Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Vero Beach, FL

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Payment of relocation expenses are authorized.

This position is located with the South Florida Ecological Services Field Office in Vero Beach, Florida.

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and is open to status candidates. To be considered under merit promotion procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R4-13-839078-NM-MP .

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Background Investigation Required DUTIES:
The incumbent serves as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Senior Panther Biologist) for the Endangered Species Program.
Function as staff specialist for all activities relating to the recovery, conservation, and management of the Florida panther throughout the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeastern Region.
Representing the field station as the technical authority and as a trouble shooter / advisor to other staff members; other state, local, and Federal agencies; and private groups.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .

Basic Requirements for the 0401 Occupational Series:
A. Degree : 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.

Minimum specialized experience qualifications:
GS-12 grade level:
Specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, at a minimum: conduct studies or monitoring (e.g., capture, tagging, radio telemetry, population assessment and monitoring) on large terrestrial mammalian predators (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears); and providing technical guidance and advice on large terrestrial mammalian predator (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears) issues or projects.

GS-13 grade level:
Specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, at a minimum: leading studies or monitoring (e.g., capture, tagging, radio telemetry, population assessment and monitoring) of large terrestrial mammalian predators (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears); providing technical guidance and advice on complex large terrestrial mammalian predator (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears) issues or projects; leading others involved in large terrestrial mammalian predator (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears) conservation issues or projects; and developing projects or assignments related to large terrestrial mammalian predator (e.g., pumas, wolves, grizzly bears) projects.

Transcripts : You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.

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.

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.

Payment of relocation expenses are authorized.

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed). HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. 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 all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of fish and or wildlife science disciplines.

2. Ability to communicate complex scientific issues in writing and orally.

3. Ability to integrate multi-disciplinary issues that cut across various fish and wildlife programs.

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp 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. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

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

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