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Job Title:Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-12-604743-MG

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 16, 2012 to Friday, March 9, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Yreka, CA United StatesView Map


Open to Status Candidates who are current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under Federal Special Hire Authorities, veterans who are preference eligibles or eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), and CTAP/ICTAP eligibles (displaced federal employees within the local commuting area).


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This position is located at the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office (YFWO), Yreka, California.


This position is the Deputy Field Supervisor (DFS) of the YFWO with line responsibility for supervising all YFWO programs and activities associated with the Ecological Services and Fisheries Programs as well as the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program activities in the mid-Klamath region of north-central California.  The DFS is charged with carrying out the Service's Congressionally legislated authorities, court-mandated actions, treaty and Trust responsibilities, and Interior Department policies and national goals, including, but not limited to, the Northwest Forest Plan, the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Power Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other Federal laws, policies, and administrative regulations.


For more information about YFWO visit:


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Subject to completion of Initial and Supervisory Probationary Periods
  • Must have Federal employment status to apply.
  • Document (SF50-B) verifying your eligibility status MUST be submitted.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Transcript required with application (see How To Apply)


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Major duties include, but are not limited to:


-Authority for all official business conducted by the YFWO, which includes: the Forest Resources and Endangered Species Branch as they review private land Timber Harvest Plans for potential effects to listed species; ESA Section 7 consultations; planning and recovery actions for listed and candidate species; the Habitat Restoration Branch who works in partnership with local groups and private landowners, agencies, and tribes to identify, restore, and protect valuable native habitats within the Klamath Basin in northern California; Service authorities regarding the licensing of the Klamath River Hydro-electric Project; and, the Administrative Branch who manages the station budget, human resources, acquisitions, travel vouchers, and property management, as well as contracts and cooperative agreements with private and agency cooperators.

-Provide technical assistance and comments on official documents, correspondence, contracts, and acquisitions.

-Perform a full range of supervisory responsibilities, including performance reviews, work assignments, work plans, timesheets, personnel actions, credit card monitoring, official use of government property, travel vouchers, ethics, etc.

-Assist the Field Supervisor in the development and administration of the YFWO budget and carrying out expenditures according to applicable laws and regulations within budget allocations.

-Lead and direct the preparation of official documents prepared pursuant to the Service's regulatory responsibilities and ensure they are in compliance with current policy and format. 


Physical Demands: the work is mostly sedentary performed at a desk.  Occasional field work may require hiking in rough terrain.  Travel to meetings or workshops is required which may involve several hours by car, commercial airlines and overnight hotel stays.


Work Environment: The work is usually performed in an office setting.  Field locations can involve hot, cold, windy, or dry conditions.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (ET); 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME on Friday, March 09, 2012.  Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.  


BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Education (entry level minimum) - applicants must meet one of the following:


A. Successful completion of all requirements for a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology;


B. An appropriate combination of education and experience.   Education must include successful completion of course work equivalent to a major (at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours, or the school equivalent) in an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology; PLUS experience directly related to the position being filled and/or additional related education.   The quality of the combination of education and experience must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled and equal 100% of the requirement when combined.

Positive Education Requirement - Because the basic (minimum) qualification requirements for this position include higher education with specific course work, you MUST provide transcripts with your application to verify education accomplishments.   Transcript information must include the name of the school, program major, credit hours and grades earned, and grade point average or class ranking.   Note: If individual courses are not easily identifiable as satisfying the required courses shown to meet the minimum standard, you must submit written individual course descriptions for those classes that are VERIFIED BY THE SCHOOL, i.e. from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or official letters from the Departments (your own descriptions are not acceptable documentation). Current and former Federal employees are also required to submit transcripts with their application whether or not they have held the same series/grade. Unofficial transcripts or copies are acceptable with application packages; however, if selected, complete official, original transcripts from the college or university are required to be on file before starting work.


ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT – Specialized Experience (minimum) - in addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements above, all applicants must possess at least:  At least one year of equivalent full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-12).  Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position to be filled having equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge's, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Further defined for this position, experience must have involved such activities as: leading, directing, supervising, planning and conducting comprehensive fish and wildlife ecosystem management and restoration activities for a large organization that included identification, development, and implementing investigative projects and field biological studies and investigations; evaluated or assisted with development of habitat protection and enhancement planning documents and biological reports and recommendations to avoid or minimize adverse effects on listed species; applied a thorough understanding of the Endangered Species Act including Sections 4, 7, 9, 10, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and other pertinent laws, statutes, policies, and authorities; modified and adapted standard biological techniques, processes, and procedures; served as a technical advisor on biological natural resources issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources; delivered briefing statements and presentations; and, prepared reports, correspondence, etc. The work must also have included coordinating the efforts of multiple personnel involved in habitat or conservation and recovery for a variety of ecosystems; provided technical expertise on biological natural resources issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources; carried out assignments independently, provided leadership on projects and policy; adapted methods and procedures to new situations; resolved conflicts that arose and solved problems in terms of established objectives; and, developed and maintained effective working relationships and liaisons outside the organization, such as with congressional offices and the general public.


This is not a trainee level position. To fully meet the qualifications requirements for this position, you must have performed the required specialized work functions to a measurable extent at the defined level of complexity and responsibility and for the minimum length of time as stated in this vacancy, evidenced in your work history. If you have not held this occupational series/grade before in the federal government, it is recommended you include in your job history on your resume the percentages of time you spent performing specialized duties for each work period.  

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not adequately describe the specific function(s) that support some/all of your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for that experience.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment):

Supervisory training will be required.

Direct deposit of salary payment.

Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.


We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The experience you describe in your resume must be sufficiently detailed to support your responses to the tasks in the Questionnaire or your score may be lowered, you may be rated not eligible, or found not qualified.

The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job, which are:


    • Skill in supervision.
    • Skill to communicate orally.
    • Skill to communicate in writing.
    • Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and permit processes affecting fish and wildlife management, particularly the ESA, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.
    • Knowledge of biology and management of threatened and endangered species that includes forests and fuels practices.
    • Knowledge of anadromous fish species and habitat restoration techniques.

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.   Assessment Questions preview:  View Assessment Questions


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position may be authorized for current Federal employees in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.



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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (ET); 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME on  Friday, March 09, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link   The vacancy ID for this job is 604743.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


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

2. Print this OPM Form 1203-FX  to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.




For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

  1. -Resume or Application. Your work history must contain at a minimum descriptions of your experience relating to this position enough to substantiate you satisfactorily meet experience requirements, and include employer names, job titles (include job series and grades, if federal), employment periods starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and salary rates.
  2. -Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.   Online Questionnaire
  3. -Transcripts required with application. Unofficial or copies are acceptable with application packages.
  4. -Document(s) verifying your eligibility for this job. You must submit at least one document listed below:
  • SF-50, or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee applying for transfer, reassignment, change to lower grade, or reinstatement. Must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34;
  • Veteran's documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate);
  • Returning Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer's statement of service, including dates;
  • Schedule A (Federal Employment of People with Disabilities) - proof of disability and certification of job readiness. See
  • Proof of eligibility under an Interchange Agreement, or other appointing authority;
  • Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal Employees under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program. See


If you do not submit all required materials/information, we will not be able to fully process your application and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.


If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at


If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 604743.


Mary Grandstaff
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11 Ave
Portland, OR


Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an automated email acknowledging its receipt.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

REMINDERS:  It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (604743) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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