You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.
TO QUALIFY AT THE GL-9 LEVEL, APPLICANTS MUST:
(A) Have at least 1 year of specialized natural resources/park-related law enforcement experience equivalent to the GL-7 in the federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes detecting, investigating, apprehending, citing, and arresting violators of laws and regulations for the protection of wildlife/natural resources; investigating criminal activity on public lands and/or violations of fish and wildlife laws; preparing investigation or case reports; and planning law enforcement operations for land management.
(B) Have completed a masters or equivalent graduate degree or two full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
(C) Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education (beyond the first year) as described in A and B above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Qualifying experience and education will each be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
NOTE: All applicants who are using education to qualify (including current and former employees) must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position
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 http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide official transcripts from your school.
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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position is approved as a primary law enforcement position for coverage under the special CSRS and FERS retirement provisions of 5 USC8336(c) and 5 USC 8412(d).
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE REQUIREMENT: This is a Primary/Rigorous position covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336 and 8412 which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after 20 years of service. To be eligible for this enhanced coverage, applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. Two exceptions are allowed: 1) an applicant has prior Federal service in a position covered by the enhanced retirement provisions sufficient to complete 20 years of service on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57; or 2) an applicant is a qualified preference eligible, in which case the maximum entry age is waived and the corresponding retirement age may be higher than 57 after completing 20 years of service.
Medical Requirements: Selectee must pass a comprehensive pre-employment medical examination and receive clearance by the Fish and Wildlife Services Medical Review Officer prior to appointment. Also required to undergo periodic medical examinations throughout employment in this occupation.
Psychological Screening: Selectee will be required to complete a pre-employment psychological assessment to determine suitability for this position.
Physical Requirements: Must successfully pass a pre-employment Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). Must also pass the PEB administered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as a requirement of the FLETC basic training program. Employees in this position must maintain physical conditioning as determined by periodic, mandatory PEB testing throughout their career.
Pre-Appointment Background Investigation: This position requires a law enforcement commission and is designated as critical-sensitive. A single scope background investigation is required prior to appointment, unless valid investigation is already completed.
Training: Must successfully complete required law enforcement training, to include: 19-week Land Management Police Training (LMPT) academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia; 3-week Refuge Officer Basic School (ROBS) at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and 10-week Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) including two different field training stations at various locations across the country; as well as other formal training. Must also complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training.
Drug Testing: Requires pre-appointment and random drug testing for illegal drug use.
Firearms: Required to carry a firearm to perform duties and maintain a minimum 80% proficiency with assigned firearms. Applicants must be free of domestic violence convictions and able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (18 USC 922(G)(9)).
Driver's License: Operates a variety of motorized vehicles; a valid state drivers license is required.
Motorboat Operator Certification: Motorboat operation required; must successfully complete DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC).
Financial Statement: Incumbent must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) prior to appointment and annually thereafter, to identify potential conflicts between your public responsibilities and your private financial interests.
Uniform: The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear the US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform according to Service policy.
Probationary Period: Appointment to this position requires a one-year probationary period, unless already completed.
Direct Deposit: All employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay.
Government Charge Card: Employees expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of appointment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
1. Knowledge of natural resource law enforcement techniques and methods to conduct day-to-day law enforcement activities on public lands.
2. Ability to investigate violations of natural resource laws and regulations.
3. Ability to develop and execute work and program planning for land management law enforcement.
4. Ability to communicate in writing for law enforcement purposes.
5. Skill in interpersonal/oral communications in conducting law enforcement activities.
To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here: View Assessment Questions