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Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Partners)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:AT655533

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

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$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, May 7, 2012 to Monday, May 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Charleston, SC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied.  Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch a short podcast called Meet Your New Boss!

Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.  From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

This position is at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, South Carolina Ecological Service's Field Office, Charleston, South Carolina.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Only experience gained by closing date of this position will be considered


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  • Provide expertise, interpretation, coordination, and determination of compliance activities under Partners for Fish and Wildlife and the Farm Bill programs;  
  • Coordinate Farm Service Agency (FSA) inventory debt restructure, and loan review: coordinates with the Natural Resource Conservation Service on the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetland Reserve Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and Environmental Quality Incentive Program, as well as the Swampbuster provisions of the Farm Bill and other habitat protection and restoration activities;  
  • Coordinate and facilitate activities pursuant to sections 4,6,7,8 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act;  
  • Plan, investigate, conduct and reviews on-site ecological investigations on a wide variety of the most complex and diverse Federal land and water resource development proposals to determine their effects on fish and wildlife resources.  


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In order to qualify for GS-0401-7/9, Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Partners), you must meet one of the following:


A. Have a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Have a combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements described above, you must also meet one of the following:

A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service, which includes  assisting in the evaluation and monitoring of fish and wildlife data to determine that project goals and objectives are being achieved; performing data analyses and writing scientific and objective reports to describe findings and make recommendations; meeting with private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and other interest groups to discuss proposed or existing habitat restoration/enhancement projects or activities.
B. Have a bachelor's degree as described under Basic Qualifications Requirements (A) AND meet Superior Academic Achievement criteria.
Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
Class Standing - rank in the upper one - third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision.
Grade-point Average - a grade point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; or a grade point average of "B " (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
Honor Society Membership - membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).
C. Have one year of graduate level education in the course work described under Basic Qualification Requirements.  An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours satisfies the one year of full-time study requirement.

D. Have a combination of graduate level education in the course described above and experience. When determining the applicant's total qualifying experience, the education and experience will be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent.
A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7
grade level in the Federal Service, which includes assisting in planning and conducting complex inspections of existing projects to ensure compliance with policies, standards, guidelines, agreements, and plans; gathering, organizing and interpreting biological, ecological, public use or other pertinent information to insure management plans are current; evaluating and monitoring data to determine that project goals and objectives are achieved; implementing Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973; performing data analyses and writing scientific and objective reports to describe findings and make recommendations; meeting with private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and other interest groups to discuss proposed or existing habitat restoration/enhancement projects or activities.
B. Have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in subjects listed above under A (Basic Qualifications Requirements) above.
C. Have a combination of experience as described in A above and graduate level education as described in B above. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience.

You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) OR a list with all your courses, credit hours, grades, and semester year by the announcement closing date.


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:

Conditions of Employment:


1. Incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.


2.  Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle and be at least 18 years of age.

3. Incumbent must have or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license.

4. This position sensitivity level has designated as non-sensitive.  Accordingly, selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.

5. Payment of relocation expenses  will not be authorized. 



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.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories: Best Qualified or Well Qualified.  

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points 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 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSA's.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

1. Knowledge of theories, principles, and methodologies of fish and wildlife biology to include the Endangered Species Act, (Section 4,6,8 and 10).
2. Ability to establish and maintain effective public relations with diverse groups.
3. Skill in written communication. 
4. Skill in oral communication.


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Benefits:  The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at or


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 showing character of service or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service (see


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP):  If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must be placed in the "Well Qualified" category or higher in order to be given priority consideration. 


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 21, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment 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 655533.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and

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 the closing date of this announcement:


      1. Your Résumé

      2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

      3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (Copy of DD-214 provided must show type of discharge/character of service
-College transcript (unofficial copy acceptable)


Phone: (404)331-4541
Agency Information:
Atlanta Services Branch
Office of Personnel Management
75 Spring Street SW Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your rating category, 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.

Once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks), you will receive notice via email or by mail.  If no email address was provided by you during the application process, you will be notified by mail. 

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