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Fish and Wildlife Biologist

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U S Department of Interior

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Summary This position is part of the Assistant Regional Director-Ecological Services. As a Fish and WIldlife Biologist you will be responsible for providing biological support on a variety of issues relating to restoration, preservation and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Pay advance of up to 2 pay periods (4 weeks) of basic pay based on employee salary at time of hire is authorized for newly appointed federal employees to the federal Service, or employees returning to Federal Service after a break in service of 90 days or more. This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R1-18-10200956-RR-DE is open to recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Students may apply within one (1) month of meeting their education requirements. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their two-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years after degree or certificate completion. Responsibilities Plans, evaluates, conducts a wide variety of complex ecological investigations or inspections to determine their impact upon fish and\/or wildlife resources and habitats Reviews and\/or prepares biological portions of environment assessment\/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions Leads efforts in the development of review and processing of research\/recovery permits and other recovery\/ESA-related documents in coordination with Federal, Tribal, and state agencies Submits recommendations to the supervisor on technical and policy matters regarding application of the ESA for sensitive issues with regard to permits Develops comprehensive fish and\/or wildlife mitigation or management plans to insure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish and\/or wildlife and their habitat for a geographic area Maintains contact and communication with biologists throughout the assigned Region and with other agencies (Federal, Tribal, and state) that have endangered species programs Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Requirements Requirements 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 Hawaii and Guam vacancies require possession of US Passport Possession of current valid state driver's license is required. Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by This General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Job Series, 0401, has a basic education requirement. You must possess one of the following to be considered for this series. A. 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. 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 I 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. 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 meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements for the 0401 series, you must also meet at least one of the following Qualification Requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level. A. One year of full-time equivalent specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-5). To meet this requirement, you must have experience performing the following as primary duties: 1) collecting data to carry out less complex studies or portions of larger investigations to assist higher grade biologists in order to determine the impact of various land and water development projects on the fish and wildlife resources of an area; 2) collecting, analyzing, and assessing biological and ecological data; AND 3) assisting in implementing laws (Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act), regulations, and policies involving natural resource issues. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient information in ALL areas to be found qualified. B. Successful completion of at least one full year of graduate level education (18 semester\/27 quarter hours or school equivalent) in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology from an accredited college or university. The quality of the education must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled. NOTE: Your must submit transcripts that clearly reflect this education C. An equivalent combination of appropriate level work experience (as described in \A\ above, Additional Qualifications Requirements) and graduate education (as described in \B\ above) that when combined meet the qualification requirements. The quality of the combination of education and experience must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position to be filled. NOTE: Your resume and transcripts must support this experience and education. D. Successful completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to fish and wildlife biology, AND meets one of the following under the Superior Academic Achievement provisions: A grade point average of B (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study; or a grade point average of B (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; or membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. In addition to meeting at least one of the Basic Qualification Requirements for the 0401 series, you must also meet at least one of the following Qualification Requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-9 grade level. A. Have the equivalent of one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the next lower level in the federal service (GS-7). My experience has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform these functions as primary duties: 1) Conducting investigations of moderate complexity to determine the impact of various land and water development projects upon the fish and\/or wildlife resources of an area; 2) Assisting in developing comprehensive fish and\/or wildlife management plans; 3) Assisting in preparing and reviewing biological implications of environmental assessment\/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions; AND 4) Implementing federal or state environmental laws (i.e., Endangered Species Act, specifically Sections 7 and 10; Clean Water Act; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; National nvironmental Policy Act), regulations, and polices involving natural resource issues. My resume clearly demonstrates this. B. Have successfully completed two full years (36 semester\/54 quarter hours or school equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a discipline directly related to fish and wildlife biology, which has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position as described. The transcripts I am including with my application verify this. C. In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, I have a combination of specialized experience described in \A\ above, PLUS graduate education described in \B\ above in excess of 18 semester\/27 quarter hours, which is creditable when combined and has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position as described. The transcripts and course information I submitted verify my education accomplishments and my resume clearly demonstrates my experience is creditable, and in combination equals 100% of the additional qualifications requirements. 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-7\/9. 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-11. 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. Education 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: Additional information 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 05\/31\/2018; OR 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. Relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. The following conditions of employment may apply to the advertised positions: - Drug testing - Motorboat certification - Medical examination - Required to wear Service uniform - State pesticide license - Work schedule may include weekends\/holidays\/evenings - Extensive travel may be required - 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: . 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 applicable Federal environmental laws and Executive Orders Knowledge of the habitat and life history requirements of fish and wildlife species to evaluate Federal projects, actions, and programs in relation to their effects on the subject species, wetlands, migrating birds and other trust resources. Skill in applying and adapting biological methods, procedures, and techniques and in exercising independent judgment in order to make day-to-day decisions where standard methods and procedures do not apply. Skill in evaluating and interpreting biological reports, research papers, environment assessment\/impact statements (i.e., NEPA and ESA), and comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions on Federal fish and wildlife resources of concern; and to apply findings to solve current management problems and accomplish Service objectives. Skill in verbal and written communications, including skill in presenting data and its analyses, and to write objective reports requiring a minimum of reviewing and editing. 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 85 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: Background checks and security clearance

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In 1789 Congress created three Executive Departments: Foreign Affairs (later in the same year renamed State), Treasury, and War. It also provided for an Attorney General and a Postmaster General. Domestic matters were apportioned by Congress among these departments.

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