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Job Title:Biological Scientist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-0200-0754DP-SSP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$73,848.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 10, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Golden, CO View Map


US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.


This position is located at the Regional Office in Renewable Resources in Golden, Colorado and will serve as the Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species Program Manager.  The incumbent will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing that program at the Regional level.


For more information about the duties of this position, please contact the supervisor, Robert Lee at 303-275-5002 or


This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0200-0754G-SSP which opens on 12/10/12 and closes on 1/7/13.  Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement (13-0200-0754G-SSP) in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.  Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.


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Duties and Responsibilities below are based on the full performance level of the position, GS-13, and they include but are not limited to:


1. Serves as primary assistant to the Director of Renewable Resources in program planning, policy development, and implementation of the Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive (TES) Species Program. Assists the Director in the coordination of Regional programs, budgets, priorities, and accomplishment reporting for the TES species program.


2. Serves as the Regional technical expert in interpreting National Forest legal responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and related agency policies. Reviews programmatic and project-level NEPA documents and biological assessments to assure compliance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.


3. Serves as principal liaison with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for species recovery efforts and interagency coordination. Represents the Region on several interagency teams developing conservation strategies and recovery plans.


4. Keeps Regional Director, RO staff, Forest Supervisors, and National Forest and Grasslands staff informed of major TES species issues, listing decisions, litigation, and other developments.


5. Provides technical assistance, training, and direction to Forests in the application and integration of TES species management principles with other resource management programs and in Land Management Plans.


6. Serves as principal liaison with other Federal and State wildlife agencies to coordinate programs for TES species.


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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience and educational requirements.


 In order to qualify in the 0401 series, which is a professional series, the applicant must first meet the individual occupational requirements for this positions which requires positive education. According to OPM, the educational requirements for this position are: 

1.  Degree in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry or Related disciplines appropriate to the position. 


2.  Combination of Education and Experience – courses equal to a major as show in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

If you don’t have a specific degree in one of the fields listed in number 1 above, but have a different degree, it is possible to use additional coursework equivalent to a major in one of the fields above in order to qualify. OPM standards show that having coursework equal to a major is like having 24 semester hours in a certain field (for this job the coursework has to be in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Chemistry or related discipline appropriate to the position). Forest Service has determined that coursework has to be in the 0300 or 0400 level courses (junior and senior level classes) in order to meet OPM’s definition of coursework that has been “sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.”



To qualify at the GS-12 grade level in the 0401 series, the applicant must first meet the individual occupational requirements (educational requirements) of the series AND have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level in the 0401 series, the applicant must first meet the individual occupational requirements (educational requirements) of the series AND have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of Specialized Experience for this position may include: Work directly with Threatened, Endangered and/or Sensitive Species. Assist with preparing NEPA documents and/or biological assessments. Act as a liaison between agencies to share factual information dealing directly with Threatened, Endangered and or Sensitive species.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period 


You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: .


Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management.  However, promotion is neither implied or guaranteed.

The full performance level of this position is GS-13.  If the incumbent is selected at the GS-12 grade level, they will be non-competitively promoted to the GS-13 grade level after completing time-in-grade, specialized experience and performance requirements.  Typically this occurs after 12 months (52 weeks) at the lower grade level, but can vary based on individual circumstances.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  

Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: for general information on the Forest Service.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


The following documents must be submitted to constitute a complete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents will result in elimination from consideration.

1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.

2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.

3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.

4. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee that will verify your federal status, position title, series and grade. FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher.

5. Annual Performance Appraisal if you are a current Federal employee. Submit the most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

6. Certification of Disability if you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority. This certification can be documented by a counselor from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals’ letterhead stationary; or by statements, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability, is eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at:

7. If you are eligible for appointment based on service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.

8. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if separated from Federal service or pending separation based on a reduction in force (RIF) or other management workforce reduction action. Proof of eligibility must include a separation notice or Certificate of Expected Separation, SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action or most recent SF-50 (that is not an award), and latest performance appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a statement advising why one is unavailable.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. 


HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248
Fax: 866-338-1328
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USDA Forest Service
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If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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