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Job Title:  Environmental Education Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R3-14-1160943-LO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 14, 2014 to Monday, July 21, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Neosho, MO View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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This position is located at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Neosho, Missouri.  The Environmental Education Specialist will enhance the mission of the Fisheries program through conservation education through the utilization of education theories, methodologies, and principles to plan, develop, conduct, implement, and evaluate environmental education programs, curricula, and materials at the field stations.  The Environmental Education Specialist also administers and provides technical guidance in diverse areas such as outreach planning, information sharing, fishery conservation, and community outreach.  


  • Occasional Travel
  • As required to perform duties of position.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply to this position.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Uniform and valid driver's license required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.


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* Utilizes education theories, methodologies and principles to plan and implement environmental education programs, curricula, and materials.

* Prepares and conducts teacher training and orientation programs.

* Develops, coordinates, and presents on and off-site outreach programs for a variety of audiences.

* Drafts a variety of environmental education curricula and other educational products.

* Develops and implements a fisheries outreach program.

* Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with many different schools, groups, agencies, and individuals, including all levels of the local education community; school districts and university education programs personnel; and Federal, State, county and regional agencies; teachers and education leaders; public and private groups; businesses and corporations.

* Evaluates education and outreach programs and plans for a fisheries field station based upon accepted planning models that require identifying objectives, messages, stakeholders, target audiences, appropriate outreach tools and evaluation methods.

* Staffs information desk in visitor center and provides interpretive and orientation information to the public.

* Provides guidance and direction to outreach personnel, including interns, volunteer groups, and mentorship programs for youth.


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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. 


To meet the basic requirements, you must have one of the following:

A. A degree that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position (i.e. environmental science, natural resource management. (Submit a copy of your transcript).
B. An equivalent combination of education and experience--such as courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position (i.e. environmental science, natural resource management), plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above. (Submit a copy of your transcript).


To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must have one of the following:

A. At least one year of professional experience in education or utilizing education theories, methodologies and principles to develop or modifying programs, curricula or conducting  courses of instruction in environmental, conservation or natural resource management. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service or equivalent pay systems.

B. Three years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in education or field of education that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of an Environmental Education Specialist. (Submit a copy of your transcript).

C.  An equivalent combination of experience and education as described above. To compute, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of experience described in "A"; then determine your total education as a percentage of the amount in "B". (Note: Only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours can be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal to at least 100%. (Submit a copy of your transcript).

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts for this professional position.  Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

The selectee may be required to periodically work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.

Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

Knowledge in the principles, theories, and practices of education methodology to develop and/or modify education curricula and training materials, and conduct courses of instruction.

Ability to communicate environmental education issues and programs orally.

Ability to communicate environmental education issues and programs in writing.

Knowledge of conservation and natural resource management principles and practices in order to incorporate them into educational programs, exhibits, and other visitor services programs.

Ability to develop new and extensive outreach methods, strategies, and information materials including news releases, fact sheets, question and answer sheets, brochures, and booklets to increase communication with stakeholders, partners, organization, industry, and the American public.

Qualified candidates will then be placed in one of three categories:


Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume.  Follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your score.  Please note that if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher in the self assessment than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

APPLICATION OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE:  The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.  Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher.  An agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.

To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.


More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

1. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

2. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of three predefined quality categories instead of being ranked in numeric score order. The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.  Preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher.

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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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.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 21, 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.

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 the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1160943.
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 Monday, July 21, 2014 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 items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


In addition to your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, the following documents are required:
  • Resume

  • Transcripts

The documents listed below must be submitted, if applicable, as they will be used to verify your stated eligibility to apply to this vacancy. 
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):  Must submit a copy of the agency notice; a copy of his/her last Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 noting current position, grade levels, and duty location; and their most recent annual performance appraisal.
  • Veterans Preference documentation: A copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility, such such as an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.
If you fail to submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
  • Your full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers; Country of Citizenship.  If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
  • Education - High school name, city, state, and zip code, date of diploma or GED.  For any colleges and/or universities attended, include city, state, and zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree was received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
  • Work Experience - List each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions).  Include job title; duties and accomplishments; number of hours worked per week; employer's name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); and salary.  For seasonal employment, list starting and ending dates for each period of work.  Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • Other Qualifications - Job-related training courses (title and year); job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); job-related certificates and licenses; and job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).  Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Lisa E. Olson
Phone: (612)713-5230
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Minnesota
Division of Human Resources
5600 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement 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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