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Job Title:Interdisciplinary (Biologist, Physical Scientist or Ecologist)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGJ140495411129181D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$69,497.00 to $92,576.00 / Per Year


Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Auburn, NY View Map
Buffalo, NY View Map
Oak Harbor, OH View Map
Orwell, OH View Map
Stow, OH View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:


This position is also being announced under SWGJ140495411129177 for "Status Candidates". If you are currently a permanent Department of Army employee with status or have other appointment eligibility(s), ensure to review this announcement to determine if you are eligible to apply and receive consideration.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) cost is not authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

This is an interdisciplinary position and can be filled by any of the following disciplines:

0401- Biologist
1301 Physical Scientist

This position may be filled at any of the following locations:

Buffalo, NY
Auburn, NY
Oak Harbor, OH
Orwell, OH
Stow, OH

Pay will be set based on location of the position.

Field visits require regular and recurring physical exertion such as: hiking long distances through rough country, repeated digging of soil pits, frequent bending or stooping to sample vegetation, climbing steep inclines, and jumping over obstructions.

Position is located in the regulatory program; the program is responsible at ensuring that the physical, biological and chemical integrity of the nation’s water resources are improved and enhanced and that regulated activities in these waters are not contrary to the public interest, considering environmental, social, and economic concerns.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens



  • 25% or Greater
  • Business Travel


  • No


  • Must possess and maintain a valid stateside driver's license


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Incumbent facilitate the management of the section enforcement workload by personally conducting or managing the investigation of unauthorized work and developing and determining the resolution of enforcement actions. Typical projects lack direct and documented avenues for resolution, requiring creative application of scientific principles and interpretation of regulatory procedures. Investigations of this complexity may involve:
(a) design of site specific restoration/mitigation projects using technical experience and judgement; the determination of technical feasibility of projects; the direction and overseeing of on-site construction;

(b) analysis of complex impacts on fish and wildlife, natural resource conservation, pollution control, flood control, aesthetics, ecology, and the general public interest associated with the structures, materials, and work activities;

(c) preparation of accurate and detailed environmental assessments, factual photographic litigation materials, and recommendations for legal action by the U.S. Attorney/U.S. Department of Justice;

(d) preparation of jurisdictional determinations in complex situations where these limits are unclear and/or controversial.

(e) evaluation of after-the-fact permit applications.
Assists in the management of the District regulatory program through the development, administration, and implementation of programmatic initiatives and requirements such as local enforcement operating-procedures, public information programs, training programs and litigation reports and requirements.
Such initiatives and requirements may involve:
(a) Advising lower grade employees on procedural aspects of the regulatory program, including but not limited to the preparation of after-the-fact public notices, letters, EAs, and correspondence.
(b) managing special programmatic initiatives which may result from interagency coordination efforts, special task groups, directives from higher authority, the District Engineer, the Division Chief or the Branch Chief.

(c) participating on, or serving as leader for, interagency task forces formed as programmatic initiatives, providing timely input, fully coordinating issues with others, as appropriate.

(d) representing the District and/or Regulatory Branch on interagency and other task forces.

(e) assisting Office of Counsel in preparation of litigation reports.

Resolve differences (administrative and scientific) among views and positions of other Federal and state agencies and private interests for finalizing certain regulatory actions, or represent the Corps as an expert witness in court cases on permit decisions and/or enforcement actions in which he/she was involved.


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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as:  Work experience utilizing required knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, methods, regulations, policies and laws in order to identify and resolve complex, controversial, and environmental sensitive unauthorized activities and non-compliance actions for activities or work within waters of the United States.  This includes experience with after-the-fact permit evaluation, removal/restoration orders, and other options to resolve violations of federal law.  Experience  also includes resolving Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act violations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-11.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:


General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Ecology Series, 0408

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
Combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included 30 semester hours in biology and/or related sciences related to ecology, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

General Physical Science Series, 1301
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

A copy of your transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.


  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Friday, June 27, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • 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 your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1129181. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


Jeff Slimp
Phone: (502)315-7089
Agency Information:
PO Box 59
Louisville, KY


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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