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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Wildlife Biologist-EXTENDED

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2013-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,790.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to Thursday, December 06, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0486-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

The work schedule for this position is full-time. - This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Carson City, NV, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team! 

The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located Carson City, Nevada. Information about the area can be found at Carson City Chamber of Commerce

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:

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The duties of the Wildlife Biologist include but are not limited to:

  • This position functions as the wildlife habitat management biologist within the field office and has responsibility for coordinating projects and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents with outside agencies, entities, and publics.
  • The incumbent will serve as the field office's principle contact with numerous local, state, and federal agencies in cooperative biological or ecosystem management endeavors.
  • Incumbent will also be responsible for accomplishments of the wildlife program and is accountable for the conception, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring, and tracking of appropriate habitat management goals, objectives, plans and projects as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

OR 

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.

OR

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.

OR

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.

  • 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.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
  • CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
  • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • May require completion of a one year probationary period.
  • Occasional travel may be required.


HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. 

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. 

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. 

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education.  All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.
  • Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.  For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  For preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
  • If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other non-competitive Special Appointing Authorities, you must submit proof of eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile:

Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

Uploading Documents:  Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV
89520-0006
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. 

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NV-DEU-2013-0012

Control Number:

330219700