The employee in this position serves as a full-time, Term Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Utah Ecological Services Field Office, located in West Valley City, Utah. The employee is responsible for a variety of assignments within the Utah Ecological Services Field Office's Conservation Planning Assistance program, including greater sage-grouse. The employee represents the Service in carrying out agency responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald Eagle Protection Act, and numerous other Federal laws, regulations, executive orders and policies.
This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.
This position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 levels
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position. KEY REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizenship required
A background investigation may be required
Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required DUTIES:
Plans, evaluates, conducts, and/or prepares reports on ecological investigations or complex land and water resource development projects and proposals to determine their effect on fish and wildlife resources and associated habitats.
Evaluates biological data and Federal program or project operational data to determine effects of those programs or actions on threatened, endangered, and sensitive species through formal and informal consultation procedures, and NEPA reviews.
Performs and completes ESA activities, as assigned, including listing actions, Section 7 consultations, and candidate conservation activities, with an emphasis on terrestrial species.
Recommends methods to eliminate, minimize, and mitigate impacts to listed species, as well as alternatives that will avoid jeopardizing the continued existence of a species or avoid destroying or adversely modifying critical habitat.
Represents the Fish and Wildlife Service to other Federal agencies, State agencies, groups, and individuals as a professional biologist. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .
In addition to meeting the "Specialized Experience Requirements" listed below, applicants must meet the education requirements as described under "Basic Education 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 for this position is b iological work participating in the analysis of and mitigation of ecological impacts associated with land and water resource development projects and their impact on fish or wildlife. This includes applying the provisions of various federal and state laws designed to protect and conserve natural resources such as the Endangered Species Act, 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 or 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 for this position is biological work participating in the analysis of and mitigation of ecological impacts associated with land and water resource development projects and their impact on fish and wildlife; collaboratively developing practices to conserve federally listed and/or other at-risk species such as State species of great conservation need; implementing the Endangered Species Act, specifically section 7; and implementing other laws 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.
NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-09: Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited college or university leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree directly related to the position being filled.
GS-11: Successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited college or university leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the position being filled.
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.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
This position requires completion of a specific course of study as reflected below. ALL APPLICANTS, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) 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, applicants must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.
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. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education from an accredited college or university and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
Ability to implement the Endangered Species Act
Knowledge of laws, regulations and policies for the protection of fish and wildlife.
Ability to conduct biological surveys/investigations
Ability to communicate in writing
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to work collaboratively with outside organizations Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified
2. Well Qualified
3. Better Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's 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% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade 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://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits OTHER INFORMATION:
Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 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 employee's satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.