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

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS-0401-05/07/09

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 for a term position not to exceed one year and one day. The announcement may be extended up to three additional years without further advertisement.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • Selectee must wear the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
  • Frequent travel is required.
  • Moving expenses (PCS) are not authorized.

DUTIES: As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist in the New York Field Office, you will be responsible for:
  • Planning and conducting scientific investigations related to the effects of land and water development projects on fish, wildlife, and their habitats;
  • Gathering, organizing, and interpreting biological and ecological data;
  • Analyzing data to develop recommendations and draft technical reports;
  • Conducting surveys and developing maps of habitat quality and species present;
  • Compiling spatial data into geographic information systems (GIS) to generate maps and conduct spatial analyses; and
  • Responding to questions from and delivering presentations to the general public on ecological and biological topics.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. - OR -

B. 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.

In addition, applicants for the GS-07 level must possess one of the following:

A. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service, collecting data from field investigations of land and water development projects designed to determine the impact of the projects on fish and wildlife resources; surveying, staking, and mapping lands for restoration; assisting higher graded biologists with report and management plan preparation; conducting analyses of scientific data using established techniques; and responding to recurring or factual questions from the public about ecological or conservation issues. - OR -

B. Possess a Bachelor’s degree AND meet one of the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement which are as follows: 1. Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 2. Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. - OR - 4. Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPA's are to rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. - OR -

C. Possess one year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field. - OR -

D. Possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement.

In addition, applicants for the GS-09 level must possess one of the following:

A. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, implementing management plans and studies to determine the impact of land and water development projects on fish and wildlife; conducting wetland delineations using established techniques; assisting with the planning of comprehensive wildlife management plans; drafting reports summarizing the findings of scientific studies or surveys; and maintaining cooperative working relationships with external stakeholders (e.g. landowners, conservation groups, government agencies, general public, etc.) - OR -

B. A Master’s or higher degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field. - OR -

C. A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)

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.

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. 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. 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 Competence - Conservation Biology
  • 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 veterans’ 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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