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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biologist (Endangered Species)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-13-883267-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $62,948.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 Months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Dededo, GU United StatesView Map
Saipan, Mariana Island, MP United StatesView Map
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Honolulu, HI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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This positions is temporary in nature (not-to-exceed six months) and will work out of the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office. This position will provide programmatic support to biologists working on several concurrent, large-scale Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations in the Northern Mariana Islands.

If selected, there are three possible duty locations that this position will be located, which are Honolulu, Hawaii, Guam, or Saipan. Location will be negotiated and agreed upon after selection. Please see below for pay information specific to each locality.

Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Salary Range: $48,425 - $62,948 per annum.
  • Entitled to a 12.25% Cost of Living Adjustment, in addition to basic pay.

Guam/Saipan

  • Salary Range: $47,448 - $61,678 per annum.
  • Entitled to a 13.84% Cost of Living Adjustment. In addition, these locations are subject to a non-foreign post differential of 11.16%.

Please note that employees new to the federal government will have their pay set at the GS-9 step 1 ($48,435 or $47,448, depending on location). Highest previous rate may apply for previous or current federal employees. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application

DUTIES:

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  1. Conduct ecological investigations to predict and identify the effects of land and water use and land management activities on the environment.
  2. Conduct Section 7 consultations pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
  3. Assist in the development Habitat Conservation Plans pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
  4. Assist with the implementation of management plans, studies, and investigations required for species conservation, reintroduction, propagation, habitat restoration, resource protection, and other aspects of natural resource management actions.
  5. Conduct investigations on the taxonomy, status, life requirements, threats, recovery, and conservation needs for various flora and fauna including listed threatened or endangered species, candidate species for listing, and other species of special concern in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

Note: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.

If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for this position your application package must demonstrate that you meet both the Basic Qualification Requirement and the Additional Qualification Requirement, as outlined below.

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
To meet this requirement your application package must demonstrate either “A” or “B”, as outlined below.

A. Completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to fish and wildlife biology; or

B. Completion of an appropriate combination of education and experience which includes completion of courses equivalent to a major field of study (24 semester hours) as in “A” above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
To meet this requirement your application package must demonstrate either “A”, “B”, or “C”, as outlined below.

A. Completion of one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Conducting ecological investigations on land or water development proposals or 2) Conducting habitat conservation or restoration projects; or

B. Completion of at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Master's degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work; or

C. Completion of a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours or equivalent) may be creditable when combining.


EDUCATION

Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. If selected, official transcripts are required.

Accredited Education: 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)

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 theories, principles, and methods of fish, wildlife, and conservation biology to apply solutions to problems affecting natural resources.
2. Ability to assess the effects of land and water development proposals on the natural resources of an area.
3. Ability to convey scientific issues orally.
4. Ability to communicate scientific issues through writing.

To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.

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 score.

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.


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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Extension of appointments beyond the initial six month period will not be authorized.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

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

Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, May 06, 2013.

To Apply Online:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on close date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

If you completed the Occupational Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use this cover page and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 883267.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

To complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 478-757-3144.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration or 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.



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:

1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.  USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

3. Transcripts. For application purposes, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected for the position you must provide official transcripts upon request.

4. If claiming veteran's preference, proof of eligibility (Member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate); See http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ 

5. Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable. See http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference R1-13-883267-JC.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

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

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail 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 full name and vacancy number (883267) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're 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:

R1-13-883267-JC

Control Number:

342533700