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Job Title:  Fish and Wildlife Administrator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  FS-1193723-ET14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$99,667.00 to $129,563.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 29, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Conserving the Nature of America

This position will serve as the Assistant Field Supervisor for Geographic Operations in the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (PIFWO), Honolulu, Hawaii, under the general supervision of the PIFWO Field Supervisor (FS) and is accountable for the achievement of the entire range of goals, objectives, and priorities established for the PIFWO.

1) All U.S. Citizens;

2) Status Candidates - this includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  Please apply under occupational specialty 002 if you meet the criteria mentioned above; and

3) Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities - this includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this grade or higher with the same promotion potential as announced for this position. For more information about special hiring authorities, visit Please apply under occupational specialty 003 if you meet the criteria mentioned above. 
Documentation to verify your eligibility under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities or as a Status Candidate needs to be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

More than one vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

Full Performance Level : GS-14


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to be in travel status 1 - 5 nights per month.


  • Yes
  • PCS is authorized.


  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Appointment subject to moderate risk background investigation.


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Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the ‘hands on conservation' of PIFWO and the ‘face to face relationships' with the public, action agencies that impact trust resources, and State, Territorial, Commonwealth, and local governments – throughout the entire Pacific Islands area.
  • Leading and supervising PIFWO sub-offices and Island Teams, exercising the full range of leadership, supervisory, and managerial duties over 5-7 subordinate supervisors who manage Island Teams, Strategic Conservation Program (Scientific Applications), and the Invasive Species branch (these subordinate supervisors range from GS-12s to GS-13, and in turn, supervise staff ranging in grades from GS-7 to GS-12.)
  • Representing the PIFWO, Service, and, occasionally, the Department of the Interior by taking a leadership role at agency and interagency meetings with other Service activities, other Federal, State, Territorial, and Commonwealth agencies, local governments, organizations, groups, and individuals for purposes of communicating and negotiating Service/Departmental positions and objectives and for precluding and resolving problems.
  • Meeting with and briefing members of Congress and their staff, Federal, State of Hawaii, Territorial (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands [CNMI]), local, and native organization representatives and elected officials, concerned citizens, and public interest groups to share information, gain support, and resolve conflict concerning Service activities ranging from the listing of endangered species, designation of critical habitat, the approval of controversial development projects, impacts to endangered species and other federal trust resources such as coral reefs and marine species.
  • Collaborating with high level officials of Federal, State, and Territorial agencies, Tribal officials, private conservation organizations, corporate officials, and representatives of Governors' offices (in Hawaii, Guam, CNMI, and American Samoa) to negotiate cooperative positions and programs that will provide increased protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.


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A. All applicants must have a Bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.


B. Have a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.


C. Have FOUR years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant 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.


In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, to qualify at the GS-14 grade level, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include: 1) overseeing or managing fiscal, personnel and administrative functions of an organization; 2) interpreting and applying rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the protection and management of fish, wildlife, and plant resources; 3) collaborating with public and private sector (such as Federal, State, Territorial, and Commonwealth) organizations, local government, groups and individuals in determining actions appropriate for protecting fish, wildlife, and plant resources; and 4) providing guidance or advisory consultation on endangered species conservation, fish and wildlife management, and relevant laws and statutes (including the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and national environmental policies).

Copies of transcripts need not be official but must clearly support meeting the basic qualification requirements.

For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at
Special Instructions For Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit


Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service must meet time in grade requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service). Some exclusions are found in 5 CFR 300.602. You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.

All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Supervisory Position: As this is a supervisory position, applicants must have demonstrated in their work experience that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision. An interview may be included in the evaluation process to assess these abilities. Applicants should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in the following ten competencies: 1) accountability; 2) customer service; 3) decisiveness; 4) flexibility; 5) integrity/honesty; 6) interpersonal skills; 7) oral communication; 8) problem solving; 9) resilience; and 10) written communication.


Supervisory Probation: Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period of one year.



The work is primarily sedentary, but does intermittently require moderately intense physical activity such as walking off-road and off-trail over rough, steep, or rocky terrain while inspecting field operations.  The job requires occasional air travel to Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, all of the Hawaiian Islands, Portland, OR and Washington, DC.  Because of the distances involved in the Pacific Islands, and the conditions at some sites, this travel can be rigorous.  Work at field sites can be physically demanding and under somewhat difficult conditions.


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. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

•Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

•Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and

•Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.


All candidates will be evaluated against the following competencies:

  • Ability to administer and manage conservation efforts through priority-setting and policy development.
  • Knowledge of fish and wildlife biology, management, and associated disciplines.
  • Knowledge of natural resource management activities and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to supervise or lead the work of others.


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If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF-15 found at If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF-15. If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
2.A complete Assessment Questionnaire

A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Friday, September 12, 2014.

* To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other documents and complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are 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 job announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1193723. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1.Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.Your Résumé
2.A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3.Other Supporting Documents (No Photos Please):
•Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.
•College transcripts, if using to support meeting the basic qualification requirements.
•Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure group, position occupied (competitive/excepted), agency, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form(s) which demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level, or at the highest grade level achieved. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.
•Documentation of your eligibility to apply as a Noncompetitive candidate or under a Special Appointing Authority, if applicable. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. THERE MAY BE SITUATIONS WHERE MORE THAN ONE SF-50 IS NEEDED TO VERIFY ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT SUFFICIENT REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A NONCOMPETITIVE CANDIDATE.

If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration for this vacancy:

1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.
2. SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified (or rated 85 or above under merit promotion procedures) in accordance with the agency's merit promotion procedures on the rating criteria for this position. For further information about the I/CTAP programs, visit


Ester Torrevillas
Phone: (415)281-7079
Agency Information:
USOPM San Francisco Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or mail when this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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