Public Affairs Specialist
Department Of The Interior - Boise, ID

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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance the nation's fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of people.

The Public Affairs Specialist is responsible for organizing, planning, and conducting public information activities for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office (IFWO). The IFWO works with others to achieve the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) mission, conserving fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats throughout all IFWO jurisdictional areas.

This position supports the IFWO External Affairs Program and other IFWO programs by planning, developing, and communicating FWS programs, policies, and activities to the public.

For more information about the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/idaho/ .

This position is term not to exceed 13 months, but may be extended up to a total appointment of four years without further competition.

This position is also being announced at the GS-09/11 grade levels. If you wish to be considered at the higher grades, you must apply directly to announcement FS-758093-AK13.

Full Performance Level is GS-11

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship is required.

Successful completion of a background check is required.

DUTIES:
At the GS-07 grade level, you will assist with the following types of duties under close supervision. Major duties at the full performance GS-11 grade level include, but are not limited to:

• Respond to requests for information and disseminate accurate and timely information to the public about the FWS and its mission, programs, and policies.
• Plan and execute information campaigns to the public and news media, including federal/state and local agencies, elected officials, Tribes, special interest groups, private citizens, and academic institutions, and identify target audience needs and communication techniques.
• Develop written, oral, and electronic materials to transmit information about the FWS and its programs, projects, policies, and mission to the general public and/or specialized target audiences, and use electronic methods to share and gather information.
• Write press releases, outreach plans, technical documents, articles, web content, social media posts, and other correspondence for the public.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position at the GS-07 level, you must meet at least one of the following requirements (Please note: you must submit your transcripts if you are using education to qualify):

A. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree and meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate coursework or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 3) ranking in the upper one-third of your college, university, or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR

B. Successful completion of one full year (18 semester hours or equivalent) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include journalism, advertising, creative writing, radio and television, speech, public speaking, group dynamics, interviewing techniques, or questionnaire design. OR

C. Have completed at least one year of full-time specialized experience or the equivalent, comparable to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector), performing at least two of the following duties: 1) performing communication outreach for a public affairs program; 2) utilizing social media websites to disseminate information for an organization; 3) giving oral presentations; 4) evaluating and determining public reaction/opinion to information releases; 5) planning or coordinating communications campaigns; or 6) preparing news releases for distribution. OR

D. A combination of education and experience described in “B” and “C” above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the 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://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

VETERANS PREFERENCE: A veteran is a person who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; served on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran are also granted preference. See OPM’s website at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your 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. The categories are defined as follows:

Best Qualified - Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.

Well Qualified - Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.

Qualified - Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are 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. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
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 (must show character of service/discharge) 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 additional proof required by that form. For CP/CPS claims - VA decision letter or other document which shows final/combined percentage of the service connected disability. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/veterans

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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