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Job Title:Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:BLMAK-13-835815-MA

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

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$42,368.00 to $81,511.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Fairbanks, AK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The BLM manages more land – 253 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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.


For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM

This position is located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska


This is also being announced under BLMAK-13-834962-MA, open to status candidates.

This position serves as a Wildlife Biologist in the BLM Fairbanks District Office, Central Yukon Field Office.  Conducts inventories, develops habitat management plans, and participates in land use planning and environmental analysis.  Requires a working knowledge of public land laws and subsistance regulations and a basic knowledge and understanding of related natural resource fields.



  • U.S. Citizenship is Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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As a Wildlife Biologist, you will:

·         As part of an interdisciplinary team, assist in scoping, writing, and review of Environmental Analysis and Impact Statements prepared by CYFO staff.

·         Provide wildlife expertise for realty actions, special recreation permits, surface protection and reclamation of mining operations, use permits, material sales, material site right-of-way, oil and gas and other mineral leases and explorations, and on any other action needing wildlife input.  Assist in preparation of stipulations to protect and enhance resource values.

·         Represent the Central Yukon Field Office, as directed, at professional meetings and on various committees when wildlife matters or related subjects are included.

·         Assist in collection, interpretation, and reporting of wildlife use data for input into the subsistence program. Reviews regulations and makes recommendations regarding subsistence uses.

·         Use various computer software programs to analyze data and prepare reports and correspondence.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Tim Hammond at (907) 474-2210.

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At lower grade levels, assignments will be more limited in scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.



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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 Education Requirement:

A Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 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; AND 3) at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.  OR 

A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science, which includes the required semester hours in subjects as described above. Please note: You must provide copies of your transcripts.

Additional Qualification Requirements:

GS-07:  One year of professional specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include providing input specific to wildlife management into resource management documents.  Experience conducting field inventories in conformance with accepted scientific standards and practices. Working knowledge of scientific and technical writing techniques and standards with experience writing scientific papers and reports as part of an undergraduate curriculum; explaining biological concepts to colleagues in the terrestrial and avian fields of expertise; and experience using office automation software (word processing and spreadsheets, GIS, databases).   OR

One year of graduate-level education in wildlife biology or a directly related field.  OR

Have graduated with a bachelor's degree which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work AND I have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) during my undergraduate studies. I meet the SAA by one of the following three methods: (1) class standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university or major subdivision; (2) grade point average - 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on my official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B " or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision). Submit a copy of your transcript and proof of GPA computation, Class standing, or Honor Society membership.  OR

Possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of specialized experience and graduate education described above, which together equal 100% of the requirements.


GS-09:  One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include analyzing proposed actions to assess the potential impacts to wildlife populations and habitats, and proposing mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate impacts; planning and coordinating logistics for field inventories; writing briefing papers, environmental assessments, and technical reports; explaining biological concepts to the public and to colleagues in other fields of expertise.  Also experience using office automation software (word processing and spreadsheets), database software, and GIS software to analyze data and prepare reports.  OR

Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have a master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major study in wildlife biology.  OR

Have a combination of education and grauate experience as described above, which together equal 100% of the requirements. Note, only graduate level education in excess of one year may be combined with experience.


GS-11:  One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes advising management on biological decisions and coordinating with other agencies to address a variety of complex wildlife issues; designing and conducting wildlife population and habitat inventories, often in conjunction with multiple agencies and cooperators; compiling and utilizing diverse data from various sources to assess and monitor population and habitat conditions; participating in the application of NEPA to land management decisions.  Additional experience includes preparing and delivering briefings, technical reports, and presentations for supervisors, managers, peers, and the public; participating in subsistence use regulation and management pursuant to ANILCA; and experience advising management on wildlife and subsistence issues within the context of multiple use land management pursuant to FLPMA, ANCSA, and the Alaska Statehood Act.  OR

Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with a major study in wildlife biology.  OR

Have completed a combination of graduate education as described and experience as described in “A” and “B” above.  To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.  Note, only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with experience. 


The full performance level of this position is GS-11.  If selection is being made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance and time-in-grade; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.


You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


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.

·         Ability to interpret and apply regulations and policies related to wildlife management in a multiple use land and natural resource management context.

·         Knowledge of biological concepts specific to terrestrial and avian wildlife and ecosystems and ability to translate them into applied contexts.

·         Skill in effective communication to build and maintain relationships with local governments, State and Federal agencies, Native organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

·         Knowledge of and ability to design, coordinate, and execute research, field inventories, and monitoring studies on wildlife resources, often involving complex logistics in remote field locations.

·         Knowledge and use of word processing, spread sheet, database, GIS, and data analysis software.



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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 85 on the rating criteria for this position.   

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.  The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and /or Recruitment Incentives.


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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:  835815

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

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Melinda Ashner at (907)271-3164 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Wildlife Biologist and/or the vacancy announcement number BLMAK-13-835815-MA.


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 (required).
  • 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.
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (severely disabled, eligible veterans etc.), if applicable. 

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. 

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.


Melinda Ashner
Phone: (907)271-3164
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Mgmt Alaska
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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