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Job Title:  Wildlife Biologist (RECO)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  AZ DEU-2013-0042

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$58,715.00 to $91,487.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to Thursday, November 7, 2013
Work Schedule is Full Time. - This a Term NTE 13 months.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Wildlife Biologist.
The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. This position is located in the BLM Arizona State Office, in Phoenix, AZ. We are located at One North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. The area has many sports and cultural attractions, distinctive restaurants, and diverse attractions. Please visit for more information on Phoenix, AZ. 

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is comprised of the Arizona State Office and four districts, each with its own character and challenges.

  • The Arizona State Office provides technical and administrative support to field units and coordinates the accomplishment of mission critical work throughout the organization.
  • The Phoenix District focuses on high priority programs associated with demands for recreation, energy and transportation, and open space. 
  • The Gila District runs the spectrum from rural to urban issues.
  • The Arizona Strip faces challenges from energy mineral demands, invasive species and habitat conversion.
  • The Colorado River District encompasses one of the largest wilderness programs in Arizona.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team which is responsible for processing renewable energy projects. The primary purpose of the position is to plan, develop, coordinate, and implement wildlife biology studies and management plans, for proposed renewable energy projects, throughout the state. This position’s performance directly supports the field level renewable energy realty casework performance and administration addressed per the Secretarial Order that makes renewable energy production, development, transmission, delivery, and distribution a top priority for the Department of the Interior (DOI).


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In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the basic education requirement:

Degree: Successful 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 science that included at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects such as; mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in wildlife biology; AND at least 12 semester hours in zoology in subjects such 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 related plant sciences. (You must submit copies of your transcripts).


Combination of education equivalent to a major in biological science (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 above, AND appropriate specialized experience. (You must submit copies of your transcripts).

In addition to the basic education requirements above, the following additional education/experience must be met to qualify for the GS-11 level.

GS-11 requirements: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9 level in the Federal service; OR a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level. (You must submit copies of your transcripts).

In addition to the basic education requirements above, the following additional experience must be met to qualify for the GS-12 level.

GS-12 requirements: 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. 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.

Examples of specialized experience are: studied, planned, and proposed wildlife management activities and coordinated/implemented approved resource management plans such as habitat improvement projects; planned and conducted studies/projects, follow-up investigations, and evaluations, and recommended preventative or mitigating actions based on these studies; and/or prepared environmental assessments based on analysis of study findings on the effects of management activities on wildlife resources. 


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Ability to develop, administer, and lead a wildlife habitat management program.
  • Knowledge of wildlife science to develop and manage projects, analyze effects of activities and recommend mitigation responses when needed.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with external and internal partners.
  • Knowledge of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), management of threatened and endangered species and their habitat, and consultation processes with regulatory agencies.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
May require completion of a 1 year trial period;
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. Click on the button "Apply OnLine" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at list your office POC phone number and e:\mail. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.


Harley Green
Phone: 602-417-9274
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
1 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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