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Job Title:Assistant Avian Health Coordinator, GS-0401-07/09

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R7-13-781944-ES

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

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$42,368.00 to $81,511.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 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.

This position serves as the Assistant Avian Health Coordinator for the Alaska Region program in Anchorage, Alaska.  This is a term position that does not confer career or career-conditional status.  This term position is not-to-exceed 13 months, but can be extended for up to 4 years without further competition.


The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


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For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.


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As an Assistant Avian Health Coordinator, you will:

  • Assist the Regional Avian Health and Disease Coordinator to plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the regional avian disease detection and health monitoring program.
  • Assist in the process to recruit the regional Morbidity/Mortality Event Response team.  Coordinate logistics associated with training team members/partners and preparation in response to an event.
  • Assist with implementing priorities and timelines for the FWS regional Avian Health and Disease Program activities and budget.  Responsible for set up and tracking of administrative and financial aspects of an interagency cooperative biological field program.  Evaluates progress of contracts and field activities and keeps operations on schedule and within budget.  Provide progress reports of findings.
  • Serve as backup point of contact for Region 7's Avian Health and Disease Program.  Communicate with other Service program within the Region as well as representatives of other Service programs, non-governmental organizations, and the public concerning avian health issues through briefing packages and face-to-face briefings.  Coordinate with Field Station Project leaders and their Avian Health staff to ensure that regional and national Avian Health and Disease detection, monitoring, and response priorities are addressed.


For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Russ Oates at (907) 351-2444


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In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show the periods you worked.) 


Basic Requirements

Degree in the biological sciences or related discipline appropriate to this position. 




Have a combination of education and experience-courses related to a major in the biological sciences plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of this position. 


To qualify for the GS-07, applicants must have:

At least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level or higher in the Federal Service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: provide technical support to a professional biologist/Program Coordinator in the development of all phases of an interagency cooperative multi-project biological field study program or mortality event response program to include: project planning, development of request for proposal; working with administrative staff to establish contracts, agreements or grants; logistical arrangements; field work; correlation and analysis of data, and completion of reports or other documents related to the project; working with a group of lower graded technicians in gathering field data in the area of avian biology.  Responsible for assisting in preparation of final drafts of reports or sections of reports and applying a wide range of conventional, established approaches, methods, techniques and solutions to new situations.




Have one full year of graduate-level education in biological sciences with course work directly related to the work of this position such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife management (birds), etc.



Meet Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).  SAA is defined as: 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study; 2) GPA 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years; 3) rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies). 


To qualify for the GS-09, applicants must have:

 At least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level or higher in the Federal Service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: provide technical support to a professional biologist/Program Coordinator in completing all phases of an interagency cooperative multi-project biological field study program or mortality event response program to include: project planning, development of request for proposals, working with administrative staff to establish contracts, agreements or grants, logistical arrangements, field work, correlation and analysis of data, and completion of reports or other documents related to the project, leading a group of lower graded technicians gathering field data.  Responsible for independently preparing final drafts of reports or sections of reports and applying a wide range of conventional, established approaches, methods, techniques and solutions to new situations.


Career Ladder Position

This is a career ladder position.  At the GS-07 and GS-09 level you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence.  You will progressively acquire the background and knowledge necessary to perform at the full performance GS-11 level.  Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor, and is contingent upon meeting regulatory and legal requirements for promotion, satisfactory performance and the availability of higher level work.  Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.


All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance. 


Direct Deposit is required.



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. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.

  • Knowledge of avian biology and field logistics
  • Knowledge of avian biology response team laws, regulations, procedures, and policies
  • Ability to develop and track the administrative and financial aspects of an avian program
  • Skill in building relationships and communicating with other programs and partners



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


Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition. 


CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.   


FWS may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. 


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We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 781944

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Emily Schrooten at (907)271-3043 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Assistant Avian Health Coordinator, GS-0401-07/09 and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-13-781944-ES.


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

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university.
  • 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 applicable.
  • 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.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, 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 10-point veterans' preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Emily Schrooten
Phone: (907)271-3043
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
AK Combined Service Center
222 West 7th Ave #13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment 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.

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