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.)
A degree in biological science that includes: 1) 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 2) 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 3) at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. Please note: You must provide copies of your transcripts.
Have a 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Please note: You must provide copies of your transcripts.
To qualify for the GS-09 you must:
Have one year (52 weeks) specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience: coordinate wildlife field inventories and monitoring studies and logistics; lead collection, processing, and archival of data and biological samples; interpret data and implement wildlife management plans; prepare portions of environmental assessments pertaining to marine mammals; lead environmental impact analyses on threatened or endangered species.
Have completed 2 years of progressively higher graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology or directly related field.
Possess an equivalent combination of professional specialized experience as shown above and graduate level education beyond the first year which together equals 100% of the requirements.
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.
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. 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 wildlife biology theory and methods necessary to design and perform research for polar bears in remote regions
- Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships and communicate effectively
- Skill in applying laws, regulations, and policies on marine mammals (e.g. Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act)
- Knowledge of data processing, interpretation, and reporting
- Ability to work with Native individuals and organizations