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Interdisciplinary Biologist/Physical Scientist

Department of Defense
Alabama Port, Alabama, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021

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  • Coordinate legal issues and prepares enviornmental assessments and factual photographic litigation materials and recommendations for legal action by the U.S. Attorney/ U.S Department of Justice.
  • Assist the Office of Counsel in preparation of litigation reports.
  • Coordinate legal issues with appropriate local, sate and Federal agencies, and assists Corps Office of Counsel and the Assistant U.S District Attorney when requested.
  • Recommend issuance or denial of permits/modifications, or conditions for issuance and documentation of the weighing and balancing through processes in a Statement of Findings (SOF) leading to the recommended decision.
  • Conduct the evaluation of applications for permits, and the modification of permits for activities or work in waters of the United States.
  • Determine the appropriate type of authorization for proposed projects, evaluates permit applications/ proposed modifications and supplemental materials for completeness.
  • Prepare and manage accurate and detailed documentation, e.g., environmental assessments (EAs) or Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), PIR and Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines analysis, correspondence and other types of documents as required.
  • Review site-specific restoration/mitigation proposals using technical experience and judgment to determine the feasibility of proposals with respect to Corps mitigation policy and guidance.
  • Advise lower grade employees on procedural aspects of the regulatory program.
  • Provide advice and oversee lower grade employees on technical aspects of investigating unauthorized work, aerial imagery interpretation, legal procedures and documentation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position up to 15% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

1301 General Physical Science

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Conditions of Employment
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Annual Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Current and valid state-issued driver's license is required.


This position is being filled under the Direct Hiring Authority for Certain Personnel of the DOD Workforce.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Biologist 0401 series:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Requirement for Physical Scientist 1301 series:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to one of the majors, as shown in A above, that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1.) experience reviewing permit applications for projects in wetlands and waters of the United States for compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, 2.) field work experience in reviewing proposed projects in wetlands and waters of the United States utilizing the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual and regional supplements and 3.) experience with enforcement and compliance of permitted activities in wetlands and waters of the United States.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09) or civilian equivalent.


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Biology or Physical Science.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.


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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
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