Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Naples, FL

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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

This position is located within the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Naples, FL.

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and is open to status candidates. To be considered under merit promotion procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R4-13-827048-NM-MP.

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:
Designs and analyzes plans, and implements biological programs involving natural resources.
Responsible for all prey management and research on Refuge.
Develops biological study proposals, survey designs, and scopes-of-work and conducts complex biological field investigations.
Develops recommendations for plant and animal control activities and assists with implementation.
Reviews scientific proposals and reports of proposed research to be conducted.
Prepares technical reports and presentations.

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 Qualifications for the GS-0486 Occupational Series:
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

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.

Minimum Qualifications for the GS-11 grade level:
A. Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level 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. Examples of specialized experience includes: conducting biological science studies, operations, or other work with endangered species management, ecosystem management, migratory bird management and/or interpretation of refuge biological values.

OR

B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology or a directly related field.

OR
C. An equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year leading to Master's degree in wildlife management or wildlife biology which together equals 100% of the requirements.

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

The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

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 and be at least 18 years of age. A valid state driver's license is required. You must possess or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license prior to appointment.

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

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):

1. Knowledge of wildlife management principles, methods, and techniques sufficient to manage the full range of refuge inventory and monitoring programs.

2. Ability to plan, develop and implement a comprehensive wildlife management plan.

3. Knowledge and experience in wildlife monitoring, and ability to operate computer hardware and sofware (GIS/GPS) image processing software, digital imaging systems to display data, produce maps and conduct spatial analyses.

4. Skill in oral communication.

5. Skill in written communication.

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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