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Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Administrator (DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-13-825557-MG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$103,500.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 08, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0480-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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This position is located at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Pacific Southwest Region (Region 8), Sacramento, California. 

 

The incumbent will serve as the Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office to direct policy and staff functions.  This Ecological Services Field Office has approximately 150 employees and is one of the largest and most complex field stations in the Service.  Natural resource management issues in central California are complex and challenging. They frequently extend beyond the State and regional boundaries because of their precedent-setting nature and often affect agricultural, economic, and political interests at the national level. The incumbent will supervise and direct Ecological Services activities for California's Great Central Valley and its watershed, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and Bay Area uplands and exercise line and management authority over multiple biological programs for endangered species, habitat conservation, water resources, and environmental contaminants programs.

For more information about the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, visit: http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/

Locality annual pay rate ranges:

GS-14 $103,500 to $134,547

GS-15 $121,745 to $155,500

 

Concurrent Recruitment/Dual Consideration:  This position is also being advertised concurrently under merit promotion (MPP) procedures open to current and former federal employees.  See announcement #R8-13-839053-MG.  If you want to be considered on that recruitment, you must apply directly to that vacancy number and submit a complete application package according to those instructions.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • One-year Initial and Supervisory Probationary Period
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report
  • Valid State driver's license

DUTIES:

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Major duties include (at the full performance level), but are not limited to:

 

-      Direct policy and staff functions for Ecological Services program activities that involves developing short and long-range plans, objectives, and priorities, monitoring progress, evaluating effectiveness, and recommending program changes and modifications to specific goals and objectives. 

-   Guide regional conservation planning and provide leadership and management expertise to effectively integrate complex management systems and functions.

-   Oversee the Habitat Conservation Program (HCP) for central California, which provides for the protection of species under the Endangered Species Act, while accommodating development to meet intensive urban demands.

-   Perform a lead role in implementing and administering landscape-level conservation planning activities with the State of California, known as the Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP Program).

-   Advise on the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Conservation Act, and policies of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other statutes and responsibilities associated with the Service's Ecological Service program.

-   Serve as a lead decision maker or Regional Office-designated representative on a variety of water, endangered species, renewable energy, and forest resource-related issues in California.

-   Meet with members of Congress, concerned citizens and industry, and public interest groups to share information, gain support, and resolve conflict concerning Service activities.

-   Exercise a full range of managerial duties by providing guidance to supervisors to
plan work, budgets, and priorities.

 

If selected at a lower grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

Physical Demands: the work is mostly sedentary, but includes project investigations and field work that entail walking considerable distances, often in rough terrain.  Sampling and biological investigation usually involve some moderately strenuous exercise. 

 

Work Environment: The work is usually performed indoors in office and meeting room settings. Occasional outdoor work is performed to visit work sites and project areas.  Travel is required via car, plane, and occasionally boat.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy and applicable regulatory requirements by the closing date Monday, February 25, 2013. 

 

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – Education/Experience (minimum) - applicants must meet either A, B or C below:

 

A. Successful completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or equivalent degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology. (OR)

B. An appropriate combination of education and experience.  Education must include successful completion of course work equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester/45 quarter hours (or school equivalent) in courses, as shown in A above, from an accredited college or university, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of the combination of education and experience must equal 100% of the requirement when combined.  (OR)

C. Four years of full-time equivalent experience that demonstrated knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.

When meeting basic qualifications (minimum) with education, applicants (including current and former federal employees whether or not they have held the same series/grade) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to meet qualifications must submit their school TRANSCRIPTS with their application that include: name of the school, program major, credit hours and grades earned, and, grade point average or class ranking. Unofficial transcripts or copies are acceptable with application packages; however, if selected, complete official, original transcripts from the college or university are required to be on file before starting work. Note: If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, written course description(s) FROM THE SCHOOL, e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course descriptions verified by the school (your own descriptions are not acceptable documentation) must be submitted with your application by the closing date of the announcement for those classes to be credited.

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Specialized Experience (minimum) - in addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements applicants must satisfy at least one of the following: 

 

To qualify at grade 14: One year of full-time equivalent specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-13).  To meet this requirement, the applicant must have experience in at least six of the following functions performed as primary duties: 1) formulated and implemented policies, standards and procedures for natural resource conservation programs; 2) directed policy and staffing functions requiring the integration of multiple aspects of science and conservation to natural resource programs; 3) provided counsel on policy and procedural matters for fish and wildlife management projects and activities; 4) provided scientific leadership in specialized studies of significant fish, wildlife and plants habitat conservation problems; 5) developed short and long-range plans for natural resource management activities that involved the execution of substantial budget and funding programs; 6) represented an organization on national or international committees, at conferences, meetings, and public forums during which controversial natural resource management issues were discussed; and 7) a range of supervisory or lead duties and responsibilities over professional and technical staff.

 

To qualify at grade 15:  One year of full-time equivalent specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-14).  To meet this requirement, the applicant must have experience in all of the following functions performed as primary duties: 1) formulated and implemented policies, standards and procedures for natural resource conservation programs; 2) directed policy and staffing functions requiring the integration of multiple aspects of science and conservation to natural resource programs; 3) provided expert-level counsel on policy and procedural matters for fish and wildlife management projects and activities; 4) provided scientific leadership in specialized studies of significant fish, wildlife and plants habitat conservation problems; 5) developed short and long-range plans for natural resource management activities that involved the execution of substantial budget and funding programs; 6) represented a large organization on national or international committees, at conferences, meetings, and public forums during which controversial natural resource management issues were discussed; and 7) accomplished a full range of supervisory or lead duties and responsibilities over professional and technical staff.

 

YOUR RESUME MUST REFLECT THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIRED for this position/grade(s) applied for.  In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.  Please be clear and specific; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience. 


All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Disclosure of Financial Interests (OGE Form 450)

Direct deposit of salary payment.

Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. 

 

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

1.    Knowledge of the principles and practices of administration, supervision, and programs management to apply the regulations, procedures and pertinent guidelines and policies to the operation of a multi-natural resource programs organization.

2.    Ability to apply principles, policies, and procedures to directing and implementing fiscal, personnel, and administrative functions for an organization.

3.    Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations pertinent to Endangered Species Programs management, including the Endangered Species, Act, Sikes Act Improvement Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, National Historic Preservation Act, and other pertinent statutes and responsibilities associated with management of federal Ecological Service programs.

4.    Skill in oral communications.

5.    Skill in written communications.

6.    Knowledge of the Habitat Conservation Plan process, Safe Harbor Agreements, and other tools under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, as well as other voluntary and cooperative conservation programs, such as the Coastal Program, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and Farm Bill programs.

We will then place you in one of three categories:

 

  • Qualified:   Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
  • Well Qualified:   Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • Best Qualified:   Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

 

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your application's status.   Assessment Questions preview:   View Assessment Questions

 

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

 

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.  For more information about Veterans, visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

 


    BENEFITS:

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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

     

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position may be authorized for current Federal employees in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.



    OTHER INFORMATION:



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time); 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME Monday, February 25, 2013.
     

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

     

    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

     

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  The vacancy ID for this job is 825557. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

     

    If you cannot apply online:

     

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

    2. Print this OPM Form 1203-FX  to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

    3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

     

    DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS DIRECTLY TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE.  



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Ensure your application materials DO NOT include your date-of-birth or contain photograph(s).

    For this job announcement, the following documents are required: 

    -Resume or Application. Your work history must contain at a minimum employer names, job titles (include job series and grades, if Federal), employment periods starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and salary rates. Descriptions of your experience relating to this position must contain enough information to substantiate you satisfactorily meet experience requirements. (Note: the USAJOBS template ensures a complete resume.)

    -Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Online Questionnaire

    -Transcripts required when education is needed to meet minimum qualifications requirements (unofficial or copies are acceptable with application packages).

    Also submit, if applicable:

    -Veteran's documentation, if claiming veteran's preference (Member 4 copy of DD214 or equivalent, and SF 15, VA letter, or other support documents as appropriate). 

    -Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), if applicable.  You must provide proof when you apply that you meet the requirements as described in 5 CFR 330.605. (This includes a copy of the official agency notice, copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF 50 showing current position, grade level, and duty location.) ICTAP/CTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred. See http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

     

    If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

     

    If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

     

    If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 825557

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Mary Grandstaff
    Phone: (503)231-6136
    Email: MARY_GRANDSTAFF@FWS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
    911 NE 11th Ave
    Portland, OR
    97232

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After you have successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt.

    After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

    REMINDER:  It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number (825557) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes or you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we are unable to contact you or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    R8-13-825557-MG

    Control Number:

    337466500