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.
A. Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in 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; and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
B. Combination of education from an accredited college or university and experience -- courses equivalent to a major as shown in "A" above (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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirements the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. 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.
GS-09: One year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; or master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university by the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate the knowledge skills and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in wildlife biology and performed common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; conducted surveys and drafter tentative professional opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and remedies; and/or assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support wildlife project recommendations.
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master’s degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Prepare project work plans and coordinates project work with other unit personnel taking into consideration wildlife habitat requirements in relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range activities. Provide functional assistance to other unit personnel to determine current progress in meeting planned programs and objectives, effectiveness of training, and opportunities for cooperative work.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-09 and GS-11 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements within 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing of this announcement.
REQUIREMENTS: May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
Knowledge of wildlife biology to manage and evaluate wildlife resources studies, investigations, or projects.
Ability to analyze wildlife management issues and problems.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Ability to provide advice and assistance and perform program management and oversight functions related to the wildlife resource.
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