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Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-12-634924-MG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 to Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Klamath Falls, OR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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This position is located at the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office, Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

 

The incumbent will serve as a Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) Biologist for the Klamath Falls FWO. The PFW is a cost-share program working to protect and restore Federal trust species habitats on private lands through cooperative efforts with private landowners, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.  Responsibilities involve resource protection and restoration with emphasis on projects involving wetlands, endangered and threatened species, migratory birds, and other multiple resources.

 

For more information about the Klamath Falls FWO, visit:  http://www.fws.gov/klamathfallsfwo/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Completion of Initial Probationary Period
  • Transcript required with application (see How to Apply)
  • Valid driver's license

DUTIES:

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Major duties (at the full performance level) include, but are not limited to:

 

- Cooperatively develop projects with local watershed groups and non-projects, coordinate activities with other agencies, organizations, consultants, and landowners regardnig watershed restoration projects and plans.

- Prepare cooperative agreements between the Service and its partners, i.e., work plans, reporting and contracting requirements, budgets and responsibilities.

- Present information on the Service's restoration and monitoring activities at meetings, conferences, and symposia.

- Design, develop, coordinate, and implement restoration projects at the watershed scale that result in the rehabilitation and enhancement of habitat for aquatic species, riparian vegetation and ecological function.

- Provide comprehensive technical advice to others to aid in planning and implementing restoration activities in the Upper Klamath River Basin.

- Evaluate compatibility of rural land uses, i.e., agricultural and timber harvesting operations, with habitat restoration projects.

- Write objective, quantitative reports of riparian and wetland monitoring activities and develop recommendations for project improvement based on data analysis.

 

If selected at the GS-9 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

 

Physical Demands: The work requires average agility and dexterity and involves some physical exertion, such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, steep or rocky surfaces, crossing fence-lines, wading, riding-in or driving power and/or personal watercraft, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, carrying lifting, reaching, or similar activities.

 

Work Environment: The work is performed both indoors and outdoors.  Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered outdoors, as is expected in a diverse, mid-latitude, semi-arid climate at the Cascade Province-Great Basin ecotone.  Travel is required.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 Tuesday, April 17, 2012.  Applicable regulatory requirements 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;

(OR)

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.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS –Specialized Experience/Additional Education (minimum) - in addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements applicants must also satisfy –

 

To qualify for GS-9 applicants must meet one of the following:

 

A.   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-7) that demonstrates that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled having performed under supervision work in applied riparian and wetland restoration ecology to review, design or implement watershed restoration projects in riparian and wetland habitats. This would include conducting ecological monitoring, evaluating the probable effects and compatibility of habitat restoration projects on riparian and aquatic systems, working cooperatively with a variety of agencies, councils, non-profit groups, and private landowners on natural resource issues, and the preparing of National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documents and Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations or other environmental or regulatory documents. (OR);

B.   Successful completion of two full years of progressively higher level graduate education (i.e. 36 semesters/54 quarters, or school equivalent) or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology.  This education must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the and preparing National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documents and Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations or other environmental or regulatory documents. work of this position. (OR);

 

C.   An equivalent combination of appropriate level work experience (as described in “A” above, Additional Qualifications Requirements) and graduate education (as described in “B” above) that when combined meet the qualification requirements. Note: only graduate education in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours (or the school’s equivalent) is creditable toward this grade level when combining. 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.

 

To qualify for GS-11 applicants must meet one of the following:

 

A.  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-9) that demonstrates that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled having independently performed work in applied riparian and wetland restoration ecology to review, design or implement watershed restoration projects in riparian and wetland habitats. This would include conducting ecological monitoring, evaluating the probable effects and compatibility of habitat restoration projects on riparian and aquatic systems, working cooperatively with a variety of agencies, councils, non-profit groups, and private landowners on natural resource issues, and preparing NEPA documents and ESA consultations or other environmental or regulatory documents. (OR);

 

B.  Successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education (i.e. 54 semester/81 quarter hours or the school equivalent) or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology.  The quality of the education must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled. OR;

C.  An equivalent combination of appropriate level work experience (as described in “A” above, Additional Qualifications Requirements) and graduate education (as described in “B” above) that when combined meet the qualification requirements.  Note: only graduate education in excess of 36 semester/54 quarter hours (or the school’s equivalent) is creditable toward this grade level when combining.  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. 

NOTE:  Positive Education Requirement - All applicants (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, transcripts are required.  Note: If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions FROM THE SCHOOL (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or official letter from the school (your own descriptions are not acceptable documentation). Unofficial transcripts or copies are acceptable with application packages; however, if selected, complete official, original transcripts from the college or university are required before starting work.

 

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 http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

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.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Direct deposit of salary payment.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

 

1.    Knowledge in applied riparian and wetland restoration ecology to plan, review, design, and implement watershed restoration projects in riparian and wetland habitats.

2.    Knowledge to conduct ecological monitoring, including riparian plant identification, fish populations, stream channel morphology, soils and groundwater, water quality, and restoration project effectiveness to document trends in riparian and wetland habitats.

3.    Knowledge of agricultural practices including irrigation systems, grazing management and rural land-uses to enable the evaluation of probable effects and compatibility of habitat restoration projects on riparian and aquatic systems within an agriculturally-based community.

4.    Ability to work in a cooperative manner with federal and state agencies, tribes, local watershed councils, community partners, and private landowners.

5.    Knowledge of federal and state environmental laws, regulatory processes, and federal planning efforts to ensure that the Service’s interests are represented in restoration designs and processes.

We will then place you in one of three categories:

 

  • Qualified:   Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
  • Well Qualified:   Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • Best Qualified:   Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

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

 

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


Application of Veterans' Preference:
Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-points preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information about Veterans, visit:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx


BENEFITS:

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

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:



HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (ET) 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME Tuesday, April 17, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  The vacancy ID for this job is 634924. 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.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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. If claiming veteran's preference, proof of eligibility (e.g. DD214 or equivalent, and SF 15, VA letter, or other support documents as appropriate. See https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information for information on veteran's preference.

If claiming eligibility for priority placement as a well-qualified (i.e., your knowledge, skills and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements) surplus or displaced Federal employee in the local commuting area of the vacancy when you apply that you meet the requirements of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Department of the Interior employee that you meet the requirements of the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP).  You must provide proof when you apply that you meet the requirements as described in 5 CFR 330.605. This includes a copy of the official agency notice, copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF 50 showing current position, grade level, and duty location. See http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

If you do not submit all the required materials, 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 ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

 

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 634924

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mary Grandstaff
Phone: (503)231-6136
Email: MARY_GRANDSTAFF@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11 Ave
Portland, OR
97232

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

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.

REMINDER: 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 (634924) 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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Job Announcement Number:

R8-12-634924-MG

Control Number:

313567000