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Job Title:Research Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-12 (AT-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:PAC-2013-0170

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,156.00 to $97,701.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0486-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Anchorage, AK, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

USGS Science for a Changing World.  Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization?  Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives?  If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid?  Yes

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?  Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is also being advertised concurrently with PAC-2013-0169 (MP/status applicants). The concurrent announcement is open to current or former permanent Federal employees, those eligible under a special appointing authority, or veterans as described in the announcement. One vacancy may be filled from either announcement; however, either announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

The incumbent of this position is entitled to a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 5.57% in addition to the salary.  COLA may be subject to change at any time.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Overnight travel of 3-5 nights per month may be required.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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As a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a member of the Pacific walrus research team of the Alaska Science Center.
  • Responsible for studies of walruses inhabiting sea ice and coastal sites, as a part of an overall research program focusing on the response of walruses to rapidly changing sea ice environment.
  • Participate in other research activities of the walrus research team, including field work data analysis, and reporting.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Research may be conducted in vast and remote regions of Alaska. Field work is performed in rugged, remote terrains with severe wind, cold, and snow even during summer. Lifting and carrying heavy equipment various distances over rugged terrain is required. There may be no roads to field sites; transportation may include helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, or small boat. Field work may be conducted on such aircraft or watercraft. Field work is conducted in areas with wild animals, such as  bears, and firearms are typically carried for self-defense.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESEARCH WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST

Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Research Wildlife Biologist. Submit or upload all of your transcripts that show you meet the following:

Degree with major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences. This course work must have included:

- At least 9 semester hours of wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology; and

- At least 12 semester hours in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics; and

- At least 9 semester hours in the field of botany and related plant science; and

- At least 15 semester hours in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that is in or related to the duties described above, and that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes knowledge and research experience of marine animals and their ecological relationships, defining research problems, executing complex research plans, field research techniques, analytical techniques for modeling temporal and spatial dynamics of wildlife populations, presenting results at regional or national meeting, and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. OR

Candidates must have successfully completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree. This graduate study must have provided the knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. OR

Combination of graduate education in an appropriate field of study and appropriate specialized experience as described above.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment 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.

You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.  Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given 10 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:

1.  Ability to design and conduct innovative field research to answer critical questions in walrus, pinniped, or marine animal ecology. Describe any specific experiences as principal investigator working with walruses, pinnipeds, or other marine animal species, focusing on the management context of the research questions and any innovative approaches used.

2.  Skills and knowledge of statistical and modeling techniques in analyzing wildlife data, particularly animal resource selection and field measures of wildlife demographics. Include a description of the types of approaches you have used, noting the software/languages used, and degree of customization and original coding performed.

3.  Skill in communicating results of scientific research to peers within the scientific community (include a list of peer-reviewed publications in your resume). Describe the scientific and management impact of the publication you consider your most significant career achievement.

4.  Ability to work as a member or lead and manage a scientific team to generate findings that have impact on important natural resource management questions or decisions, including writing proposals and study plans, coordinating progress with collaborators, effectively communicating with clients and stakeholders, supervising staff, managing budgets, and making sound decisions.

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.  For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/non_competitive.html

Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

For phone messages, fax, or e-mail correspondence, please specify this vacancy announcement number, PAC-2013-0170 (AT-DEU), job title, and location. Hard copy or e-mailed resumes will not be accepted.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Beverly Ledbetter
Phone: 916-278-9399
Fax: 916-278-9406
Email: pacsac2@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
3020 State University Drive East
Modoc Hall, Suite 2001
Sacramento, CA
95819
US
Fax: 916-278-9406

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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Job Announcement Number:

PAC-2013-0170

Control Number:

335352200