This position is part of the R5-Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Wildlife Biologist you will be responsible for planning, executing, and overseeing piping plover and least tern management projects.Learn more about this agency
As a Wildlife Biologist your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Coordinate species management actions for trust species on refuge and partner lands including threatened, endangered and candidate species
- Write annual piping plover and least tern reports and present data results at technical meetings
- Maintain working relationships with landowners, local communities, and recreational beach visitors to support the goals of the piping plover recovery plan
- Write and administer memorandums of understanding (MOU) that provide for protection of federally and state listed species, including piping plover and least tern
- Develop, manage and execute reimbursable agreements
- Train and oversee seasonal employees and volunteers engaged in technical work
- Assist with performing biological studies for determining the manner and extent to which wildlife populations are affected by management activities
- Perform data entry which may involve automated wildlife databases and/or geographic information systems (GIS), work processing, or other computer database program
- Assist in public outreach activities
- Operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, and motorboats 18-20 feet in length
Work may be strenuous at times and require exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven surfaces; wading through fresh and saltwater marshes, climbing ladders into 60' observation towers and nesting trees, or similar activities; exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to attend training, meetings, or to perform field work.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
- Wearing of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is a requirement
- May be required to successfully complete a one year trial period
- New employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment
- New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment
- Must be able to complete the Motorboat Operator Certification Course within 1 year of employment in order to operate motorized watercraft
- Valid state driver?s license is required
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement may be used to qualify.
Selective Placement Factor:
This position has the following Selective Placement Factor: Experience with piping plovers and tern breeding biology, nesting ecology, population surveys, nest search techniques, and installing predator exclosures around nests. This experience must be clearly indicated in your resume. Applicants who do not meet this are ineligible for further consideration.
Basic Education Requirements:
In addition to possessing the Selective Placement Factor above, in order to qualify for this position you must meet the Basic Education Requirements for the 0486 series in one of the following ways. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provide in your resume, transcripts, application, and information provided by your references.
A. I possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 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 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 (excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); AND at least 9 semester hours in botany or related plant sciences. Please Note: If you select this response, you must provide a copy of your college transcripts to show how you meet this requirement.
B. I possess a combination of education and specialized experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. This combination includes at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects as described above, AND 12 semester hours in zoology subjects as described above, AND 9 semester hours in botany or related plant sciences as described above. Please Note: If you select this response, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.
In addition to possessing the Selective Placement Factor and meeting the Basic Education Requirement above, in order to qualify for this position at the GS-9 grade level you must meet the following. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provide in your resume, transcripts, application, and information provided by your references.
A. I possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service performing the following duties: Assist with planning and conducting piping plover and tern habitat management; perform biological studies of piping plover and least terns and their habitats; keep accurate records and write reports based on monitoring and management data; experience presenting results of data collected for these species; oversee lower-graded staff in the performance of wildlife surveys; use standard biological techniques to identify and monitor beach nesting of plover and terns; enter, quantify, and display data in geographic information systems (GIS); use statistical software and databases such as Microsoft Access and Excel; install predator exclosures around plover and tern nests.
B. I possess a Master's or higher degree in biology or a closely related field which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully complete the work of the position. Please Note: If you select this response, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.
C. I possess a combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.) Please Note: If you select this response, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified (score 85 or above) for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
- FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of the breeding biology, nesting ecology, and monitoring techniques of piping plover and terns
- Ability to work closely with partner organizations and individuals, including local, tribal and state officials, other federal agencies, and private land owners to gain support and maintain positive working partnerships with a variety of stakeholders
- Skill in leading and communicating with field crews, including logistical planning, instructing other crew members, and dealing with changing situations
- Knowledge of data management and analysis, and geographic information systems
- Skill in operating motorized vehicles and watercraft
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' 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. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
- Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
- If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
How to Apply
- Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
- You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
- You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
- Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
- To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10470209
Agency contact information
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