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Job Title:Wildlife Refuge Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R4-12-741620-HW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to Monday, September 17, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Sanibel, FL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by 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, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All qualified U.S. Citizens

This position is located with The Department of Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Region 4, with duty at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, FL. The incumbent of this position assists Wildlife Refuge Manager in the development and administration of the operating program and other activities. Incumbent duties include planning and carrying out work assignments involving technical biological and habitat restoration/development projects for the Refuge/WMD.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation Required


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.  Plans and executes wildlife surveys to determine population trends, patterns in reproductive

   success, timing of nesting events, and other demographic parameters of species.

.  Collects and enters data into various data bases, and analyzes data from assigned habitat

   management projects to verify content validity.

.  Conducts talks and/or tours with various groups; communicates effectively with Refuge/

   WMD staff, the general public, nongovernment organizations, and other local, state, and

   Federal agencies, and works cooperatively with diverse individuals and groups to solve

   Problems, promote cooperation, and keep the public inform on issues facing the Refuge/WMD.

.  Assists the Wildlife Refuge Manager in administering the Refuge/WMD’s fire program.

.  Plans and schedules operations and maintenance projects.

.  Performs administrative duties that are incidental to the primary program such as maintenance

   of station records and fiscal accounts, procurement of supplies, services, and equipment, and

   disposal of surplus property.




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The Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions will be used to determine qualification requirements. You must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Education Requirements:

A. Completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree with major in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology that included at least 9 semester hours (or 14 quarter hours) in zoology; 6 semester hours (or 9 quarter hours) in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in conservation biology; and 3 semester hours (or 14 quarter hours) in botany.



B. 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(or 14 quarter hrs) in zoology; 6 semester hours(or 9 quarter hrs) in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in conservation biology; and 3 semester hours(or 14 quarter hrs) in botany PLUS appropriate experience and/or additional education comparable to the completion of a 4-year course of study.


Minimum Requirements:  In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below.


Specialized Experience Requirements:  In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below.


GS-7 level:


A. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. For example: experience assisting in the development of procedures and policies to be implemented and conducted in field station operations; experience reviewing management programs; experience reviewing management and conservation plans to ensure management and biological soundness.

B. At least 1 year of graduate level education related to the position to be filled.

C. Qualify under Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) S.A.A. is based on (1) Class Standing, (2) Grade-Point Average, or (3) Honor Society Membership. (1) Class Standing: Upper one-third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses. (2) Grade-Point Average: A grade point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B or better) as recorded on the official transcript or as computed based on four years of education, or computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; -or- (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 0 (B+ or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum. (3) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society: Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Freshman scholastic honor societies cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position.

D. A combination of specialized experience and education equivalent to a full year of specialized experience. Only education beyond the first 60 semester hours towards the bachelor's degree may be combined with experience to meet the basic entry qualification requirement.

GS-9 level:

A.  Specialized Experience for the GS-09 level:  Applicants must also possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: participating in planning, direction, and implementation of all station programs; assisting in planning and carrying out refuge operations and development programs; assisting in planning, adapting and recommending land use or management techniques designed to improve wildlife habitat and assisting in planning and implementing programs for Federal and state species that are endangered or threatened or for species of special concerns.  Assisting in planning and implementing programs and collecting the technical data on specific habitat to monitor and evaluate effects of management programs; assisting in planning and overseeing the conduct of and reporting results of wildlife surveys, recreational and educational public use as well as other outputs and assisting in coordinating station activities with other agencies and organizations. 


B. At least 2 years of graduate level education related to the position to be filled.

C. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in one of the fields described in A above that included at least 9 semester hours in zoology; 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, plus appropriate experience or additional education.




1. The 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. A valid state driver's license is required.  

3. Relocation expenses will not be authorized.






Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy.  Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed.  Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.



Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:


  1.  1. Knowledge of and skill in applying, theories, principles, practices, and techniques of population and wildlife biology.
  2.  2. Skill in oral and written communication.
  3.  3. Knowledge of operation and maintenance of Refuge assets and equipment.



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.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

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Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Full performance level of this position is 09. If selection is made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance and time-in-grade; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.


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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 Monday, September 17, 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 return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 741620.  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,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
, 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.


Depending on your claimed status, the following documentation is required:

1.  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 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.
- 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.

2.  College transcript. 

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Officials transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill this position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. 

3.  Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees:  Submit a copy of your most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Service status (block 34, code 1).

4.  CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility: Documentation supporting Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) eligibility, if applicable, for displaced federal employees. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a notice of expected separation; 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. (To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must attain a well-qualified rating of 85 or higher, before the addition of veterans’ preference.) A copy of your latest performance appraisal is also required to prove CTAP/ICTAP eligibility.

5.  To claim veterans’ preference you must attach the following.VETERAN’S PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE GRANTED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED PROOF.

To claim 5 point preference - Attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty which shows the type of discharge received or other proof of eligibility.

To claim 10-point preference based on non-compensable disability or Purple Heart; compensable disability (less then 30% or 30% or more); OR spouse, widow(er) or mother of a deceased or disabled veteran - Attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty which shows the type of discharge received or other proof of eligibility AND an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documentation required by that form (i. e. a Letter from Department of Veterans Affairs indicating your eligibility for preference for Civil Service employment. c. For applicants who are still on active duty: (1) You may be granted 5-point TENTATIVE preference IF your application shows that you have the required military service such as service in a war, campaign, or expedition. (2) If you are claiming 10-point disability preference, you must include appropriate documentation from the military service or Department of Veterans Affairs. If you do not provide the documentation on disability, you may be granted 5-point TENTATIVE preference. If your application shows service as listed in (1) above. Selection under these conditions would be tentative and dependent upon final determination of preference eligibility.

More information on Veteran’s Preference is available at OPM’s web site at . 


Harvey L. Williams
Phone: (404)679-4075
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Capital Management
1875 Century Blvd Suite 370
Atlanta, GA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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