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Job Title:Wildlife Refuge Manager (DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-640886-AM

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

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$83,507.00 to $128,282.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 6, 2012 to Wednesday, April 11, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Honolulu, HI United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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This position serves as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Monument Manager for the 140,000-acre Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Monument) which includes the Midway Atoll and Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuges. The Monument stretches approximately 1,200 nautical miles in a northwesterly direction from the main Hawaiian Islands, and consists of emergent and submerged lands, coral islands and reefs, seamounts, banks, and shoals. Most of the remote islands are not inhabited by humans. The encompassed refuges support breeding grounds for nearly 22 million seabirds of 17 species, and a dynamic reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species, half of which are unique to the Hawaiian Island chain, including a number of threatened or endangered species. Midway Atoll NWR is also designated as the Battle of Midway National Memorial in recognition of the bravery of the soldiers who fought this historic World War II battle. The entire Monument holds great significance for Native Hawaiian culture, including numerous historic and cultural sites. The Monument is administered from a central office located in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information see our Websites at:


ADDITIONAL SALARY INFORMATION: For 2012, a 12.25 percent cost of living allowance (COLA) will be paid in addition to salary.  COLA rates are subject to change.


This position will be filled at either the GS-13 or GS-14 level. Only one position will be filled. Pay range: 

GS-13: $83,507 (step 1) to $108,558 (step 10)

GS-14: $98,680 (step 1) to $128,292 (step 10)


This announcement is open to all US citizens. The position is also announced under merit promotion procedures open to Federal status applicants. See announcement R1-12-631987-AM if you are eligible to apply under merit promotion procedures.


  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Background investigation for moderate-risk designation required.
  • This is a supervisory position.
  • Travel by boat and/or airplane required.
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)


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The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Monument) is managed by the Co-Trustees of the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the State of Hawai‘i, in coordination with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  It includes the Service-managed Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, as well as three areas under the management of Monument partners: the NOAA Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve and State of Hawai'i Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Refuge and Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary. All major duties are performed in consultation with the Co-Trustees, which greatly increases management complexity without reducing responsibility.


Serves as the Monument Manager for the Service and is responsible for planning, leading, and administering a complex operation. Develops Monument policy and implementing regulations with Monument co-managers. Coordinates with Federal, State, and local government agencies, Native Hawaiian organizations and elders, members of Congress, and special interest groups.


As part of the Monument Management Plan, formulates and implements Comprehensive Conservation Plans for the two national wildlife refuges, which include long-range plans for research, environmental education, law enforcement, visitor services programs, wildlife and habitat management, invasive species prevention and control, and disease prevention and control.


Supervises the work of approximately 30 permanent, term and temporary professional and technical staff, in four primary locations: the Honolulu office, Midway Atoll, Tern Island and Laysan Island. Conducts administrative operations, budget and fiscal requirements, personnel and property management, facility maintenance, and public relations.


If selected at the GS-13 level, duties will be performed under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.


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.



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.



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

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

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.


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:








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.


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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 will 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 (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Friday, April 27, 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 640886. 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 OPM 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: 

·         Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

·         Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

·         Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable for application purposes).

·         Veteran’s documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable.

·         Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred.  See

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

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 640886.


Anna McClintock
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
Division of Human Resources-Region 1
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR


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 (
640886) 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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