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Job Title:Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:AZ DEU-2013-0029

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013




Work schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent position.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Lake Havasu City, AZ, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.


The BLM manages more land - approximately 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 BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Wildlife Biologist.This position is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. As a Wildlife Biologist in the Lake Havasu Field office the employee must manage and perform professional, research or scientific work that involves conserving, protecting, and administering  habitats that affect wildlife species. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.


For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "how to apply and required documents" sections
  • You can not hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in federal land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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Responsible for preparing, evaluating and conducting biological analyses of land and water resource projects and permit applications to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law.  

Monitors and surveys sensitive species and their habitats.

Serves on the field office interdisciplinary team for reviewing projects that affect wildlife resources.

Responsible for developing annual program of work for assigned area.

Coordinates wildlife management activities with other resources. Communicates with those inside and outside (the agency) to foster relationships with state and federal agencies, such U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and external partners or collaborators.


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

Basic Educational Qualification Requirements (all grades):   You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.  Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Bachelor's Degree: biological science that included 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 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 at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.


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.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying.  Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Minimum Qualifications for the GS-11 grade level:

A. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input in the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of wildlife resources with other resources; analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of wildlife resources issues, e.g., interpreted the effect and impact of changes on wildlife habitat as a result of specific resource activities; and/or provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of functional wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data obtained from studies and field surveys.



B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology or a directly related field.


C. An equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year leading to Master’s degree in wildlife management or wildlife biology which together equals 100% of the requirements.


GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to include intergrating natural resource analysis, information development, and fact-finding in a natural resource program area; coordinating and planning activities coverage a broad multiple resource program; solving problems with novel, undeveloped, or controversial aspects of wildlife biology resource management; handle complicated budget, public administration, litigation, tribal government, tribal contracting and other processes work under pressure and meet short deadlines. (Your resume must support this experience.)




A. One year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience: conduct wildlife surveys; gather and record biological data regarding development impacts on wildlife and their habitat; prepare routine wildlife-related reports and plans.


B. One year of graduate education in wildlife biology or a directly related field.


C. 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.


D. An equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.




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.  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.


For the GS7:


Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Ability to learn major policy guidance including NEPA and FLPMA.

General knowledge of other professional programs to provide resource management coordination and information to other resource specialists.

Working knowledge of theories, principals and concepts related to wildlife biology.

Ability to independently write technical reports and evaluations.


For the GS9/11


Ability to perform wildlife program management and oversight functions.

Ability to acquire and interpret wildlife habitat data.

Ability to communicate orally and writing.

Ability to manage a program area budget.

Knowledge of major policy guidance including NEPA and FLPMA.

Ability to apply knowledge of theories, principals, and concepts related to wildlife biology.


To preview questions please click here.


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May require completion of a 1 year probationary period. No additional opportunity will be given to provide information or documentation. It is your responsibility to see that all required information is submitted prior to the closing date.


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Travel 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.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or  ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP 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 CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

For Category Rating:  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  

Occasional travel may be required.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 602.417.9391 or email: If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
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.
      For 5-point veterans' preference, please 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, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
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.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use
both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources
Phone: 602-417-9391
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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