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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist (CA Condor Program Manager)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:KLBA-PINN-12-739659-MPP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 10, 2012 to Monday, October 01, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Paicines, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED!  NEW CLOSING DATE IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012. 

This position is also being advertised under Delegated Examining, Open To All U.S. Citizens.  See Vacancy Identification Number 739664.  There is only ONE position available.  If you would like to be considered under both the Merit Promotion announcement and the Delegated Examining announcement, you must submit two complete application packages; one under each vacancy announcement. 

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

  • Resume
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire
  • SF-50, only if you are a current or former federal employees
  • Transcripts, only if you are basing any part of your qualifications on education
  • Veteran's Documentation, ONLY if you are applying under the VEOA or VRA; or if you are applying under a non-competitive 30% disabled hiring authority.

 

This is a permanent position that is subject to one month of non-pay status.  Subject to non-pay status means work will last at least 13 pay periods and not exceed 24 pay periods in a year. During this period (which can be up to six months long), you will be placed in non-duty/non-pay status. Actual work schedule and period of non-duty is contingent upon funding and operational needs.

Depending on availability of other funding, work beyond 24 pay periods is possible. While in pay status you will work full-time.

This position is located within the Division of Research and Resource Management at Pinnacles National Monument in Paicines, California, and reports to the Chief of Resource Management.  Incumbent serves as the California Condor Program Manager, leading a complex endangered species recovery program involving interaction with academia, policy makers, hunters, ranchers, and the general public; employee supervision, coordination with partners; budget tracking; project administration; and team building.  Duties include some night and weekend work with occasional travel.  Must be cognizant of current and emerging issues that influence California Condor recovery; and be able to converse with a wide audience with tact, genuineness, and transparency based on scientific and direct field experience.  For information about the duties of this position, please contact Denise Louie, Resource Management Chief, at (831) 389-4486 Extension 222.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Valid state driver's license required
  • Must wear NPS uniform in accordance with uniform standards
  • Successfully pass background investigation

DUTIES:

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This position is located within the Division of Research and Resource Management at Pinnacles National Monument in Paicines, California, and reports to the Chief of Resource Management. Incumbent serves as the California Condor Program Manager, leading a complex endangered species recovery program involving interaction with academia, policy makers, hunters, ranchers, and the general public; employee supervision, coordination with partners; budget tracking; project administration; and team building. Duties include some night and weekend work with occasional travel. Must be cognizant of current and emerging issues that influence California Condor recovery; and be able to converse with a wide audience with tact, genuineness, and transparency based on scientific and direct field experience.  For more information about the duties of this position, please contact Denise Louie, Resource Management Chief, at (831) 389-4486, Extension 222.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:

  1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    OR

  2. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE OR EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION COMBINATION:

GS-0401-09:  One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include duties such as: performing inventory and monitoring of natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, and related ecological components such as air, water and/or soil for scientific studies.

OR

 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field of study. 

 

GS-0401-11:  One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: study, inventory, monitoring, restoration and management of a broad range of natural resources: vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, sensitive species and associated ecological components such as air, water and soil.

OR

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.

 

Combining Experience and Education:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience that is directly related to the work of the position are also qualifying.

Time-In-Grade:  Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  This requires applicants who have held a GS position at any time within the past 52 weeks to have served at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for this occupation.

 

NOTE: If you currently occupy, or have occupied a position in the Federal service at or below the full performance grade level (FPL) of this position, check the box for specialty code Non-Competitive on the Assessment Questionnaire.  If you have not occupied a position in the Federal service at or above the full performance grade level (FPL) of this position, check the box for specialty code Competitive on the Assessment Questionnaire.

 

Important:  Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience, go to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/.

 


Education

 

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.  If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

Requirements

You will be required to wear a National Park Service Uniform in accordance with uniform standards.

This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.  Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license. 
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.  Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, lifting and working in cramped positions and climbing.  Work requires prolonged standing and walking over a rough and uneven terrain with a backpack and/or tools.

This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.  If applicable, the appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.  Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

 

The Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to perform this position are:
Knowledge and skill in administration of a complex biological field program.

Skill in verbal and written communications.

Ability to supervise crews performing field work, including planning work, ensuring safety, and team building.

Knowledge of and experience working with endangered species studies in field situations.

Ability to synthesize scientific data into technical reports and popular writings; secure outside funding through successful grant proposal writing; and apply computer application systems to manage projects and programs.

 

In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors. Your application must show the required experience and training to receive an eligible rating.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

 


BENEFITS:

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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Pinnacles National Monument is located in California's Central Coast region of the Gabilan Mountain Range east of the Salinas Valley.  The park's 27,000 acres, with over 16,000 acres of designated wilderness, has at its core rock formations of an ancient volcanic field that originated 200 miles southeast as it crept along the San Andreas Fault over the past 23 million years or so.  The surrounding landscape is largely chaparral with areas of oak grasslands.  Beyond the park boundaries are working landscapes for ranching and agricultural operations that still support this rural part of California and uphold dark night skies.  Elevations range from 824 to 3304 feet, and temperature extremes range from 15 degrees F. in winter to over 110 degrees F. in summer. 

While administrative duties are performed in an office setting, the balance of duties takes place throughout the park with exposure to the climate prevailing at the time, including extremes of temperature and moisture.  The position is located at the east side park headquarters in Paicines, California.  The nearest communities for shopping, doctors, hospitals and other amenities are:  Hollister (40 miles - population 34,400);  King City (40 miles - population 11,000);  Gilroy (65 miles - population 41,400);  Salinas (70 miles - population 151,000); and Monterey (90 miles - population 30,000).  No government housing is available.

 

If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

 

If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. 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. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.


If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): If selection is made from this Merit Promotion certificate, travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.


 



HOW TO APPLY:

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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID  TAG:VacancyID.  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  TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Step 2

For this job announcement the following documents are required:

  • Resume - REQUIRED!
  • Transcripts - If you are basing any portion of your qualifications on education.

Veterans Preference documentation - ONLY IF YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER VEOA, VRA OR 30% OR MORE DISABLED VETERAN NONCOMPETITIVE AUTHORITY. 

  •  

Submitting Documents

 

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

 

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

 

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 739659,
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  

 

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education:
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Denise Louie
Phone: (831)389-4486x222
Email: DENISE_LOUIE@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Pinnacles National Monument
Please do not send
application materials
See How To Apply
Paicines, CA
95043
US

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 739659


1. Title of Job

Biologist (CA Condor Program Manager)


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (09-11) you will accept.


09
11

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

You may omit the availability date if you can begin work immediatley. Otherwise you must provide the date you will be available for employment. Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)


17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Competitive - CA Condor Program Mgr.
002 Non-Competitive - CA Condor Program Mgr.

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


062636069 Paicines, CA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status. If you are a current or former Federal Government employee, you MUST submit a copy of an SF-50 that reflects your permanent status in the Federal Government. You must also submit an SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held if different.

A. I am a current Federal Government employee with competitive status.
B. I am a former Federal Government employee with competitive status.
C. I am not a current or former Federal Government employee with competitive status but am eligible for a VEOA or special hiring authority appointment as described in the vacancy announcement.
D. I do not meet the requirements in any of the above statements.

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I have successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.

B. I do not meet the education requirements in 2A above, but I have a combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to biology; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
C. I do not possess the minimum qualifications requirement, as described above.

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401-09 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank, you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these additional requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position include duties such as: performing inventory and monitoring of natural resources such as vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, and related ecological components such as air, water and/or soil for scientific study.
B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience described in 3A above, but I have successfully completed two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines, and which has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this position.IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).
C. I do not have one full year of specialized experience as described in 3A above or the two years of graduate study in a field directly-related to the work of this position as shown in 3B above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level education in an accredited educational institution (50% of the qualifying education).
D. I do not possess the requirements as described above.

4. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401-11 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank, you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these specialized experience requirements, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position at the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as: study, inventory, monitoring, restoration and management of a broad range of natural resources; vegetation, wildlife, exotic and pest species, sensitive species and associated ecological components such as air, water and soil.
B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in 4A above; however, I have successfully completed three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
C. I do not have one year of specialized experience as described in 4A above, or the three years of graduate education in a directly related field as described in 4B above, but I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. For example, I have six months of the specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-11) and 45 semester hours or 68 quarter hours of appropriate directly related graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement).
D. I do not meet or exceed the requirements as described above.

KSA-1. Knowledge and experience in administration of a complex biological field program, including budget planning and management, fostering partnerships, developing collaborative research plans, preparing cooperative agreements, and ensuring safe operating procedures.

For each of the task statements below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The questions were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.
Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

5. Participate on an interdisciplinary team for the development of collaborative research plans.

6. Implement or direct the implementation of natural resources research protocols.

7. Seek viable outside funding sources.

8. Manage a program of operations that included the acquisition, management and accountability for vehicles, field equipment, specialized scientific equipment, and office space.

9. Supervise a complex program of operations in a manner that ensures safe operating procedures.

10. Manage the program budget for a complex natural resources research program.

11. Manage or serve as key official on cooperative agreements and/or contracts established with universities or other partners to complete natural resources research projects.

12. Develop common ground and collaboration with improbable partners from a wide variety of perspectives to reach conservation goals that are economically feasible and mutually advantageous.

KSA-2. Demonstrated skill in verbal and written communication for a variety of audiences including upper level management, partner organizations, interdisciplinary groups, ranchers, hunters, academia, policy makers, the general public, and the media.

13. Communicate effectively with upper management (equivalent to in-park management team to regional directorate).

14. Initiate and conduct meetings with responsibility in setting the agenda and facilitating and leading the discussions.

15. Play a substantial role on an interdisciplinary team comprised of at least three other stakeholders from local, State, Federal, university or NGO organizations.

16. Seek out partnerships to accomplish program goals.

17. Develop a cooperative agreement or MOU's (Memorandum of Understanding) with other organizations.

18. Develop scopes of work and contracts.

19. Ability to work well with hunters, ranchers and farmers.

20. Possesses first-hand knowledge of firearms, non-lead ammunition ballistics and hunting with an experience level that provides credibility to the hunter, rancher or shooter.

21. Present controversial information to a skeptical audience.

22. Translate technical/complex information into nontechnical/layman's terms and explain/communicate it or deliver briefings to groups of project personnel, managers, the general public and others.

23. Develop mitigation requirements for endangered species protection in environmental compliance documents.

24. Establish and maintain effective working relationships that foster open communications with individuals, staff at all levels, partner agencies, and other groups and organizations.

25. Demonstrate effective communication with print and broadcast media (newspaper, radio, and TV).

26. Present scientific findings at professional symposia and conferences.

27. Respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.

KSA-3. Experience in supervision, planning for and implementing fieldwork logistics with field crews, teambuilding and leadership in fostering safe work practices.

28. Hire, direct and mentor personnel for the development of an effective and highly functional team.

29. Supervise a staff of natural resources professionals, technicians, and field staff and volunteers.

30. Plan, coordinate, and schedule field biological projects.

31. Provide on-the-job training to employees, volunteers and other work groups in formal or informal settings.

32. Prepare annual employee performance plans and complete employee performance reviews.

33. Deal effectively with employee performance or conduct issues within federal and state laws and organizational policies.

34. Prepare and implement annual or multi-year work plans and budgets for a long-term monitoring or research program.

35. Use effective communication skills to foster teamwork, good morale and safe work practices supervisees.

KSA-4. Knowledge and experience working with endangered species studies in field situations and ability to direct field operations to be closely linked with research needs and protocols.

36. Record behavioral observations of animal species.

37. Safely navigate challenging outdoor terrain.

38. Capture and mark wildlife species.

39. Use radio telemetry to track wildlife species in the wild.

40. Acquire tissue samples from wildlife.

41. Use GPS to record positions of wildlife observations.

42. Collaborate with academia and other partners to produce professional and technical reports for publication in peer reviewed journals.

43. Has experience working with the federally endangered California Condor.

KSA-5. Ability to synthesize scientific data into technical reports and popular writings, secure outside funding through successful grant proposal writing and apply computer application systems to manage projects and programs.

44. Direct or oversee the management of scientific data (tabular or spatial) and information ensuring that data/information quality, security, preservation and accessibility are accomplished to established agency or other information management standards.

45. Prepare technical and nontechnical correspondence or other written work that in reply to written inquiries and communications from the general public and/or partner organizations.

46. Prepare annual program accomplishment reports or similar written reports analyzing data and summarizing accomplishments of project.

47. Adapt or modify writings to take into account the nature of the audience and the information being presented.

48. Prepare and provide written briefings, progress reports, or other communication products conveying complex scientific information to such as study/project status, findings, and recommendations to higher level management.

49. Use Microsoft Access to record, manage and report data, to perform analytical/statistical functions, and to track projects.

50. Use Microsoft Access to develop complex queries to answer questions posed by collaborating researchers.

51. Use Microsoft Excel to perform analytical or statistical functions.

52. Use ArcGIS to map animal distributions.

53. Demonstrate successful grant writing ability in both number of projects and amount of funding secured during professional career.


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KLBA-PINN-12-739659-MPP

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