All applicants must meet both the basic requirement for the series as well as the minimum qualifications for the grade(s) for which they are applying.
Basic Requirement, GS-0401 Biologist:
A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. - OR -
B. Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Basic Requirement, GS-0408, Ecologist: Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
Basic Requirement, GS-0150, Geographer:
A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. - OR -
B. Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Basic Requirement, GS-0807, Landscape Architect:
A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in landscape architecture or landscape design. - OR -
B. Possess a combination of education and experience. For each year short of graduation, you must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design. (Please note: The following kinds of experience are NOT acceptable as professional landscape architectural experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black-and-white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, etc.; experimental, horticultural, or landscape gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, crops, etc.; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.)
Minimum Qualifications, GS-09:
A. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service; updating or modifying geospatial databases or similar software to meet project requirements for natural resource inventory and monitoring projects; utilizing established models to analyze geospatial data; carrying out inventory and monitoring projects for landscape-wide natural resources; utilizing ArcGIS or similar software to collect and analyze scientific/technical data; and drafting portions of reports and presentations summarizing the findings of scientific or technical studies. - OR -
B. Possess a Master's or higher degree in biology, geography, landscape architecture, ecology, or another closely related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. - OR -
C. Possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equals 100% of the requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
Minimum Qualification, GS-11:
A. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service, assisting with the development of geospatial databases or similar software to meet project requirements for natural resource inventory and monitoring projects; utilizing established models to analyze geospatial data; assisting in planning inventory and monitoring projects for landscape-wide natural resources; providing guidance to researchers on geospatial software such as ArcGIS; and drafting reports and presentations summarizing the findings of scientific or technical studies. - OR -
B. Possess a PhD or equivalent degree in biology, geography, landscape architecture, ecology, or another closely related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. - OR -
C. Possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equals 100% of the requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first two years may be used in this calculation.)
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level.)
PCS Move authorized as follows: Travel and Relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations including contractor-provided home sale.
All new employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
A background security investigation MAY be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated using Category Rating, meaning that qualified candidates will be placed into one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied b y placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will receive a numeric rating you receive is based on their responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Technical Knowledge - Geospatial Database Development
- Technical Knowledge - Geospatial Data Analysis Techniques
- Project Management
- Problem Solving
- Written Communication