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Job Title:  Biologist (Federal Activities)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R8-13-964701-DG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,655.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 23, 2013 to Monday, October 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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You will serve as a senior biologist and technical advisor for Federal activities in the Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office (FWO) located in Sacramento, California.

The Bay-Delta FWO has the lead for the Fish and Wildlife Service on all fish and wildlife resource issues within the San Francisco Bay Delta area, including regulatory decisions that affect the water supply for nearly 25 million people and over 7 million acres of agricultural land. You will assist in the technical review of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), and related Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements, including reviewing and commenting on effects analysis, environmental impact reports/statements for critical and controversial Bay-Delta issues.

Note:  This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to current and former federal employees. See vacancy R8-13-957209-DG if you want to be considered under merit promotion procedures.

For more information about the Bay Delta Fish and Wildlife Office, visit:



  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Initial Probationary Period
  • Valid state driver's license


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Planning, conducting and reviewing on-site ecological investigations on complex Federal land and water resource development projects to determine their effect on listed estuarine species and species-at-risk.

Negotiating mitigation of complex project impacts with project proponents and regulatory agencies.

Participating in comprehensive planning efforts to restore and improve estuarine aquatic and terrestrial habitats and natural processes in the San Francisco Estuary to support diverse plant and animal species.

Planning, coordinating and conducting programs for the recovery of listed estuarine species on public and private lands.

Conducting restoration of natural estuarine habitats for California’s native fish and wildlife through implementation of legislation and policies affecting management of land and water resources, including the BDCP.

Assisting in the development of Habitat Conservation Plans with multi-species, multi-jurisdictional, and regional aspects.

Writing scientific reports and delivering presentations on results of investigations and analysis of project alternatives.

If selected at the GS-11 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties but under closer supervision, and training will be provided to prepare you for progression toward the full performance level of GS-12.


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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. 


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.


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 knowledge’s, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled.


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

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

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.


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.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit



Work Environment and Physical Demands: The position includes both office and outdoor work. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in outdoor work. Some physical exertion, such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces, as well as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, requiring average agility and dexterity, is required.


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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.

Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, October 07, 2013.

*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,, 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 you application will be incomplete.


Make sure 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.  Copies are acceptable but, if selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
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 

Career Transition Assistance Plan/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP/ICTAP):  If you are a well-qualified (i.e., your knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements) surplus or displaced Federal employee, with a duty station in the local commuting area of the vacancy, you must provide proof when you apply that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) to receive special selection priority. This includes a copy of the official agency notice, copy of your most recent performance rating, and copy of SF 50(s) showing you held career/career conditional competitive status in your position of record, the promotion potential of that position and duty location. Note: You may need to submit more than one SF 50.  See

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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

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 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 964701. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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.

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.

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

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference R8-13-964701-DG.


Diane S. Golden
Phone: (503)231-6136
TDD: 503-231-6166
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR


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 (R8-13-964701-DG) 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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