BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE ADMINISTRATOR, GS-0480
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.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
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 http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.