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This position is located in Elko, NV. Information about Elko, NV and the surrounding location area can be found at Elko Chamber of Commerce.
At the GS-09/11 Level:
The incumbent works closely with senior specialists in coordinating and consulting with local Tribal, State, special interest groups and other federal agencies concerned with the proper protection and conservation of aquatic and fish habitats. The incumbent participates in monitoring on-going aquatic habitat development projects and the implementation of new projects within the Field Office. The incumbent assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of resource management plans for the Field Office. The employee serves on interdisciplinary teams, where he/she is responsible for writing and reviewing the aquatic biological input to Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Section 7 Biological Assessments, development of protective stipulations, and Resource Management Plans.
Physical Demands: The individual works in an office setting at this level, however, in order to gather samples and complete monitoring activities, the individual may be frequently required to walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples.
Work Environment: The work is performed in an office setting. However, when necessary to complete the work, there is outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure requires some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather. The incumbent may subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
- You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
- have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
- Direct Deposit Required
- Background Investigation Required
This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR)-Fishery Biology Series, 0482-located on the OPM website.
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
If selected for this position you will need to complete the Federal Information Systems Security Awareness (FISSA) training prior to start date (if applicable).
This position has a Basic Education Requirement: A degee in a biological science that included: (A) At least 6 semester 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 (B) At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, celluar biology, genetics, or research in these fields--OR--(C) A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aqautic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade.
To qualify at GS-09: Meet the Basic Requirement AND one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is further defined as: Assisted higher graded fishery biologist by conducting moderately difficult evaluations; used your knowledge of fishery biology to: identify resources; analyze and evaluate conditions; evaluate overall resource needs; identify local impacts and mitigation measures; enter and manipulate data; generate queries & reports & lead lower graded technicians--OR--Meet the basic requirement AND have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master`s degree or equivalent graduate degree in fishery biology or directly related biological science with emphasis in aquatic subjects--OR--Meet the basic requirement AND have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above
To qualify at GS-11: Meet the Basic Requirement AND one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal Service. At this level, you performed difficult work requiring professional knowledge of the science involved. Specialized experience is further defined as: Assess fishery habitat, riparian or land health conditions/riparian functioning condition; develops policies, agreements and restrictions for the conservation & management of fishery habitat; designs projects to protect/improve riparian habitat conditions; analyze data--OR--Meet the basic requirement AND have a Ph.D. degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent graduate degree in fishery biology or directly related biological science with emphasis in aquatic subjects--OR--Meet the basic requirement AND I have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER). Additionally you must submit copies of transcripts or a list of all college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university, with your application. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (for WG) job elements required to do the work of this position.
At the GS-09/11 Level:
KSA 1: Skill in Interdisciplinary coordination through a variety of communication means in order to make effective technical, fishery program and/or project related presentations.
KSA 2: Ability to utilize a variety of computer related software, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and database management applications.
KSA 3: Knowledge of major policy guidance, such as National Environmental Policy Act, Threatened and Endangered Species Act, and other related Bureau and Federal issuances.
KSA 4: Knowledge of fish biology, aquatic ecology and population dynamics to manage habitat restoration, construction and program management issues that may adversely impact certain species.
KSA 5: Knowledge of Federal and Bureau contracting and budgeting polices and practices.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
Positive Education Requirement: Copy of Transcripts or a list of all college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education
Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1). This office may use SF-50s to determine the applicant meets Time in Grade (TIG) or highest previous grade held requirements. Please submit multiple SF50s (if applicable) to verify you have satisfied all job announcement requirements.
Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”
Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6428 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
Agency contact information
AddressBureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, Nevada 89520-0006
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544129500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.