You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS GS-485:
ALL applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements:
A. Have completed a four-year degree in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology that included at least:
---9 semester hours in zoology AND
---6 semester hours in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management AND
---3 semester hours in botany, AND
---3 semester hours in conservation biology. (NEW*)
B. Have completed courses in an accredited college/university equivalent to a major in zoology, wildlife management, or appropriate field of biology, that included at least 9 semester hours in zoology; 6 semester hours in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in botany, and 3 semester hours in conservation biology PLUS possess appropriate experience and/or additional education comparable to the completion of a 4-year course of study.
NOTE: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify 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.
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 course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
*NEW: The new requirement for conservation biology applies to applicants who have not held a position in the 0485 series prior to December 3, 2010 (effective date of revised qualification standard). You must submit a copy of your transcripts and a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to document that you encumbered a position in the 0485 series prior to December 3, 2010 in order to meet the education requirement based on the previous standard.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13:
In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, to qualify for GS-13, applicants must also meet the following:
At least 1 year of specialized experience as a refuge or public lands manager equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service (or equivalent non-Federal experience). Specialized experience includes day-to-day management of a national wildlife refuge, or other public lands, that involves a variety of programs such as wildlife biology and habitat management; visitor services/public use; land use planning; business administration and budget development; facilities and equipment management/maintenance; public relations and negotiation; and development and implementation of long-range conservation management plans.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-14:
In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, to qualify for GS-14, applicants must also meet the following:
At least 1 year of specialized experience as a refuge or public lands manager equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service (or equivalent non-Federal experience). Specialized experience includes management of a large or multi-refuge complex that involves nearly all refuge programs: wildlife and habitat management; archeological/historical site management; visitor services/public use; land use planning; law enforcement; facilities and equipment management; resource and budget prioritization; administrative services; development and implementation of long-range conservation management plans. Demonstrated public relations and negotiation of complex and controversial natural resources management issues with diverse stakeholders. Demonstrated success in complex partnerships.
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
If any required coursework on your transcripts is not easily recognizable as meeting the specialized course requirements for basic qualification, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Work Environment: The work is usually performed in an office setting, however, there may be occasional exposure to risks and discomforts such as adverse weather conditions on land, in boats or on vessels, or in small aircraft.
Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as climbing and walking over wet, rough, steep, uneven, and rocky surfaces. May require lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds in performance of recurring work on refuge lands.
The work may also require snorkeling (or diving, if Service certified) in rough sea conditions.
Travel: Trips to remote islands as well as travel for meetings is required, including overnight travel. Required to maintain a current U.S. Passport, required for travel to Midway Atoll.
Supervisory Probationary Period: Required to serve a 1-year supervisory probationary period.
1-year initial probationary period required.
Direct Deposit of salary payment is required:
Government Charge Card: Employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
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:
· ABILITY TO MANAGE PUBLIC LANDS AND THEIR NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
· KNOWLEDGE OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF WILDLIFE BIOLOGY, HABITAT MANAGEMENT, AND CONSERVATION PLANNING
· SKILL IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND NEGOTIATION
· KNOWLEDGE OF APPLICABLE FEDERAL ACTS, LAWS, AND REGULATIONS
· ABILITY TO SUPERVISE AND LEAD A DIVERSE STAFF
· ABILITY IN BUDGET ADMINISTRATION
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. To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here 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.