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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Pathways-Recent Graduate)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-UC-2014-01 (EX-gb)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to Thursday, March 06, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent - Recent Graduates

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Provo, UT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program as described below. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. 

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/.

Reclamation is seeking a recent graduate looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her education as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy performing work as an advisor on a variety of biological and environmental issues? Responsibilities include planning, construction, and operation and maintenance activities under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

The Recent Graduate Program lasts for 1 year. Participants who successfully complete the Recent Graduate Program MAY be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1 - 4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

You can progress from $31K to $57K in 4 years! Year 1 - $31,628 (GS-5), Year 2 - $39,179 (GS-7), Year 3 - $47,923 (GS-9), and Year 4 - $57,982 (GS-11). Promotion to the next grade/salary level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

LOCATION: UPPER COLORADO REGION, PROVO AREA OFFICE, WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DIVISION, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, DUTY STATIONED IN PROVO UTAH.

For living conditions in Provo, UT go to: http://www.provo.org/.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Predominatly office work, position does require periodic travel including full days (minimal overtime) completing field work in remote locations over a wide range of terrain and weather conditions. Travel normally consists of 1-3 days for field work per month. Additional travel for training may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Must submit unofficial transcripts in order to be considered
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents
  • Subject to 1 year trial period
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full potential GS-11 level. Incumbent will be expected to gain experience in the following:

- Gather appropriate data, assess habitat values, and prepare habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans for salinity projects.

- Perform wetland delineations as needed for Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.

- Prepare environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in NEPA compliance, CWA compliance, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) compliance, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for projects within the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

- Collect biological data utilizing the latest aquatic instream flow methodologies and habitat-based models for application to impact analyses on project-affected terrestrial and aquatic resources. Analyze aquatic and terrestrial habitat data as it relates to existing and proposed projects. Collect and analyze animal-number and user-day information in assessing project costs/benefits. Analyze and incorporates data in biological reports and environmental assessments.

- Maintain up-to-date records of fish and wildlife mitigation enhancement accomplishments at Reclamation projects under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements
1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
OR
2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements described above are qualified for the GS-5. Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels must also meet the requirements shown below. All education must be directly related to the job.

-- To qualify for the GS-7 level, you must possess 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement degree -OR- at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-5 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.
**The superior academic achievement provision applies to undergraduate record only. It is based on 1) class standing, 2) grade point average, or 3) honor society membership. Applicant must supply documentation (i.e. transcripts, certificates) to verify. 1. Class Standing: Applicant must be in the upper third of their graduating class in the college or university. 2. Grade point average: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies.
-- To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must possess 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree -OR- at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-7 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.
-- To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related -OR- at least one year of specialized experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
For the GS-7, examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience assisting in gathering data, assessing habitat values, and preparing habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans; or assisting in wetland delineations for Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; or assisting in preparing environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in NEPA, CWA, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), or Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance. 
For the GS-9, you must possess at least one of the following three examples of qualifying specialized experience: experience gathering data, assessing habitat values, and preparing habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans; or performing wetland delineations for Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; or preparing environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in NEPA, CWA, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), or Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance. 
For the GS-11, you must possess at least two of the following three examples of qualifying specialized experience: experience gathering data, assessing habitat values, and preparing habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans; or performing wetland delineations for Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; or preparing environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in NEPA, CWA, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA), or Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance. 

If you do not meet the qualification requirements listed above, you will be determined not qualified for this position.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable).  Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements (and any applicable selective factors) by the closing date of this announcement.

To be eligible for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, an individual must, within the previous 2 years, have completed a qualifying bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which they completed their degrees (or certification).

Individuals who graduated between 12/27/2010 and 7/10/2012 will be eligible to apply under the Recent Graduates Program through 7/10/2014.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Professional knowledge of a wide range of the theories, concepts, principles and practices of fish and wildlife biology.
2. Knowledge of CWA and NEPA compliance requirements. 
3. Working knowledge of current environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines, and the technical and administrative requirements of the FWCA, ESA, CWA, and NEPA. 
4. Sound knowledge of collection techniques using the latest aquatic instream flow methodologies and habitat-based models, and knowledge of analysis techniques, in order to collect and analyze aquatic and terrestrial habitat data.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration. 
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the benefits URL above.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to asotelo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.  Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months),an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:



--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

--DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit: www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angelica Sotelo
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 888-735-5906
Email: asotelo@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
84138-1147
US
Fax: 801-524-3187

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-UC-2014-01 (EX-gb)

Control Number:

362211300