Fish and Wildlife Biologist
This position is located in the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (IFWCO). The IFWCO is part of the Dworshak Hatchery Complex. The IFWCO works to help restore rare and culturally and economically important aquatic species, recover species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), reduce the probability of listing additional species under the ESA, promote restoration of aquatic habitats, and provide science based management of aquatic resources in Idaho and Eastern OR/WA.
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Assisting in the development and review of project study plans to ensure validity of experimental design, statistical rigor, and scientific merit. Providing written recommendations to project leads and the project leader.
Reviewing investigation plans and reports for projects related to Federal water projects. Providing technical assistance on the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of field studies.
Providing technical expertise in the field of population dynamics, population estimates, resource and statistical modeling, statistical treatment of data, and providing advice to biologists.
Applying statistical concepts and innovative techniques to the evaluation and resolution of aquatic resource problems.
Assists with long-range field studies designed to address impacts of Federal water projects on aquatic resources and associated habitats.
Fosters and maintains close coordination with other Service activities so that biological findings are incorporated into Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act considerations.
Studies and determines the status of populations of rare species as needed by selecting appropriate data collection methods and collecting data without jeopardizing populations.
50% or less - Travel will be to conduct field work and meeting attendance. Field work and meeting travel will vary from day travel to up to seven consecutive days.
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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
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
Physical Demands: This position requires considerable time on field projects requiring intense physical exertion
Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license for the duration of the appointment.
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.
The 0401 job series has a basic requirement. To meet this basic requirement, you must possess one of the following:
A. Completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
B. Possess a combination of education and experience that consisted of courses equivalent to a major (24 semester hours) in fields such as those shown in response A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience is sufficient to demonstrate that you possess 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 leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in the appropriate field.
In addition to the basic requirement for the 0401 series, you must possess one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:
A. Have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is described as: 1) assisted in the experimental design of biological/ecological studies in the wild (not a laboratory setting); 2) experience sampling animal populations to estimate or index abundance or distribution; and 3) data analysis and reporting in agency reports or a peer-reviewed journal. NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.
B. Have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a field directly related to this position. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
C. Qualify for this position because you have a combination of qualifying specialized experience as described in response A and qualifying graduate education as described in response B that equals 100 percent of the requirement. To combine education and experience, divide your number of graduate semester hours in excess of 36 by 36 (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.
In addition to the basic requirement for the 0401 series, to qualify at the GS-12 level
you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is described as: 1) leading the design of biological/ecological studies in the wild (not a laboratory setting); 2) application of statistics, models and/or algorithms to biological data to address natural resource conservation issues or management questions; 3) implementation and analysis of research to promote species conservation and effective management; 4) experience with various methods of sampling animal populations and leading field crews; 5) data analysis and reporting leading to publication of results in a scientific peer-reviewed journal; 6) experience coordinating efforts with agencies or other partners. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one year experience performing these duties.
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), 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.
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.
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.
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: ****Additional information
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: ****To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at ****FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 06/22/2018
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
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: ****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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Knowledge of experimental design, data analysis, and reporting for use in assessing progress towards recovery of rare, threatened, and endangered species.
Skilled in the application of biometric principles, theories, practices, and concepts sufficient to perform the full range of duties associated with the development of statistically valid study proposals and evaluation of study results.
Knowledge of relevant literature and sampling design techniques to advise in survey design, investigations, and interpretation of project results. An understanding of limitations of biological sampling and the ability to apply innovative statistical analyses to complicated databases.
Skilled in the use of statistical software including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, SPSS, R, JMP and Program Mark.
Knowledge of the theory, principles, and methods of resource management as gained through formal education, training, and work experience in the study of aquatic species and their habitats.
Ability to coordinate managment concerns with personnel of other Service programs, Federal agencies, State and private organizations. This includes the skill to communicate effectively, tactfully, and diplomatically with staff, individuals of other organizations or agencies, and the general public.
Ability to present biological data, study results, and data analysis and interpretations in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing, to technically oriented staff and to lay persons.
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:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
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
Q - Nonsensitive
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. ****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. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
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.
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How to Apply
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.
A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/22/2018 to receive consideration.
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: ****To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (****all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: ****Read more
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This job originated on ****For the full announcement and to apply, visit ****Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at ****will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
06/11/2018 to 06/22/2018
$61,218 to $95,388 per year
Pay scale & grade:
GS 11 - 12