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Job Title:  Chief, Division of Natural Resources, GS-0480/0486-14
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R7-14-1063390-JG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,665.00 to $138,659.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 03, 2014 to Monday, March 24, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Open only to current Department of the Interior employees serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and to Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles.
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.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 7.18% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


This vacancy is open only to current Department of the Interior employees serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and to Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles.


TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current Federal employee in the General (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

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

This position is located in Anchorage Alaska, in the Division of Natural Resources, comprised of two branches:  Water Resources and Inventory and Monitoring, with responsibility for refuge biometrics and ecology and ensuring that the Refuge system is a recognized leader in ecosystem management.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required periodically.


  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy which may include a Home Sale Service 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 Chief, Division of Natural Resources, you will:

·     Provide direction and oversight needed to develop new initiatives for enhancing and monitoring conservation and habitat protection activities, serve as expert consultant and provide advice and assistance to refuges in the development of regional policies and procedures, habitat acquisition and management policy, and guidelines for non-game and endangered species and other natural resources of the Refuge System.

·     Recommend and evaluate and changes for improvement or modification to refuge land, including submerged land; evaluate public use and land and water management activities; review, formulate and influence establishment of policies, plans, programs and procedures of Regional scope. 

·     Develop long range plans, estimate and justify funding needs, manage budgets, ensure optimal use of administrative resources, supervise division staff, ensuring public is educated on wildlife conservation;  improvement of the quality of habitat for fish and wildlife populations; invasive species coordination; habitat management and water quality standards.

·     Serve on special teams and committees at international, national and local levels for managing resources and protection of habitat important to international species; consult with other Service program managers in Alaska and nationally, with Alaska Native and State representatives and others shaping comprehensive conservation plan development and the development of national policy and Federal rulemaking guidelines; serve as expert consultant on controversial, political and economic issues; prepare position papers; Obtain cooperation from and maintain liaison with parties and other agencies.

For more information on the duties of this position you may contact Mitch Ellis at (907) 786-3667.


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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.) 


Basic Requirements for the 0480 series:

A degree in biological sciences, agricultural, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  Please note: You must provide copies of your official or unofficial transcripts. OR  

A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  Please note: You must provide copies of your official or unofficial transcripts. OR  

Four years of experience that demonstrates the acquired 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 as described above.


Basic Requirements for the 0486 series:

Degree in biological science that included: 1) at least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; AND 2) at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate): AND 3) at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. You must provide copies of your official or unofficial transcripts. OR

Combination of education and experience - equivalent to a major in biological science (at least 30 semester hours) with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must provide copies of your official or unofficial transcripts.


Additional Qualification Requirements, to qualify as GS-14, applicant must have:

At least one year (52 weeks) specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include: serving in a leadership role in a regional office or at a large field station formulating and implementing policies, standards and procedures regarding a variety of natural resource issues; responsible for developing and managing a complex State/Regional budget; responsible for developing short and long-range natural resource management plans; planning, organizing and directing the work of others; leading and participating in interagency and inter-organization efforts to identify science needs and develop action plans; negotiate resource management decisions to sustain fish and wildlife populations; serve as a technical expert on biological natural resources issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources; independently review and facilitate wildlife management actions including working with the State, Tribes, and other partners; devise strategies to overcome significant resource problems and/or protect and improve the quality of water and habitat for fish and wildlife populations, for invasive species coordination and habitat management.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.


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.  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.


·         Knowledge of federal natural/cultural resource and administrative laws, regulation and policies.

·         Skill in problem analysis, strategizing and decision making.

·         Ability to lead, supervise and administer diverse natural resource programs.

·         Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships and communicate effectively.


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


Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.

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 Service 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 earn a minimum score of 80 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:  1063390

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Monday, March 24, 2014

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Jacque Graham at (907)271-5695 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Chief, Division of Natural Resources, GS-0480/0486-14 and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-14-1063390-JG.


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.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action or Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, whichever is applicable.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation veritying 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.

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.


Jacque Graham
Phone: (907)271-5695
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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