Basic Education Requirement:
Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
A. Degree in biological science that included: - At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and - At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); AND at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
B. Combination of education and experience--equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
To qualify using education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit all of your college transcripts; a certificate of diploma cannot be used to determine applicant qualification. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:
In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below in addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as demonstrated examples of the following: Planning and conducting wildlife field inventories and monitoring studies, interpreting data and assisting in preparing wildlife management plans, preparing reports, and recommending habitat management practices.
Completion of two (2) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology or related field such as mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as demonstrated examples of the following: Preparing wildlife portions of environmental assessments, analyzing surface use proposals on Threatened and Endangered Species, planning and conducting wildlife field inventories and monitoring studies, and interpreting data and preparing wildlife management plans.
Completion of three (3) full years of graduate level education in a directly related field leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology or related field such as mammology, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
This position fallus under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and has an Individual Occupation Requirement (IOR) located on the OPM website.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. The work includes both office and field conditions. Requires physical exertion such as long period of walking, standing, crouching or riding motorcyles and all terrain vehicles over rough, uneven, or rocky terrain. Extended period of driving of four wheel drive vehicles over rough terrain is required to reach remote areas. Overnight camping may be required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
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- KSA 1) Knowledge of concepts, principles, methods and mechanics germane to wildlife species and habitat management techniques, biological diversity, and ecosystem health.
- KSA 2) Knowledge of Endangered Species Act of 1976, as amended.
- KSA 3) Knowledge of multiple use and sustained yield concepts in order to adequately consider other resource needs in the planning process; and of analyses relative to all aspects of wildlife species and habitats, biological diversity, and ecosystem health.
- KSA 4) Knowledge of the principles of multiple-use and sustained yield management sufficient to recommend solutions to significant resource problems and conflicts; and respond appropriately to changes in policies, project trends, and improvement in processes and systems.
- KSA 5) Ability to recommend resolutions on strongly contested resource management and ecosystem related issues, and skill in oral and written communications.