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Job Title:Biologist/Ecologist, GS-0401/0408-09/11 (Open to US Citizens) JAC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Job Announcement Number:RITA.VOLPE-2013-0108

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,871.00 to $81,583.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 14, 2013 to Monday, July 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0408-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Cambridge, MA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

Job Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: RITA.VOLPE-2013-0109.

JOB SUMMARY:

An innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT's) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation innovation with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise across all modes of transportation.

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of crosscutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system.

We are seeking to fill multiple permanent fulltime Biologists or Ecologists. As a Biologist/Ecologist in the Environmental Science and Engineering Division, you will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who are engaged in a broad range of environmental compliance studies.  The work is primarily focused on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance regulations and Executive Orders (e.g., Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, 404 Wetland Permitting, etc.) and requires using environmental analysis to identify and mitigate the potential impacts of transportation projects.    The Biologist/Ecologist must exercise discretion and judgment in modifying standard methods, practices, and techniques to address evolving environmental issues or problems.  You will have responsibility for planning, designing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects, studies, associated with environmental regulatory and compliance evaluations; risk assessments; assessments of past environmental practices; remediation planning associated with hazardous materials and waste projects; and pollution prevention evaluation and planning.  

Because this is an interdisciplinary position, a person with the education and experience in either biology or ecology maybe considered equally well qualified for the job.

If you have superb analytical skills, and enjoy working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment, then this job is for you!   

When you work at the Volpe Center, you work with people like you –talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others and resolving real-world transportation problems.  We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square), and offer competitive benefits and a flexible and family-friendly work environment including on-site child-care services.

Please carefully read and follow the instructions described in the “How to Apply” tab in this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience or education.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Emailed applications will not be accepted, you must apply on line
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized.
  • Job Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: RITA.VOLPE-2013-0109 .
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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  • Responsible for planning, designing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects, and studies pertaining to endangered species, wildlife and other biological/ecological issues and uses judgment in modifying standard methods, practices and techniques to address evolving environmental issues such as environmental compliance, hazardous materials, risk assessments, pollution prevention, water quality, etc.
  • Uses environmental analysis to identify and mitigate the potential impact of transportation projects that focus on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance regulations and Executive Orders (Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammals Protection Act, 404 Wetland Permits, etc.)
  • Conducts and coordinates plans, studies, investigations, reports, biological/ecological assessments, environmental assessments and environmental impact statements involving wildlife, endangered species, wetland field permits and other ecological considerations.
  • Performs project management duties for assigned projects, including: developing project plans; plans project/task resources including labor, materials, and contractor support; completes progress reports, manages project closeouts; and prepares final project documentation.    
  • Makes presentations at formal public meetings and hearings, responds to public comments, makes information presentations at project status meetings and prepares technical documents including NEPA documents.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

experience
LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 9 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree
  • Experience planning, designing, scheduling and carrying out programs, projects and biological/ecological evaluations focused on environmental compliance studies and environmental compliance regulations of transportation projects. AND,
  • Experience assisting in preparing reports on environmental issues and regulations for presentation in formal and public meetings.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 11 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
  • Experience planning, designing, scheduling, and carrying out programs, projects and biological/ecological evaluations ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental regulations (e.g. Endangered Species Act, etc.) to identify and mitigate potential impacts of transportation projects. AND,
  • Experience working with clients/customers to prepare reports on environmental issues and regulations for presentation in formal and public meetings and hearings and responding to comments.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of Education and Experience
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 


MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants may qualify under either of the educational requirements for the following series.

 

Biology Series 0401

Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 

Ecology Series 0408

Degree: Bachelor's degree or higher in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research, at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences, of which at least 9 semester hours were in ecology, and 12 semester hours were in physical and mathematical sciences, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Position is subject to background investigation.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • TRAVEL: Some travel is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS FOR RATING: If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.

This position is telework eligible.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at Transjobs@fhwa.dot.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education that fully supports the specialized experience must be provided using the resume builder from USAJobs. In addition, for this RITA position, you are asked to provide a pre-formatted version of your resume during the application process
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series or SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the grade level,  if  you are qualifying based on education.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#AppointmentsLeading Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/qaspouse/index.aspx military spouse NC appointments or http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, RESEARCH AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY ADMIN
Submit Resume and Application Online
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE E55
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned rating category, prior to applying appropriate veterans' preference. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

RITA.VOLPE-2013-0108

Control Number:

345557600