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Job Title:Biologist (Invasive Species)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-664384-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 to Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Saipan, Mariana Island Northern Mariana IslandsView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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THIS POSITION IS A TERM POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 13 MONTHS, BUT MAY BE NON-COMPETITIVELY EXTENDED TO LAST UP TO FOUR YEARS.

This position is a Biologist (Invasive Species), GS-0401-11/12 working for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, while duty stationed on the island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. You will be responsible for the detection, prevention, eradication, interdiction, management, and control of the invasive brown tree snake in the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/.

For information about Saipan, please visit:http://proclaiminginthepacific.org/The%20Work/Quick%20Facts%20about%20Saipan.htm

 

IMPORTANT: For the first one to three months you will be in a paid travel status in Honolulu, HI for training.

 

THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO A 13.84% COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT AND 11.16% POST DIFFERENTIAL*.

*To determine if you are subject to post differential, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/postdifferential.asp.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Initial Probationary Period

DUTIES:

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1. Implement policies on the detection, prevention, interdiction, control and eradication of brown tree snakes and other invasive species in the Pacific Islands region.

2. Develop and maintain partnerships to leverage funding for brown tree snake control.

3. Coordinate outreach to inform the public about the brown tree snake and other invasive species and their related diseases.

4. Promote the conservation of native fauna and flora in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

5. Provide day to day management of quarantine efforts related to brown tree snakes and other invasive species.

6. Coordinate rapid response to snake sightings.
 

If selected at the GS-11 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.  

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.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify for the GS-0401 series as a Biologist you must meet one of the following scenarios:
A.   You must have a degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
OR
B. You must have a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must meet one of the following scenarios to qualify for either the GS-11 or GS-12 grade level.
 
GS-11
 

A. You must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a degree directly related to the work of this position.
OR
B. You must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Government. This experience can be gained inside or outside the government, as long as it is equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: Implementing monitoring, detection or eradication plans for invasive species.
 
GS-12
 
A. You must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. This experience can be gained inside or outside the government, as long as it is equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: Developing and implementing monitoring, detection and eradication plans for invasive species. 

 


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)
Must serve one-year trial period.

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:

 

KNOWLEDGE OF INTRODUCED AND NATIVE TERRESTRIAL SPECIES, WILDLIFE, AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY IN ISLAND ECOSYSTEMS

ABILITY TO FORM AND MAINTAIN PARTNERSHIPS REGARDING INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL

SKILL IN IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES FOR INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION, CONTROL, AND ERADICATION WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON BROWN TREE SNAKES

 

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.

 

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.


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 http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



OTHER INFORMATION:


HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Wednesday, June 13, 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 664384. 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. 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.
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Transcripts.
  4. Veteran’s documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable;
  5. 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 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 664384.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

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

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt.

After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. 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 your full name and vacancy number (664384) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable 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:

R1-12-664384-JC

Control Number:

316795000