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Job Title:  Social Services Assistant
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  PH-NM-13-840865

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $31,315.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Wells, ME United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Social Services Assistant, GS-0186-05 

Working for the U.S. Fish & 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, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world.  The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied.  Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?  Click here to watch short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss and Diversity is our Strength

Please note:  This announcement is for a temporary position not to exceed 1 year.  The position may be extended up to a total of two years without further advertisement.  The primary length of service for this position is anticipated to be between late June and late August.


One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • Work may include weekends and holidays.
  • Selectee must wear the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
  • Moving expenses are not authorized. Government housing is available.


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As a Youth Conservation Corps leader in Wells, ME, you will be responsible for leading a group of youth enrollees in a variety of land resource improvement projects, stream and water improvements, and fish and wildlife habitat improvements.  Duties include:

  • Planning and implementing a well-balanced and integrated conservation education program designed to enhance the enrollees understanding of the natural environment and its relationship to them;
  • Providing guidance and direction on all phases of the work projects to ensure proper performance of tasks and provide a learning experience to enrollees;
  • Assigning duties to enrollees to provide even coverage and distribution of experience;
  • Ensuring all safety rules and procedures are followed by enrollees; and
  • Reporting enrollee time, work progress, and overall performance to supervisor


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In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study or at least 24 semester hours of study in biology, chemistry, botany, environmental science, natural resource management, education, social or human behavior, health care or a similar course of study that would have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.  - OR -

B. At least one year specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level or higher leading community or residential recreation or training programs; assigning work to volunteers; assisting in the development of natural resource educational projects or programs; and providing guidance or advice to program participants on mission, duties, or responsibilities.  - OR -

C. A combination of experience as described under letter B above and education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 30 (or your school's definition of one year of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

All new employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.

A background security investigation MAY be required for all new hires.  Appointment 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.

Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.


    To determine if you are among the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied b y placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category.  Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Please follow the instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your category assignment.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Skill in organizing and overseeing teenagers
    Knowledge of environmental conservation principles and practices
    Oral Communication



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  


1.  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

2.  Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).


3.  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 

4.  If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA.   (

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website:



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

   - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 01, 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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 840865.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

  • Resume
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education 
  • Qualifications Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable



Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement 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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