Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Fort Polk, LA

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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

This position is assigned to the Louisiana Ecological Services Offices located in Lafayette, LA; however, the incumbent will be stationed at the Fort Polk Military Reservation in Fort Polk, LA.

This is a permanent, full-time TERM position not to exceed 13 months but may be extended up to a maximum of 4 years at management's discretion without further recruitment.

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:
  • Conducts studies on, and participates in, biological projects including surveys.
  • Designs and conducts surveys for endangered, threatened, candidate, and other wildlife species.
  • Analyzes aerial photography, satellite imagery, and maps to monitor and map type and extent of preferred or available wildlife habitat.
  • Prepares and assists with wildlife management plans, comprehensive reports, and memoranda.
  • Provides technical information and recommendations to staff, management and other agencies.
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 this position:
A. Degree: biological science that included: At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Specialized experience at the GS-7 grade level:
A . One year of wildlife biology experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service such as planning or implementing biological investigations; collecting scientific data through application of known methods, procedures, techniques, standards, principles and theories. OR

B. One year of graduate level education. OR

C . A bachelor's degree that meets Superior Academic Achievement by any one of the following three criteria: (1) Class standing - applicants must be in the upper third of the graduation class in the college, university, or major subdivision; (2) Grade-point average - applicants must have grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society - applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies.

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

This is a TERM position. At management's descretion, this appointment may be extended up to the 4-year limit. This TERM position provides eligibility for the employee to earn leave and to receive Federal retirement coverage, health insurance and life insurance. HOWEVER, TERM APPOINTMENTS DO NOT CONFER COMPETITIVE STATUS AND DO NOT LEAD TO PERMANENT APPOINTMENTS.

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-critical sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a limited background investigation prior to appointment.

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

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):

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of wildlife biology and related disciplines in order to develop and conduct wildlife management.
  • Ability to design and conduct surveys and studies for wildlife, fish and plants.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photography, satellite imagery, and maps.
  • Knowledge of wildlife management practices, in particular habitat enhancement and/or restoration programs for a wide variety of wildlife and plants.
  • Skill in oral and written communication in order to write reports of varying complexity and to effectively meet and negotiate with others.
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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