Social Scientist/Biological Scientist
* Duties Help Duties Summary This position's primary purpose is performing work involved in Natural Resource Planning/Environmental law compliance to include National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-National Management Act (NFMA). Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of the job offer. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities * Duties listed are at the full performance level (GS-11). * Conduct environmental studies and evaluations concerning a variety of resources, such as social economic, land, air, water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, and/or additional special areas. * Ensure National Environmental Policy Act ( NEPA) documents are in conformance with applicable law, regulation, and policy. * Coordinate with natural resource specialists to obtain, compile and analyze information used in formulating specific components of program and project plans. * Instruct project staff on the plan standards and guidelines related to the unit natural resource management proposal. * Write environmental analyses, assessments, and environmental impact statements. * Prepare annual operating plans and/or budgets. * Develop, monitor, and maintain planning documents and action plan for all aspects of the program of work. Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel for site visits, training and/or meetings may be required. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 11 * Job family (Series) 0101 Social Science 0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences Similar jobs * Biological Scientists * Requirements Help Requirements Conditions of Employment * Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. * Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. * Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check. * Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served. * Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution. * Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov * All locations in the following states are part of the bargaining unit: Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. * All locations in Illinois are part of the bargaining unit, except Wilmington, IL. All locations in Minnesota are part of the bargaining unit, except Cass Lake, Blackduck, Walker and Deer River. * All other locations listed in this announcement are not part of a bargaining unit. * This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW (does not apply to West Virginia locations). Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements. Basic Requirement: GS-0101: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR A combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. GS-0401: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR 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 a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major; OR A combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that 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 needed to perform the work of the occupation. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below. For the GS-09 grade level: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience could include: Assisted in natural resource management activities; Participated on an interdisciplinary team and assisted in drafting segments of assessments and other environmental documents, i.e., Categorical Exclusions; Assisted with the document review process by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Assisted in planning one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation initiatives; Gathered and reviewed subject matter documents for the required information in the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) source document; OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. that is directly related to the work of the position; OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. For the GS-11 grade level: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience could include: Participated in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; Participated in the review process or identification of regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Served as a member of an interdisciplinary team for developing projects; Served as a project lead for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations. OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). 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. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Education See Qualifications section of this announcement.