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Job Title:Biological Science Tech (Wildlife)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:DS-640699-CS

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

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$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to Monday, April 23, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




1 vacancy - East Lansing, MI United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The incumbent serves as a Wildlife Biological Science Technician, specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. 

This position is located in the Joint Venture Division of Migratory Birds and State Programs office located in East Lasing, Michigan.

This is a term position not to exceed 13 months but may be extended up to 4 years.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Infrequent overnight travel required
  • Drivers' License is required


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The incumbent serves as a Wildlife Biological Science Technician, specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, assisting staff of the Joint Venture Science Office and other FWS programs (i.e. Ecological Services and Partners for Fish and Wildlife /Private Lands) in Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC).  Primary duties include development of focal-species conservation strategies and decision-support tools.  Employee will gather species life history information and digital spatial data from various sources for use in model development and graphic display of species population ranges, expansion potential, and habitat gaps.  Incumbent independently communicates with scientists, GIS specialists, and others in gathering species conservation information from the literature and ongoing studies, plus digitized maps, aerial photographs, and sometimes local information to develop new data layers.  Employee assists in reviewing protocol and methodology for research and monitoring projects, and occasionally participates in field surveys and data collection.  Assignments will also include developing visual displays, charts, and Power Point presentations.


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To qualify for this position, you meet one of the following requirements:


A. You must have at least one year of experience that demonstrates knowledge of wildlife biology and management principles and techniques; ability to use geographic information systems, aerial photography and survey techniques and global positioning systems; ability to use computer technology to maintain and retrieve information from automated systems. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-6 Federal grade level or equivalent pay systems.   OR

B. A full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related wildlife biology AND meet one of the following requirements for Superior Academic Achievement: 1) Class standing - Graduated in the upper third of the class based on completed courses in the college, university or major subdivision; 2) Grade Point Average - 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 scale as recorded on official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. (You must provide a copy of your transcript and documented proof of GPA or honor society membership).  OR

C. Have at least one full year (18 semester hours or equivalent) of graduate education in a field that is directly related to the work of the position (wildlife biology/wildlife management).

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:






CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Technical knowledge of principles, practices and terminology related to wildlife biology and wildlife management and a familiarity with related disciplines.

·         Knowledge of laws and regulations, and policies pertaining to the protection of wildlife and their habitat.

·         Ability to use computer technology to maintain and retrieve information from automated data systems, develop spreadsheets, and use word processing and statistical software programs in order to develop reports.

·         Familiarity with geographic information system, aerial photography and survey techniques, and global positioning systems.

·         Ability to communicate orally in order to meet and deal effectively with people of different backgrounds including representative of state, Federal and private agencies and organizations.

·         Ability to communicate in writing in order to assist in the preparation of wildlife management plans.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).



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These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: or


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference."  For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:  

1.   Your Resume


2.   A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire


3.   Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below):


4.   College Transcripts (Official transcripts are not required).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 23, 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. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page 

using the following Vacancy ID 640699. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


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


If you cannot apply online:

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


2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire. The URL is:  


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


The following documents are required and must be received by Monday, April 23, 2012:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

           - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 

           - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


Carlene R. Smith
Phone: (210)805-2417
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
San Antonio Services Section
8610 Broadway Rm 305
San Antonio, TX
Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive status notifications through Application Manager or via email within 4-6 weeks.

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