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Job Title:Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-09

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R7-13-816846-ES

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

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$51,825.00 to $67,368.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 02, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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 a Wildlife Biologist for the Division of Marine Mammals Management located in Anchorage, AK.


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.

This is also being announced under R7-13-816262-ES


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


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As a Wildlife Biologist, you will:

  • Develop and evaluate study proposals and scopes-of-work for biological field investigations involving polar bears, including population and harvest surveys, capture and release, biological sampling, and habitat use studies.  Improve study methods to reduce impacts on species.  Lead field teams in a safe and effective manner, operating under changeable and potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Present information through various forms of communication in a professional, cooperative manner that maintains effective relationships with Federal, State and local agencies, Alaska Native organizations and communities, and other stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of interests.  Independently represent the agency as an expert in marine mammal biology.
  • Implement provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and develop stock assessment reports.  Evaluate permits and develop annual reports relative to implementation of the MMPA, and contribute to planning and permitting under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including ESA Section 7 consultations.
  • Manage and maintain large collections of biological and spatial information using relational databases.  Select proper statistical tests and uses appropriate software packages to conduct analyses to interpret and report on the results.  Perform mapping and data visualization task using geographical information system software (GIS).
  • Coordinate efforts with Alaska Native communities and organizations.  Work in remote villages to involve hunters, subsistence users, local wildlife managers, and residents in efforts to collect and integrate scientific and traditional knowledge into study designs and written reports of results.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Terry D. DeBruyn at (907) 786-3812.


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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 Requirement:

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.



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


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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 80 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: 816846

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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 Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-09 and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-13-816846-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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