Fish & Wildlife Biologist
Government of the District of Columbia 23 reviews - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-401-11

Agency: District Department of the Environment (DDOE)

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Career Term Service - (Not to exceed 13 months)

First Screening Date: April 25, 2013

Number of Vacancies: Two (2)

Opening date: April 10, 2013

Promotion Potential: None

Salary Range: $54,633 - $70,437

Tour of Duty: 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the District Department of the Environment, Natural Resources Administration, Fisheries and Wildlife Division. The incumbent will conduct professional, scientific or research work that involves preserving, conserving, propagating, protecting, and managing wildlife, fish and other aquatic species populations and their habitats for ecological purposes and to benefit the public. Designs and executes fish and wildlife research and management projects. Presents and interprets research and management actions to other scientists and the public. Conducts fish or wildlife research and surveys for the purpose of managing and protecting the terrestrial and aquatic living resource within the District of Columbia. Designs sampling procedures and develops project plans, and assists in the collection of biological samples.


Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree in ciological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines apprporiate to the position.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Comprehensive knowledge of and expertise using the principles, concepts, practices and techniques related to wildlife, wildlife sampling, data collection, or natural resources management in a highly urbanized area.

Ranking Factor #2: Comprehensive knowledge of and expertise identifying wildlife and evaluating the habitats and ecological communities needed to sustain viable wildlife populations particularly in highly urbanized area. Experience creating natural resources studies and research projects that translate into ecosystem level species conservation or management.

Ranking Factor #3: Comprehensive knowledge of and experience using the principles, concepts, practices, and techniques needed to manage invasive species and minimize negative impacts on native species with a special emphasis on community conservation, protection, and restoration.

Ranking Factor #4: Demonstrated experience using GPS hardware, software and various mapping technologies as part of a management plans, reports, studies, or research projects to delineate conservation or other natural resources areas of interest.

Ranking Factor #5: Ability to communicate will both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences, primarily community groups, scientific peers, managers, and administrators. Experience with drafting and reviewing grant applications, MOUs, cooperative agreements, work plans, and reports, as well as working with stakeholders to accomplish government and community goals.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors: An employee serving under a term appointment shall not acquire permanent status on the basis of the term appointment, and shall not be converted to a regular Career Service appointment without further competition, unless eligible for reinstatement.
A valid driver's license is required. Must obtain a DC government driver's permit within 90 days of employment.

Physical Effort: Work requires long periods of standing; walking over rough terrain; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, or similar activities. Work may also include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples

Working Conditions: The work is performed in an office which is an adequately heated, lighted, and ventilated, although work involves exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as those due to adverse weather conditions, such as high winds and low or high temperatures; crowded or constricted maritime docks or ship cargo areas; irritating chemicals, falling trees; hostile wildlife; poisonous insects, plants, or snakes, etc.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to Talisha Pitt, Management Liaison Specialist at (202) 727-3614.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): Online at or in person at D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Closing Statement

Closing Statement: Applicants will only be notified if an interview is granted.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified employees or qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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