Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Laurel, MD

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This position is located in the Division of Migratory Bird Management, Branch of Harvest Surveys and is located in Laurel, Maryland. The Branch conducts 5 mail surveys (Migratory Bird harvest Surveys) and 4 parts Collection Surveys to monitor the sport of harvest of migratory birds in the United States. Survey results are used to support opening of migratory bird sport harvest seasons while fulfilling the trust responsibility of the federal government to ensure that harvest of migratory birds is commensurate with population status. Research investigations focus primarily on methods to improve response, design, operation, and quality of survey results; and develop techniques to identify species, age, and interpretation of harvest survey data.

Note: Travel is mandatory in this position. The employee is expected to participate in field activities up to 3 months each year, including identifying and counting migratory birds as an aerial observer or ground crew member, and capturing wild birds and marking them with leg bands. Field work may require walking over wet or uneven grounds, crawling, wading, climbing, driving trucks or trailers, and operating boats.

Travel Schedule:
  • Three to four weeks in August for bird banding in Canada
  • Three to four weeks in May for Aerial Survey’s in the north central United States or Canada. (i.e. flying in a plane)
  • Three weeks in February for wingbees throughout the United States
KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

A background investigation is required

Appointment MAY include a requirement for 1 year probationary period

DUTIES:
This person will be primarily responsible for:
1) Coordinating the national Parts Collections Surveys; serving as an expert in waterfowl wing identification; and running annual meetings of national experts to identify species, age, and sex of waterfowl from their wings.

2) Participating in migratory bird population surveys in Canada and the United States as an observer either from an airplane or on the ground and in the duck banding program in Canada.

3) Analysis and interpretation of harvest data from the Migratory Bird Harvest Surveys and the Parts Collection Surveys.

4) Quality control and management of large databases ( >10,000 records).

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

You must have successfully completed a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree in biological science that included 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. Photo copies of your official transcripts MUST be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration for this position. OR

You must have a c ombination 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. Photo copies of your official transcripts MUST be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration for this position.

MIMIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Wildlife Biologist GS 486-11

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have at least one year full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-09) in the Federal Government. You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Experience includes: p articipated in wildlife surveys to determine the population status or vital rates; led a team or project related to wildlife population monitoring; performed statistical analysis and survey design related to wildlife population monitoring; managed wildlife population data files through database software which could include (Access, Excel or other methods of file management). OR

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have 3 years of progressively higher education graduate level educations leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Photo copies of your official transcripts MUST be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration for this position.

Wildlife Biologist GS 486-09

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level (comparable to GS-07) in the Federal Government. You must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Experience includes: p articipated in wildlife surveys to determine the population status or vital rates; participated on a team or project related to wildlife population monitoring (e.g, capture and marking, population survey); e ntered and reviewed wildlife data files to ensure accuracy; assisted in statistical analysis and survey design related to wildlife population monitoring. OR

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree. Photo copies of your official transcripts MUST be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration for this position.

Education

Copies of official transcripts are required by all applicants for this position. If you do not submit them by the closing date of this announcement, you will not be considered. All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify (including current and former employees) must submit photo copies of your Official Transcripts which should include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are currently in or have previously held the series, you must submit the required documents with your application/resume to be considered for the position.

You can receive credit for education earned outside of the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying .

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. (see www.sss.gov )

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy.

Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.

Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

Knowledge of migratory bird monitoring programs, and ability to identify species, age, and sex of migratory birds.

Knowledge of the mathematics and statistical techniques used to design surveys, select appropriate samples, and analyze survey data.

Ability to organize, plan and coordinate projects related to wildlife population monitoring .

Ability to use standard and customized software for database management and analysis .

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category determination is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the well qualified category to be eliglble for ICTAP consideration for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required on the SF-15. LACK OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN THE AGENCY'S INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN STATUS FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

One or more positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement.

PLEDGE TO APPLICANTS

The Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service recognize that a Government's most important asset is its people. To attract talented people to the service of the Nation, we believe the application process should enable rather than deter job seekers. To that end, we will work to ensure a process that reflects these principles.
1) A user-friendly application process that is not unduly burdensome or time consuming.
2) Clear, understandable job announcements and instructions for applying.
3) Timely and informed responses to questions about the requirements and the process.
4) Prompt acknowledgement that their application has been received.
5) Regular updates on the status of their applications as significant decisions are reached.
6) A timely decision-making process.

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