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    This position is the Assistant Regional Director - Fish and Aquatic Conservation, GS-0480-15, located in Hadley, MA.

    This position is also open to status candidates under announcement R5-21-11216649-RR-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 Admistrator your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • The ARD directs policy and staff functions in fisheries, within one of the Service's Regions. Formulates and implements policies, standards, and procedures. Surnames documents for program policy compliance before forwarding to the Regional Director. Coordinates Regionwide program issues/policies (e.g., Fisheries Operational Needs (FONS)). Develops short- and long-range plans, objectives, and priorities for ensuring adherence to the laws and policies which govern the management of the Service. Serves as an advocate and provides leadership for national and Regionwide program issues and policies (e.g., Fisheries Program national priorities). Evaluates national precedents and their impact on Regional policy and procedures and devises methods of accommodating emerging precedents. Estimates and justifies resources such as funding, space, supplies, equipment and personnel needs. Manages multimillion dollar budgets for assigned programs which are subject to rapidly changing initiatives and shifting priorities. Determines needs for special projects and studies to be carried out by subordinates, contractors, consultants, academicians, and field stations. Provides support to the field, regional teams, and the Regional Director by collaborating with the Regional Office, other ARDs, Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, and other program staff. Monitors progress, evaluates effectiveness, and recommends program changes and modifications of specific goals and objectives.
    • Implements programs such as Fish Passage Program, Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and Control Program, and Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program. Coordinates with Law Enforcement (LE) and Federal Aid (FA) organizational elements on programmatic and operational issues by identifying needs and opportunities. Implements outreach efforts. Effects Tribal and other agency coordination within the geographic area or in field stations supervised (with Regional Office Native American/External Affairs staff). Leads legislative/Congressional outreach efforts on operational issues (with External Affairs staff). Supports and reviews programmatic submissions (e.g., Congressional inquires, Congressional District Report). Develops partnerships in consultation with program and project managers, the field facility staff, and ecosystem teams.
    • Serves as an expert consultant and provides advice to the Regional Director and other Service officials and managers concerning controversial and complex scientific, political, and economic issues; prepares position papers; reviews documents and plans; and makes implementation decisions. Obtains cooperation from and maintains liaison with parties and agencies interested in decisions of the Service, such as trade associations, conservation groups, industries, civic groups, officials and scientists from other Federal government organizations, State officials, county officials, and news media representatives. Provides coordination with the States, other Federal organizations, Congressional contacts, and others. Leads program outreach efforts.
    • Exercises managerial and leadership skill in integrating multiple aspects of ecosystem management, refuge management, fisheries management, ecological services, and the migratory birds, federal aid and law enforcement programs. Analyzes and evaluates management plans, goals, objectives, and resource problems, and makes final determinations (subject to the Regional Director's and/or Deputy Regional Director's approval) regarding the final content, timing, and ongoing applicability of ecosystem management approaches.
    • Performs a full range of supervisory/managerial duties and responsibilities over the assigned staff and organizational elements. This includes the Regional Office program staff and field stations (e.g., Fish Hatcheries, Fish Technology Centers, and Fish Health Centers, Fishery and Wildlife Conservation Offices). Promotes and demonstrates a strong commitment to workforce diversity. Identifies program training/mandatory needs and expectations. Supervises the Regional Office staff work on programmatic issues. Evaluates Regional, field station staff and ecosystem teams on issue management. Coordinates the work of employees, contractors, and consultants in planning and conducting studies and projects (e.g., demographic studies, fisheries studies, quality assurance projects, public use surveys, and program effectiveness reviews) related to fishery programs.

    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, Position Sensitivity: Non-Sensitive-High.
    • 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.
    • Notice of Financial Disclosure Report Requirement: This position is subject to a financial disclosure requirement and you will be required to complete either OGE Form 278e or OGE Form 450 as applicable within 30 days of your appointment


    Only experience and education obtained by 09/24/2021 will be considered.

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

    Basic Requirement:
    1. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.. OR
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    Minimum Qualification: Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service that includes: directing policy and staff functions, developing short and long-range plans and formulating and implementing policies, standards and procedures for a state, Tribal, regional or national fisheries and aquatic conservation program; supervising staff work on programmatic issues regarding fisheries management and propagation of fish and other aquatic species, and advising management concerning controversial and complex issues affecting aquatic resources; experience collaborating with recreational fishing industry partners; and experience coordinating conservation contributions to landscape-scale fisheries plans and partnerships, such as fisheries joint ventures and the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

    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

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

    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/"

    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):

    • Mastery of oral communication in order to negotiate controversial issues and persuade others regarding the validity of findings and recommendations; to present briefings; to serve as a leader and advocate of Service programs and practices; to guide others in carrying out complex work; and to facilitate cooperation and consensus among parties with diverse interests and agendas.
    • Knowledge of budget planning and execution processes, as well as associated political and economic factors, in order to determine budget needs, influence funding levels, justify budget requests, distribute funds appropriately, approve submissions, obtain reimbursable funding, and monitor the impact of expenditures on human resources and Service objectives.
    • Mastery of the concepts, principles, and practices of fish and wildlife biology in order to direct and control scientific/program activities.
    • Knowledge of conceptual and technological advances in resource management sufficient to be recognized as an authority in order to influence others and gain the acceptance of the Service's approaches, findings, and recommendations involving significant scientific and socioeconomic matters.
    • Ability to establish positive working relationships with people that have widely varying backgrounds, objectives, and goals, including persons and groups with diverse cultural backgrounds.
    • Knowledge and skill in applying supervisory/managerial principles and methods in order to direct and motivate a diverse staff; and, a high degree of leadership knowledge and skill in order to implement agency changes through the integration of a highly specialized and scientifically sophisticated workforce.
    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

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    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.

    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.

    4. 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.

    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/11216648.
    2. Please ensure you check the acknowledgement checkbox then click the Submit Application button to submit your application.
    3. Applications must be received by 09/24/2021 ,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 Resources
    300 Westgate Center Drive
    Hadley, MA 01035
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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.
  • 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/612278800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.