This position serves a critical supervisory role for field staff with the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office documenting the relative abundance, distribution and survival of juvenile salmonids and other co-occurring fishes in the Lower Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, Delta and Bay for the protection, recovery and management of naturally produced native fish species in the Central Valley of California.Learn more about this agency
- Supervise project teams of professional and technical personnel, volunteers and cooperating agencies NGOs and tribes in a variety of scientific field studies and programs in fishery biology and fishery management.
- Develop, coordinate and implement fishery management plans and habitat protection guidelines.
- Provide leadership and guidance to biological field staff concerning study planning, data analysis, and interpretation of biological data collected by field activities.
- Prepare scientific reports using computer based graphics and statistics software.
- Assist program leader in budgeting, planning, and work plan preparation, negotiation, and execution for fishery activities.
- Recruiting, interviewing, training, and supervising subordinate staff.
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.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
- Drug testing required
- Able to obtain certification for motorboat operation (MOCC)
- Able to safely swim and snorkel in cold fast moving water and obtain Swift-water Safety Certification
- Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Valid State drivers license required
- Wearing US FWS Uniform required
- This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R8-19-10510354-DS-MP for status candidates and special hiring authorities. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by the closing date will be considered.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-0482 SERIES
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences that included: at least 6 semester (9 quarter) hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and at least 12 semester (18 quarter) hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess courses in aquatic subject may be used to meet this requirement when
appropriate). NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, ALL applicants must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) that verifies EACH OF THESE unit amounts and this education.
B. An appropriate combination of education and experience in courses equivalent to a major in biological science (at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in paragraph A, above, plus appropriate experience or additional education equivalent to a course of study with a major in the appropriate field as described in A above. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities comparable to those normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study. NOTE: To qualify under this option, ALL applicants must submit transcripts to verify their education and EACH OF THESE unit amounts, and include proof of their experience in the texts of their resumes.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-11
A. One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for this grade is defined as: 1) conducting studies, research and investigations, etc. aimed at resolving habitat protection or enhancement issues for endangered fish species management; 2) training and leading work crews in conducting field studies or projects designed to promote naturally reproducing and self-sustaining populations of fish resources; 3) managing a fish
restoration project's administrative, planning and budgeting processes; and 4) coordinating fish restoration efforts between multiple organizations. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing duties 1 through 4 above.
B. Successful completion of a Ph.D. (or have three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.) in a field directly related to fishery biology, marine biology, aquatic biology, or other related biology disciplines appropriate to this position. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition, 54 semester hours (81 quarter hours) is considered as satisfying the requirement for three years of full- time graduate study. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
C. Combination of qualifying specialized experience as described in A and qualifying graduate education as described in B that equals 100 percent of the requirement when computed as percentages and combined. To combine education and experience, convert quarter hours to semester hours by multiplying by the fraction 2/3. Then, divide your number of graduate semester hours in excess of 36 by 18 (or the number your school uses to represent one year of graduate education). Divide months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. These two numbers must equal 100 percent when combined. NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your education and include proof of your experience in the text of your resume.
IMPORTANT: Human Resources is not permitted to "read between the lines," make assumptions about, or infer what duties you performed in your work history. To ensure that we can credit your experience, we recommend that you update your resume to specifically address the duties shown in numbers 1-4 in response A above. One year of experience refers to full-time work. Your resume must include the number of hours worked per week.
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; 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
- 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.
- A PCS Move is authorized as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations including contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable.
- Supervisory Training If you have not previously completed a supervisory training program, you will be required to complete one.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure to operate motor vehicles.
MOTORBOAT OPERATOR: You must have the ability to obtain certification for motorboat operation.
SWIFTWATER SAFETY: You must be able to safely swim and snorkel in cold fast-moving water and demonstrate this with obtaining and maintaining Swift-water Safety Certification.
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.
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 FISH BIOLOGY SUFFICIENT TO DEVELOP FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR
- SALMONIDS AND CO-OCCURING FISHES
- KNOWLEDGE OF ADMINISTRATIVE, BUDGETING AND PLANNING PROCESSES TO PREPARE, NEGOTIATE AND EXECUTE COOPERATIVE FISHERY ACTIVITIES
- ABILITY TO LEAD OR SUPERVISE A STAFF CONSISTING OF A MIX OF PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL, PERMANENT, TEMPORARY, AND VOLUNTEER EMPLOYEES
- SKILL IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
- ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
- Best Qualified
- Well Qualified
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).
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.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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/10510518
Agency contact information
AddressDivision of Human Resources
Division of Human Resources
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
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