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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Fish Biologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-0116-018642G-GS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 24, 2014 to Thursday, March 06, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0482-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Plains, MT View Map
Superior, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located in Region 1 on the Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls and Superior Ranger Districts.   Selected applicant will have their choice of duty locations between Superior or Plains.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Randy Hojem, District Ranger at 406-826-4308 or rhojem@fs.fed.us.

This is a Fish Biologist on the West Zone of the Lolo National Forest, which includes the Plains/Thompson Falls and Superior Ranger Districts. The position is responsible for planning, administering, and providing professional expertise in fisheries programs. The successful candidate will provide expertise and assistance in fishery resource management.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level:

  • Carries out actions as identified in Forest fish habitat management plans.
  • Provides aquatic ecosystem and fishery input during the planning phases of road construction projects, timber sales, stream restoration projects, prescribed fire, and livestock grazing allotment management plans. Participates in the formulation and evaluation of alternatives and in the development of final recommendations.
  • Prepares environmental assessments, biological evaluations and environmental impact statements.
  • Provides input in the development of the outyear program of work for the District, particularily related to the aquatic ecosystem and fisheries resources.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.

Bachelor's 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

GS-9:

Experience:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level;

Education:  master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;

or

Combination:  an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in fish biology performing common qualitative and quantitative analyses of fisheries resources; and/or drafting designs or tentative professional opinions to assist in determining fisheries resource needs and remedies; and/or assisting in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the fisheries biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support fish project recommendations.

GS-11:

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

Education:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related;

or

Combination:  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.).

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input in the fish/aquatic management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of fisheries resources with other resources; analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of fisheries resources issues, e.g., interpreted the effect and impact of changes on aquatic habitat as a result of specific resource activities; and/or provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of functional plans for specific areas of responsibility such as fisheries management, aquatic and riparian habitat, stream or lake management, etc., that involved interpretation of data obtained and synthesis into conclusions.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time -in- grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
    • Knowledge of principles, theories and practical applications of fishery biology.
    • Ability to analyze fisheries resource issues and problems.
    • Ability to communicate in writing and orally.
    • Skill in developing a variety of integrated annual work plans.
  • We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
  • Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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=a25fb5ea-a2cd-4ddd-bcdd-a2d700f50d42


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Relocation expenses are authorized.
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Government housing may be available.
  • Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.


HOW TO APPLY:

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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; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not 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. 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. 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. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. 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).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

 

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 5) other qualifications. 
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient however, if selected; an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. 

 

Other required documents as applicable:

 

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: (VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans): DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. 
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). 
  • Certain Military Spouses under E.O. 13473: Verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), plus Permanent Change of Station: PCS orders issued within the last 2 years, that: lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; the specific location; and the effective date of the PCS OR Military disability of 100%: verification of the member's release or discharge due to 100% disability (DD-214 and VA Letter) OR Death while serving on active duty: 1) Verification of release or discharge due to death (DD-214). 2) Verification of the member’s death (DD-1300 and Death Certificate. 3) Statement certifying they are un-remarried widow or widower of the service member.
  • Foreign Service: Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, showing that you were/are serving under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more nontemporary Foreign Service appointments. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteers: Documentation of no less than 24 months (Peace Corps) or 1 year (VISTA) of continuous service and separated within 1 year of completing the qualifying service. 
  • Peace Corps Staff: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the 3 years of completing the qualifying service.
  • Certain Family Members under E.O. 12721: Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documents.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-1274
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: 866-338-1274

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


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Job Announcement Number:

14-0116-018642G-GS

Control Number:

362414100