Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Pierre, SD

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The employee serves as a specialist for the interagency Missouri River Monitoring Program and other research studies and monitoring efforts in South Dakota, Nebraska and/or Kansas. Much of the work is related to restoration of native, threatened, and endangered species and their habitats or preventing the spread of invasive species. The employee will lead and/or assist with field collections and processing samples of fishes and other aquatic data, summarize and analyze data for presentation in reports, and communicate monitoring or research results to management teams and other professionals in oral presentations, posters, and/or scientific publications.

This is a full time Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.

OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Promotion potential: YES (only if hired at the GS-09 level)
  • Travel Required: YES
  • Pre-appointment background investigation: YES
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizenship required

A background investigation may be required

May be required to complete a one-year probationary period

DUTIES:
Leads and assists with field collection of fishes, macroinvertebrates, and plankton as well as other ecological data from rivers, streams, and lakes using various gear (e.g. nets, trawls, electrofishing, etc.), global positioning systems (GIS), telemetry equipment, and portable meters (e.g. temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc.).

Develops, schedules, plans, and evaluates techniques; interprets complex biological and ecological interactions and observations, interprets trends, conducts statistical analyses, and makes management recommendations based on sound conclusions.

Processes and sorts collected samples in a laboratory, including identification of larval fishes and macroinvertebrate species using dichotomous keys.

Reviews rules, regulations, legislations, and statues pertaining to fish and wildlife resources; recommends appropriate procedures for implementing provisions of these mandates and establishes key contacts with other agencies.

Independently plans, investigates, and write reports concerning fishery and wildlife resources; collects and analyzes data from field investigations, published technical sources, and direct observations.

Participates in and leads professional organizations to coordinate with partners and deliver presentations based on investigations.

Prepares budget packages and work plans for technical assistance and field activities.

Compiles spatial data into geographic information systems (GIS) to generate maps and conduct spatial analyses.

Participates in education and outreach activities to enhance public knowledge of the USFWS mission and functions.

The work is frequently performed outdoors, often in inclement weather. The work requires physical ability for long hours of strenuous work and heavy lifting. The position requires the operation of motorized vehicles and water craft, setting nets, as well as physical exertion such as walking or wading over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces. Considerable time is spent traveling.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualification requirements may be viewed on the OPM qualifications website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .

Your application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position. You must meet ALL qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

In addition to meeting the "Specialized Experience" requirements listed below, applicants must meet the education requirements as described under "Basic Requirements".

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-09: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07 grade level is qualifying for GS-09) 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. Qualifying specialized experience is defined by work as a professional biologist participating in field or laboratory ecological investigations of aquatic resources, fisheries and their habitats; assisting in the development of practices to conserve federally listed and/or other at-risk species such as State species of greatest conservation need; assisting with implementing the Endangered Species Act; and assisting with implementation of other laws and policies such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act for the protection and conservation of fish and wildlife.

GS-11: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09 grade level is qualifying for GS-11) 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. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as experience developing and conducting field or laboratory ecological investigations of aquatic resources, fisheries and their habitats; developing and recommending practices to conserve federally listed and/or other at-risk species such as State species of greatest conservation need; implementing the Endangered Species Act; and implementing other laws and policies such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act for the protection and conservation of fish and wildlife.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-09: Successful completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education at an accredited college or university leading to a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to this position.

GS-11: Successful completion of 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education at an accredited college or university leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field directly related to this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-09 and GS-11 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

This position requires completion of a specific course of study as reflected below. ALL CANDIDATES, including those who currently or have previously occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts to document that they meet these educational requirements. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. (Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.) If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, candidates must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
A. Successful completion of a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience - - Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

NOTE: It is the candidates responsibility to show how he/she has satisfied all educational and coursework requirements . Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and methodologies of fish and wildlife and ecology

Ability to conduct biological surveys/investigations

Ability to communicate orally

Ability to communicate in writing

Ability to work collaboratively with outside organizations

Please ensure that your responses to the questionnaire are FULLY supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your eligibility.

Failure to provide sufficient information to FULLY support your responses may affect the category in which you are placed when being considered for this position.

If a determination is made that you inflated your responses to the questionnaire, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may lose consideration for this position. Errors or omissions may affect your category rating.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total quality experience and/or education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements (including all selective placement factors) you will be placed in one of the following categories.

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
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 .

VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you should submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you should 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.usajobs.gov/veteranscenter

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

If a selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the incumbent's satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.

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