You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A. Have successfully completed 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. Have an appropriate combination of education and experience which includes completion of courses equivalent to a major field of study (24 semester hours) as described 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 REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE 11
A. You must have one year of full-time equivalent specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the next lower level in the Federal service (GS-9). Specialized experience is defined as performing at least two of the following: 1) Conducting biological or ecological investigations on land or water development proposals; 2) Developing or implementing habitat conservation or restoration projects; and/or 3) Preparing biological assessments, biological opinions, or environmental impact statements. OR
B. Have successfully completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education (i.e. 54 semester/81 quarter hours or school equivalent) or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology. The quality of the education must demonstrate you possess the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled. OR--
C. Have an equivalent combination of appropriate level work experience and graduate education (as described in A and B above) that when combined equals at least 100% of the minimum Additional Qualification Requirements. Note: Only graduate education in excess of 36 semester/54 quarter hours or school equivalent is creditable toward this grade level when combining. The quality of the combination of education and experience must demonstrate that you possess the particular knowledges, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE 12
You must have one year of full-time equivalent specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the next lower level in the Federal service (GS-11). Specialized experience is defined as including all of the following:
1) Conducting investigations to determine the impact of a proposed resource use or development action on the estuarine fish and wildlife resources of an area; 2) Preparing scientific reports of the results and recommendations pertaining to investigations of the impact of development proposals on estuarine fish and wildlife habitat; AND 3) Developing recommendations for protection of fish and wildlife resources from effects of development proposals (e.g., alternative actions, mitigation measures).
Note: All applicants (including current and former employees) 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.
Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; if selected, official transcripts are required.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The experience you describe in your resume must be sufficiently detailed to support your responses to the tasks in the Questionnaire or your score may be lowered, you may be rated not eligible, or found not qualified.
The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job:
- Knowledge of land-use principles and biological investigations;
- Knowledge of Federal and state environmental laws and regulatory processes;
- Skill in conducting scientific studies and analyzing/evaluating technical scientific information;
- Ability to collaborate/negotiate;
- Ability to communicate in orally; and
- Ability to communicate in writing
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.
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.
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.