and their habitat.

    Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Coordinator
    Locations: Alabama: Fairhope, Daphne; Florida: Jacksonville, Tallahassee; Georgia: Atlanta; Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lacombe; Mississippi: Jackson; Missouri: Columbia; North Carolina: Raleigh, Asheville; South Carolina: Charleston; Tennessee: Cookeville; Texas: Arlington, Austin, Tyler.
    The SECAS Coordinator provides essential leadership for networking across sectors and among partner organizations to connect lands and waters in the Southeast for the benefit of ecosystems, species, and people. The ability to engage with other leaders at an executive level on matters of strategic importance to the initiative is essential. The successful applicant will have extensive experience working with state fish and wildlife agencies, federal natural resource management agencies, and/or conservation nonprofits and partnership organizations engaged in large scale conservation planning and implementation. We seek an individual with demonstrated abilities to work cooperatively and collaboratively with partners across diverse sectors and on a wide range of issues. The ability to engage with other leaders at an executive level on matters of strategic importance to the initiative is essential. secassoutheast.org

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply).
    • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
    • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Supervisory Probationary Period: Selectees who have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.


    Only experience and education obtained by 09/08/2021 will be considered.

    In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

    Basic Requirement:
    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, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR
    Experience: Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.

    Minimum Qualification [GS-14]
    One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-13 in the Federal service. Experience may include: 1) Coordinated and implemented program on natural resources conservation policy with regional (across states) or national level officials that may include direct or indirect communication with legislative staff, congressional delegates and/or special interest groups on wildlife conservation resources; 2) Collaboratively formulated landscape conservation vision and supervised a diverse group of technical subject matter experts and/or subordinate supervisors, addressing strategic planning, articulating a vision for the organization, and aligning actions to achieve targeted outcomes; 3) Applied conservation goals at a regional (across states) or national scale through landscape-level or multi-watershed planning processes; 4) Participated on inter-organizational teams involving state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to facilitate coordination of regional (across states) or national habitat and wildlife resource conservation goals.

    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.


    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

    Salary will be based upon duty station and locality pay once selected.

    Daphne, Alabama, Fairhope, Alabama, Conway, Arkansas, Jacksonville, Florida, Tallahassee, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Frankfort, Kentucky, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lacombe, Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Columbia, Missouri, Asheville, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, Cookeville, Tennessee, Arlington, Texas, Austin, Texas, Clear Lake City, Texas, Tyler, Texas

    This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    Entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. All moving expenses are taxable. Relocation discretionary entitlements May be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.

    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/".

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications outlined 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):

    • Knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of supervision and management to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate program activities.
    • Skilled in the principle and practices of administrative and program management.
    • Knowledge of the policies, procedures and regulatory requirements governing activities to provide expert technical advice to leadership.
    • Knowledge sufficient to evaluate program effectiveness and efficiency as well as functional resource and fiscal plans.
    • Knowledge of the arts of communication and the ability to work effectively with the Regional Office staff, peers, and superiors and external partners.
    • Critical reasoning skills to lead and manage people through strategic thinking, decisive actions, negotiations, and partnerships.
    • Executive leadership skills to work effectively with high level officials; to persuade others; and to build consensus that in order to gain cooperation from others to accomplish the assigned organizational goals.
    • Knowledge of, and skill in applying, supervisory/managerial principles and methods in order to direct and motivate a diverse staff.
    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, Well Qualified, and Qualified

    The category rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the 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).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

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

    Required Document:
    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: 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.

    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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    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.


    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/11200624.
    2. Please ensure you check the acknowledgement checkbox then click the Submit Application button to submit your application.
    3. Applications must be received by 09/08/2021 ,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


    Division of Human Resources
    Division of Human Capital Management
    1875 Century Blvd Suite 370
    Atlanta, GA 30345
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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 hiring official.
    You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.
    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.
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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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