This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Fish Biologist (Subsistence)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-1110050031-1120DP-MM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,703.00 to $62,703.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 08, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0482-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Sitka, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Tongass National Forest was established in 1902 and covers nearly 17 million acres in Southeast Alaska. It is the nation’s largest National Forest. The Tongass stretches nearly 500 miles from its boundary with the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in the north, to the Canadian boundary in the south. The unique forest landscapes of the Tongass vary dramatically in topographic relief and include a mosaic of forest, peat lands, steep rocky areas, glaciated mountains and other non-forested lands.

Alaska’s magnificent scenery, vast forests, and abundant natural resources match the size of the forest. The Tongass makes up ninety percent of Southeast Alaska and is a land of glaciers, mountains, waterways and thousands of islands separated by straits and channels. The islands and mainland create 11,000 miles of shoreline where regal mountains rise from the tidewater to overlook a mostly undeveloped and isolated landscape.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-1110050031-1120L-MM. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248.

This position is located in the Tongass National Forest / Sitka Ranger District in Sitka, Alaska.

For additional information about this position, contact Perry Edwards at 907-747-4220 / pedwards@fs.fed.us or Carol A. Goularte at 907-747-4218 / cgoularte@fs.fed.us

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. However, it is not a virtual position and the duty station will be in Sitka, Alaska.

Applications may be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.

Salary may be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the OPM website at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp for additional information about the continuation of COLA after December 31, 2012.

The ability to obtain and maintain weapons certification is a condition of employment in this position as the incumbent will be required to carry a firearm. To maintain employment in this position the incumbent must receive a negative pre-certification drug test result, pass a minimum background investigation, pass firearm classroom training, pass the shooting proficiency test and be enrolled in the random drug testing pool while employed in this position.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • College transcripts are required.
  • Background Investigation required.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license.
  • Firearm carrying position.
  • Drug Testing Designated Position

DUTIES:

Back to top

Serves as the Forest Service Zone Subsistence Fishery Biologist, with responsibility for providing professional and technical fisheries and wildlife expertise, advice, and assistance in the planning, administration, and implementation of Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) for more than one District.

Major Duties: Provides technical compilations, evaluations, and analyses of existing fisheries and wildlife project and population monitoring information from unit field station projects, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, other Federal land management agencies, and other standard Alaskan fishery and wildlife sources. Analyzes proposals for changes to harvest methods, limits, or seasons for potential effects to fish and wildlife populations. Provides information for regulatory determinations and decisions by the Federal Subsistence Board. Leads and participates in the preparation and presentation of summaries of analyses of biological and harvest information. Works with other biologists and the Regional Council Coordinators to serve as technical staff to Regional Advisory Council. As appropriate, serves as a team leader for writing interdisciplinary team analyses of proposed changes to subsistence regulations. Assesses short-term and long-range District(s) subsistence fisheries and wildlife population information needs. Identifies deficiencies in the biological database and proposes measures to solve those deficiencies. Designs studies and develops strategies to collect new data required for ensuring the maintenance of healthy fish and wildlife populations. Leads and assists subsistence project crews in collection, compilation, or analysis of subsistence fisheries and wildlife population data. As necessary, recruits, trains, and officially supervises fisheries project technicians. Develops and manages the District(s) subsistence fisheries and wildlife budget to support attainment of subsistence fisheries and wildlife program objectives. Integrates program goals with other resource programs. As necessary, serves as the Contract Officers Representative for subsistence fisheries and wildlife contract work. Coordinates and works with District(s) staff and project biologists to monitor the status of fish and wildlife populations that support subsistence fisheries and wildlife needs. Reviews proposed management actions and makes recommendations that will maintain healthy fish and wildlife populations. Implements in-season actions at the direction of the Federal In-Season Mangers. Establishes and maintains procedures to ensure that subsistence fish and wildlife needs are adequately addressed in the harvest allocation process between subsistence, commercial, and recreational users. Works to ensure compatibility of State and Subsistence Management Program data collection. Monitors changes in State and Federal regulations and recommends changes to insure compatibility and to minimize confusion by subsistence users. Promotes understanding and cooperation between the Forest Service, other Federal agencies, Tribal, and State agencies, and special interest groups with respect to the fisheries and wildlife resource and other resource activities. Represents the District(s) at meetings relating to subsistence fisheries and wildlife management, especially federal subsistence regional advisory councils. Provides technical information for use in analyses of proposals to change federal subsistence regulations. Conducts education and outreach to the general public for the federal subsistence fisheries and wildlife program through information sharing. Serves as primary local contact concerning the subsistence fisheries and wildlife program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required to be attached to your application prior to the closing date of the announcement; applicants who fail to submit their transcripts will not be given credit for their education.

Degree: major in biological science that included:

• At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and

• At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)

OR

Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement listed above, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. 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.

Selective Placement Factor/Screen-Out Question: Selectee must have directly participated in the management of subsistence fish and wildlife in Alaska.

GS-11:

-One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-9 grade level;

OR

-3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

OR

-An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

Specialized Experience is defined as: Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of functional plans for management of subsistence fish and wildlife. Coordinated a subsistence fish or wildlife management project with management agencies or Tribes.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

Concurrent experience in more than one position: For each period of your employment performing a mixture of duties, please indicate the start and end date and approximate percent of time you spent performing each different type of duty.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. educational.


Requirements

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

College transcripts are required.

Background Investigation required.

Must be 18 years of age.

Must have or be able to obtain the appropriate driver's license to operate required equipment/vehicles.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.

DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=22413d87-3c84-47a4-aea0-a26d00eeee9c


BENEFITS:

Back to top
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

Relocation expenses not are authorized.

Government housing may be available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

This position requires completion of a three-year probationary period in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

The incumbent will have their salary sent to a financial institution of their choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. 
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 1-877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 1-866-339-1808
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 1-866-339-1808

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

14-1110050031-1120DP-MM

Control Number:

355031200