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Job Title:  Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-13
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R7-14-1027207-ES

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$90,264.00 to $117,343.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

This position serves as the Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist in the Division of Marine Mammals Management located in Anchorage, Alaska.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.

More than one Branch Chief may be selected from this announcement.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

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

For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

This is also being announced under R7-14-1027584-ES.


  • 25% or Greater
  • This position requires State, national, and international travel.


  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy which may include a Home Sale Services Contract if the home is eligible.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.


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As Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, you will:

  • Provide technical and administrative supervision to staff comprised of professional, technical and clerical positions; plan work to be accomplished; set priorities; direct and review work; provide advice and consultation; assess performance and training needs.
  • Serve as regional technical expert on emerging and current polar bear and/or other marine mammals issues, policies, regulations and management. Coordinate the shared management of polar bear and/or other marine mammals activities with state and international officials. Lead and supervise development and implementation of the Polar Bear and/or other marine mammals Recovery Plan.
  • Provide direction and oversight to assure regional program meets international, national, and regional marine mammal goals and objectives. Develop annual and long range plans, determine program priorities and funding needs, develop procedures and action plans to assure compliance with policy directives.
  • Represent the region at meetings with international entities, State agencies, and Alaska Native organizations, develop conservation plans, co-management strategies, biological studies; as well as serve as an advisor on regulations and issues.
  • Develop briefing materials, regulations and legislative proposals for managing and monitoring harvest of polar bears and/or other marine mammals.
  • Develop Service positions for conservation and management of marine mammals consistent with the mandates of Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, and their implementing regulations.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Deborah Pierce Williams at (907) 786-3349.


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Basic Requirements for the GS-0401:

Have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines.  NOTE: You must include copies of your unofficial or official transcripts.  If your transcripts do not obviously show the required credits, please provide a listing of the courses and a short synopsis of that course.




Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  NOTE: You must include copies of your unofficial or official transcripts.  If your transcripts do not obviously show the required credits, please provide a listing of the courses and a short synopsis of that course.


Qualifications for the GS-13:

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show the periods you worked.) 


To qualify for the GS-13, you must: have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: perform a supervisory role for an interdisciplinary scientific team formulating and implementing policies, standards and procedures regarding a variety of biological and/or natural resource issues; responsible for managing a budget, provide suggestions and comments for developing short and long-range biological plans; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; co-lead and participate in interagency and inter-organization efforts to identify science needs and develop action plans; negotiate biological management decisions to sustain wildlife populations; serve as a technical expert on biological natural resource issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources; review and facilitate wildlife and subsistence management actions to include working with the State, Tribes, and other partners; devise strategies to overcome resource problems and/or protect and enhance habitat for any of the following: various mammals, migratory birds, non-migratory birds, or threatened and endangered species.  Assist in making decisions affecting policy and administration of frequently changing issues. Involvement in regional and national work teams such as a regional workforce planning team.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.


All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance. 


Direct Deposit is required.



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. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.

  • Skill to lead and supervise others to achieve fish and wildlife conservation and management goals.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of fish and wildlife biology, ecology, and natural resource management to lead a fish and wildlife conservation program.
  • Ability to adminster a large and varied conservation effort through priority-setting and policy development.
  • Skill to communicate orally on fish and wildlife management policies.
  • Knowledge of methods to effectively communicate in writing.
  • Ability to analyze complex resource issues and develop Service positions for conservation and management.


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


  • Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy  which may include a Home Sale Services Contract if the home is eligible.  
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition
  • 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.
  • FWS may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality applicants.



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To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 1027207

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Emily Schrooten at (907)271-3043 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-13 and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-14-1027207-ES.


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

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
  • 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, if applicable.
  • 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.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, 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, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Emily Schrooten
Phone: (907)271-3043
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
AK Combined Service Center
222 West 7th Ave #13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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