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Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Administrator

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-14-1045018-SG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$122,963.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA View Map


Current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees eligible for reinstatement, persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, and VEOA eligibles (honorably separated veterans who are either eligible for preference, or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service). CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area may also apply.


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You too can make a difference in our world. The work of U.S. 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 the short podcasts Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is Our Strength

As the Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Science Applications, you will provide expert advice and assistance to the Regional Director by managing complex issues regarding climate change science and promoting the integration of climate change into Strategic Habitat Conservation.  You will provide senior level advice and leadership in developing and implementing national science policies, playing a critical role in cross-program, cross-ecosystem, cross-Regional, and cross-agency integration and coordination of scientific activities, and serve as the Regional Director's liaison across and between program areas and agencies.

NOTE: This position is also being announced under open competitive procedures, open to all U.S. citizens. See vacancy R8-14-1051452-SG if you want to be considered under open competitive procedures.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required to conduct business at field stations and other offices.


  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will be authorized for current Federal employees in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Supervisory Probationary Period
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report required.


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  • Providing effective leadership, direction, and coordination in the development and execution of high-priority Regional science activities, including those involving climate change, adaptive resources management, structured decision analysis, and landscape conservation, particularly Strategic Habitat Conservation;
  • Serving as the Regional Director's liaison on workgroups/committees addressing regional and national climate change policy issues;
  • Coordinating efforts with conservation deliverers, science providers, and internal and external partners to help fish, wildlife and plants adapt to climate change; and educate organizations and individuals concerning climate change and ways of reducing its effects on fish and wildlife resources;
  • Working closely with the Regional Directorate on budget development and allocation; and
  • Providing leadership and supervision for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.  Federal employees must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements for promotion by the closing date.

NOTE: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify 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 coursework 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT - All applicants must meet one of the following:

Have a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Have four years’ experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Applicants must possess one full year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service applying knowledge of natural resource conservation principles and practices to implement a comprehensive natural resource conservation program. Specialized experience is defined as planning and directing comprehensive fish and wildlife ecosystem management and restoration activities that included designing landscape-scale conservation actions; reviewing and evaluating habitat conservation plans in light of climate change issues; leading and participating in interagency and inter-organization efforts to identify science needs and develop action plans; negotiating resource management decisions to sustain fish and wildlife populations; and serving as a technical expert on biological natural resources issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources. 


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)

Must serve one-year initial probationary period, if not already served.
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.


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 natural resource management and ecological principles associated with biological diversity to comprehend the ramifications of climate change and integrate its effects into planning, organizing and implementing a comprehensive natural resource conservation program.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of resource management and landscape conservation cooperatives.
  • Ability to persuade others and build consensus to gain cooperation from others to accomplish the organizational goals relating to science applications and climate change.
  • Ability to supervise and develop others.


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




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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) Thursday, February 27, 2014.

*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.


Ensure 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, if qualifying based on education. Copies are acceptable but, if selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
4. Document(s) verifying your eligibility for this job. You must submit at least one document listed below:

  • SF-50, or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. The SF-50 must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34;
  • Veteran’s documentation (Member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate); See 
  • Returning Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer’s statement of service, including dates;
  • Schedule A (Federal Employment of People with Disabilities) - proof of disability. See
  • Proof of eligibility under an Interchange Agreement, or other appointing authority;
  • Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable. You must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.  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 1045018.

2. 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

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 R8-14-1045018-SG.


Sue Godfrey
Phone: (503)231-6136
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 (R8-14-1045018-SG) 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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