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Fish And Wildlife Biologist

Employer
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Location
Lakewood, Colorado, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Restoration
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Summary

This position is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-11, working in Lakewood, Colorado for the R6-Colorado Ecological Services Field Office.

This is a term position expected to last 2 years but may be extended up to a total of 4 years at management's discretion.

This position provides biological expertise on a variety of issues relating to conservation of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. See "Duties" section below for additional information.
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Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    05/02/2022 to 05/06/2022
  • Salary

    $72,995 - $94,889 per year
  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11
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    Location

    1 vacancy in the following location:
    • Lakewood, CO 1 vacancy
  • Telework eligible

    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No
  • Appointment type

    Term - 2 YEARS
  • Work schedule

    Full-time
  • Service

    Competitive
  • Promotion potential

    None
  • Job family (Series)

    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
  • Supervisory status

    No
  • Security clearance

    Not Required
  • Drug test

    No
  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
  • Trust determination process

    Credentialing

    Suitability/Fitness
  • Announcement number

    R6-22-11475304-BL-SDHA
  • Control number

    651833000

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This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


Clarification from the agency

This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position.

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Duties

The Colorado Field Office is seeking talented, experienced applicants with strong partnership-building skills, a firm grounding in biological sciences, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Successful applicants exhibit foundational skills such as integrity, a learning mindset, empathy, courage, responsibility, and professionalism.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Collaborating and communicating effectively with a range of people that hold different opinions and beliefs related to conservation of species and habitat
  • Providing biological expertise on a variety of issues relating to conservation, restoration, and recovery of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats
  • Applying the requirements of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and pertinent environmental regulations, policies, and procedures governing an endangered species program, such as interagency consultation (e.g., biological opinions), listing packages, recovery plans, conservation agreements, and other related documents
  • Reviewing ecological information to evaluate impacts from land and water resource development actions on federal trust resources (i.e., federally protected species and migratory birds)
  • Preparing various types of written communication ranging from emails and general correspondence to more technical compliance documents

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Driver's License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 05/06/2022 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:
A. Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree at an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. 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.

You may qualify at the GS-11 level if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in Federal service that perform the key mission of fish and wildlife management and habitat conservation. Examples of specialized experience may include: Collaborate and communicate effectively with a range of people with various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds and various lifestyles, experience, and interests, and that hold different opinions and beliefs related to conservation of species and habitat. Provide biological expertise on a variety of issues relating to restoration, preservation, conservation, and recovery of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Review ecological information to evaluate impacts from land and water resource development actions. Assist in developing fish and/or wildlife mitigation or conservation plans to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat. OR
Three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at an accredited college or university with a major area of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a closely-related field which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
OR
3. Combination of specialized experience and graduate-level education as described in A and B above that, when combined, equals 100% of the qualification requirement. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%.)

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.

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), 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.

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

Additional information

Telework:
This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. For more information visit: OPM's Employee Guide to Career Transition

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All applicants who submit a complete and legible application by the closing date of this vacancy announcementwill have their qualifications reviewed to determine if they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position.
Knowledge of the habitat and life history requirements of fish, wildlife, and plant species to evaluate federal projects, actions, and programs in relation to their effects on the subject species, wetlands, migrating birds and other trust resources. Knowledge of applicable federal environmental laws and Executive Orders, (i.e., Endangered Species Act, National Environment Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and Natural Resources Damage Assessment); of other federal regulations; and of Service/Department policies or guidelines in order to ensure that legal standards are met in the review of proposed land and water resource development projects (federal, Tribal, state, commercial industry, and surrounding landowners). 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. Skill and diplomacy in coordinating activities with other agencies and organizations; ability to deal effectively with the general public; and ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in official association with federal, state, and local agencies, and with private organizations and individuals.
Applicants eligible for priority consideration under DOI's Career Transition Assistance Program/Plan, employees eligible under the Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP). Eligible candidates on the Reemployment Placement List (RPL). A qualified and eligible permanent DOI employee may be selected before an ICTAP eligible.

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  • As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    You must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.

    Required Documents:

    1. Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

    2. College Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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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