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Job Title:Fish & Wildlife Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R4-13-846236-CI-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$59,987.00 to $93,470.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 24, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

This is a permanent, full-time position with the Division of Federal Assistance in Atlanta, GA.  Up to a total of three (3) positions may be filled under this announcement and announcement R4-13-846236-CI-DEU.

 

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and is open to status candidates. To be considered under merit promotion procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R4-13-846173-CI-MP.

 

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation). 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation Required

DUTIES:

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  • responsible for the technical overview of grants awarded under one or more of the following Acts: the Sport Fish Restoration Act; wildlife Restoration Act; Endangered Species Act; Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act; Partnership for wildlife Act; and Clean Vessel Act.

  • conduct technical reviews and processing of grant documents to insure that these projects are substantial in character and design and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

  • provide grantees technical assistance in planning and design of projects, document preparation, and development of sound fishery and wildlife programs and the interpretation and application of grant laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • make recommendations on final approval/disapproval for certification of grant documents and reports,

    prerequisite to reimbursement of funds to Grantees.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.  This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

Basic Requirements for this position:

Basic Entry Requirements for the GS-0401 series. You must meet A or B below to qualify for the position.

A. A full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.

OR

B. An appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. 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 as described above. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.

Specialized Experience Requirements:  In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below.

GS-0401-11:

A. At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-09) in the Federal service. Such experience may have included processing grants and/or preparing grant application packages; experience working with applicable Federal Assistance laws, regulations and policies; experience working with Federal environmental compliance issues; experience performing or assisting others with field investigations on fish or wildlife resources; and experience conveying information to a wide-variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.

OR

B. Completed at least three full years of graduate education or a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to one of the following disciplines: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, and chemistry.

OR

C. An equivalent amount of such experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. (Note: Only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours may be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).

GS-0401-12:

A. At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-11) in the Federal service. Such experience may have included processing grants and/or preparing grant application packages; experience working with applicable Federal Assistance laws, regulations and policies; experience applying the National Environmental Policy Act, the Historic Preservation Act (Section 106), and the Endangered Species Act to diverse types of Federal Assistance projects; experience preparing Environmental Assessments, Findings of No Significant Impacts and familiarity with the Section 106 process; experience planning, conducting and directing studies and field investigations on fish or wildlife resources; and negotiating complex, sensitive and/or difficult issues to a wide-variety of audiences.

 

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. 

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire


The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

 

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 

 

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as moderate risk.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a limited background investigation prior to appointment.

 

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 

 

1. Knowledge of the Federal Assistance program and applicable laws, regulations, policies.

2. Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of fisheries or wildlife biology.

3. Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully, both orally and in writing.

4. Knowledge of Federal environmental compliance laws applicable to the Federal Assistance program.  

 

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.  If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

 

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

 

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).



HOW TO APPLY:

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

 

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on   Monday, July 08, 2013

 

There are two methods to apply on-line:

 

Method 1:  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. 

 

Method 1 is recommended for those who may be interested in applying for multiple vacancy announcements and those who need assistance in preparing a resume.

 

Method 2: This method will allow you to bypass the USAJOBS user log in and resume builder feature to go directly to the online occupational questionnaire and then upload your resume from your personal word processing file. Click this link to complete the occupational questionnaire for this position.    https://applicationmanager.gov/

 

Method 2 is recommended for those who already have a resume available in a personal word processing file.

 

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page

http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 846236

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


2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf , 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.

 

DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.     Resume

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

4.     Veteran's documentation (if applicable)

 

Submitting Documents

 

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

 

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager, or you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf   to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

 

·   Include the Vacancy Identification Number                  846236

·   Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·   You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

·   Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144

 

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

 

·   Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

·   Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·   Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

 

NOTE: Uploading your documents is the most efficient way to apply and will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cheryl L. Irvin
Phone: (505)248-6613
Email: CHERYL_IRVIN@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
500 Gold Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM
87102

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

R4-13-846236-CI-DEU

Control Number:

346225100