The employee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-09, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located in Lewistown, Montana.
DUAL CONSIDERATION: This position is also being advertised for status candidates under vacancy announcement R6-13-795156-M. Please see that vacancy announcement for specific details regarding how to apply if you are a status candidate. Status candidates are current or former Federal employees and people eligible under special hiring authorities.
Valid state driver's license required
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will be authorized in accordance with appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.
U.S. citizenship required
A background investigation may be required
Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required
Develops plans to study and monitor wildlife populations and wildlife habitat. Recommends and assists with implementation of specific management practices that affect wildlife habitat and wildlife populations.
Develops recommendations for plant and animal control activities. Assists with their implementation and, through monitoring and evaluation, determines effectiveness and needs to adjust recommendations.
Carries out all aspects of a wildlife survey and conducts short-term studies that require field data collection, data analysis and draft report preparation.
Prepares technical reports and presentations on the station's biological programs. Serves as technical liaison and coordinator with other Federal, State, and local organizations.
Coordinates and implements computerized applications for the inventory and analysis of biological information at the station.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The work also requires both office and outdoor work. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work.
Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .
In addition to meeting the "Specialized Experience Requirements" listed below, applicants must meet the education requirements as described under "Basic Education Requirements."
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-09: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07 grade level is qualifying for GS-09) 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. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is conducting wildlife studies and written reporting of results; conducting population surveys of native and/or endangered species; performing common GIS and spatial data processing; implementing field data collection and performing statistical and/or qualitative analyses; and compiling, analyzing, and summarizing data for biological reports.
NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-09: Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited college or university leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree directly related to the position being filled.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-09 grade level, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
This position requires completion of a specific course of study as reflected below. ALL APPLICANTS, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) to document that they meet these educational requirements. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. (Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.) If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, applicants must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.
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. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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; and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
B. Combination of education from an accredited college or university and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education 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; and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
Knowledge of wildlife and other natural resources conservation management principles and procedures.
Ability to analyze and interpret biological data and apply those findings to wildlife management.
Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.
The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).