Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Transportation Liaison)
Department Of The Interior - Annapolis, MD

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-12

Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

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This announcement is open to both all U.S. citizens and merit promotion eligibles. You are eligible for merit promotion if you are a current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and persons eligible under Federal Special Hire Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles within the local commuting area of this vacancy may receive priority consideration.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required.

A valid state driver's license is required.

Travel of 1 - 5 nights/month for meetings may be required.

Moving expenses are NOT authorized.

DUTIES:
As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the Chesapeake Bay Field Office, you will be responsible for:

Serving as the primary transportation liaison to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to analyze the effects of transportation plans and projects on natural resources;

Negotiating impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures;

Conducting consultations on threatened and endangered species pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act;

Working with interdisciplinary teams from Federal, State, and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, environmental groups and private citizens on a variety of resource issues; and

Serving as contract project officer for a variety of environmental assessments and other conservation projects

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess

A Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a similar discipline related to this position OR a combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above.

AND

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, planning and conducting investigations to determine the effects of development proposals on fish, wildlife, plants, their habitats and ecosystems; evaluating or developing recommendations to avoid, minimize, and mitigate adverse effects of development projects on natural resources; applying the principles of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the Mitigation Rule, and other pertinent laws, statutes, policies, and authorities to development or restoration projects; serving as a technical advisor on biological natural resources issues for external stakeholders; delivering oral presentations on scientific or technical materials; and preparing written reports and correspondence of a scientific or technical nature.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that 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:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements.

All new employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.

A background security investigation MAY be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
To determine if you are among the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. For Delegated Examining/All U.S. citizens applicants: Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied b y placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). For Merit Promotion candidates, you will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category assignment/rating score is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Please follow the instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score/category assignment. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Technical Competence - Conservation Biology

Technical Knowledge - Conservation Laws and Regulations

Planning and Evaluating

Written Communication

Oral Communication

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA. ( http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ma/ro.html )

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp .

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