Salary will be based upon duty station and locality pay once selected. Locality tables may be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2020/general-schedule/.
4 vacancies will be filled among the listed locations. Please Note: If selected you may be placed at a regional office, field office, or current duty station at the discretion of management. Additional questions regarding placement should be reserved for the interview process.
The Natural Resources Specialist stationed in either Sacramento, CA; Fremont, CA; Chula Vista, CA; or Las Vegas, NV, will serve as the Invasive Species Coordinator for national wildlife refuges in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin in Oregon. The incumbent will work closely with refuge staff and a variety of partners to promote a strategic and adaptive approach to invasive species management on national wildlife refuge lands and waters.
The Natural Resources Specialist stationed in Portland, OR will serve as the Invasive Species Coordinator and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator for the Columbia-Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands Regions which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and U.S. Minor Outlying Islands. The incumbent will work closely with regional and refuge staff and a variety of partners to promote a strategic and adaptive approach to invasive species management on national wildlife refuge lands and waters.
The Natural Resource Specialist stationed at Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Tulelake, CA will serve as the Integrated Pest Management Specialist and Farming Program Manager for the Complex. The incumbent will oversee the Complex IPM program, coordinate farming on Refuge lands with local producers, and serve the Regional Pesticide Use Proposal Coordinator. The Klamath Basin is situated between the Cascade Range and Great Basin sage steppe, offering abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and an affordable cost of living.
The Natural Resources Specialist stationed in one of the following locations - Great Falls, MT; Lewistown, MT; Pingree, ND; or Coleharbor, ND, will serve as the Invasive Species Coordinator for the Interior Regions 5 & 7 which includes Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The incumbent will work closely with refuge staff and a variety of partners to promote a strategic and adaptive approach to invasive species management on national wildlife refuge lands and waters.
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
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
- Possess and maintain a valid State driver's license to operate government-owned vehicles
Only experience and education obtained by 09/22/2020 will be considered.
Basic Education Requirement
Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, OR
Possess a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in the biological sciences. 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. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
Specialized Experience for GS-11
Possess at least one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved duties such as: managing pests and invasive species, prevention, control, and eradication, OR
Successful completion of at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to one of the following disciplines: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
Specialized Experience for GS-12
Possess at least one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) that involved duties such as: habitat management, particularly as it pertains to managing pests and invasive species, and their existing and potential impacts on wildlife, plants and their habitats and natural resource health.
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.Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-12. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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) and grade point average or class ranking. 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
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 and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
A PCS move is not authorized.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure to operate government-owned and leased vehicles.
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.
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 in prevention, control and eradication techniques and projects using integrated pest management practices (including biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical tools) for all pest situations and infestations, including providing technical leadership for projects.
- Comprehensive knowledge of natural resources management and related laws, policies and regulations as they pertain to managing pests and invasive species.
- Professional knowledge of a wide range of theories, principles, and practices of natural resource management, fish and wildlife biology, ecology, and habitat management, particularly as they pertain to managing pests and invasive species, prevention, control, eradication and existing and potential impacts on wildlife, plants and their habitats and natural resource health.
- Ability to communicate well in writing and convey complex technical information to both field staff and to management.
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.
Career Transition Assistance Program 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 ICTAP or CTAP
eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80
or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP or CTAP
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/
- 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.
A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/22/2020 to receive consideration.
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