Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Marion, IL

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The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The employee serves as a Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-11 (private lands), Region 3, National Wildlife Refuge System, Partners for Fish and Wildlife at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. This Wildlife Biologist is involved with all aspects of resource protection on private lands within the local area of responsibility. The work includes developing new or improved techniques or criteria for the conduct of habitat restoration projects on private lands.

TermThis is a full time term appointment position not to exceed 13 months, but may be extended up to 4 years.

Work is performed in office and outdoor settings. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work. The position requires frequent automobile travel to meet with landowners and partner representatives to inspect potential or on-going projects, field work and habitat conditions. The work requires some physical exertion such as walking in uneven or wet terrain, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
Selectee must complete background investigation
Position required valid state driver's license
Selectee must wear U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized DUTIES:

As a Wildlife Biologist, you will perform the following duties:

Provide technical assistance to state and other Federal agencies that administer Farm Bill and related agricultural programs.

Provide technical and habitat restoration assistance to local, state, and Federal cooperators in restoration and protection of habitats utilized by Federal Trust resources on privately owned lands and in watersheds of National Wildlife Refuge System lands.

Provide technical assistance to cooperators to restore and enhance habitats of importance to listed and threatened endangered species.

Develop, field test, and analyze methods to restore and enhance habitats on private lands for fish, wildlife and plant resources and prepare reports on habitat restoration techniques and accomplishments.

Conduct fisheries and wildlife resource studies, accumulating and consolidating biological data in reports or recommendations or habitat restoration techniques.

Prepare management plans to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat on project sites.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS

To meet the minimum requirements, you must have one of the following:

A. A bachelor's degree in biological sciences 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.

B. A combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences (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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must have one of the following:

A. At least one year of experience performing the work of a Wildlife Biologist that is equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service or comparable pay systems in the public or private sector. Examples of specialized experience must demonstrate that you have background in one or more of the following: analyzing and evaluating environmental conditions and ecological systems and the impact of proposed construction on fishery and wildlife resources; developing new or improved techniques or criteria for conduct of habitat restoration projects on private lands; providing technical advice relating to wildlife habitat management or conservation plans, wildlife species, threatened and endangered species.

B. At least three full years (54 semester hours) of graduate level education with major study in a field directly related to wildlife biology. (Submit a copy of your transcript with your application or resume).

C. An equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above. To compute, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required in "A" above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required in "B" above; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal to 100 percent to qualify under this option.

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

Requirements

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. 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. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. Applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF THE THEORIES, PRINCIPLES OF FISH AND WIDLIFE BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF PROJECTS ON PRIVATELY OWNED FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITATS.
  • ABILITY TO EXTEND EXISTING TECHNIQUES AND METHODLOGIES TO DEVELOP NEW APPROACHES FOR USE BY OTHER BIOLOGISTS,REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMERICIAL INDUSTRIAL FIRMS, FARMERS, LANDOWNERS, STATE AGENCIES AND OTHER INTEREST GROUPS.
  • ABILITY TO MANAGE COMPLEX RESOURCE ISSUES; MAKE DECISIONS AND RESOLV E CONFLICTS.
  • ABILITY TO WORK COOPERATIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH PUBLIC AGENCIES AND PRIVATE INTERESTS IN PROJECT EVALUATIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS.
  • ABILITY TO CONVEY COMPLEX TECHNICAL INFORMATION IN A CONCISE, UNDERSTANDABLE FORM IN BOTH WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION.
Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

BENEFITS:
These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference." For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .

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

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Well Qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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