Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Albany, NY

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-13/14

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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Please note: This announcement is open in three locations, however, only one selection is anticipated . The selectee will have their choice of working in any one of the three locations listed above. Salaries may vary by location as some locations are entitled to locality pay. Please see the following website for pay tables: http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/index.asp

This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens and merit promotion eligibles. You are eligible for merit promotion if you are in one of the following categories: 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 Required

A valid state driver's license is required.

PCS (moving expenses) may be authorized.

Telework and a flexible work schedule is available.

DUTIES:
As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the Division of Ecological Services, you will manage the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration case activities. Major duties include:

Providing leadership in interagency and intradepartmental coordination of natural resource damage assessments;

Leading the development of restoration plans;

Providing litigation support;

Managing the quality assurance and quality control of products produced by the multidisciplinary team; and

Keeping the Assistant Regional Director and Authorizing Officials apprised of case technical issues and recommendations on policy-related matters

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic requirement:

A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. - OR -

B. Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-13 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, assisting with the planning and leading the implementation of studies or surveys to determine the impact of environmental contaminants on resources; reviewing policies and programs to ensure their compliance with the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and/or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); assisting with the development of plans and cost estimates for the restoration, rehabilitation, recovery, or acquisition of equivalent natural resources; and coordinating the completion of work with team members from other organizations or disciplines.

In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-14 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, leading the planning and implementation of studies or surveys to determine the impact of environmental contaminants on resources; reviewing policies and programs to ensure their compliance with the Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and/or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); developing plans and cost estimates for the restoration, rehabilitation, recovery, or acquisition of equivalent natural resources; and advising or serving in a project lead capacity for multi-disciplinary or multi-organizational teams.

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 (52 weeks at the next lower grade level.)

Moving Expenses are authorized including contractor-provided home sale.

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 those applying under DEU (all U.S. citizens) procedures: 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). The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. For those applying under merit promotion procedures: The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow the instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your category assignment. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Technical Knowledge - Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Project Management

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 .

5. In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority . To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package.

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