Wildlife Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Lytle Creek, CA

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

This position is located on San Bernardino National Forest, Front Country Ranger District, Lytle Creek, CA.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gabe Garcia at ggarcia01@fs.fed.us and 909-382-2850.

This position serves as a wildlife biologist with responsibility for planning, administering, and providing professional expertise in wildlife programs and provides expertise and assistance in wildlife management.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-05120053-8382G-GH. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a U. S. Citizen or National to apply
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES: Duties listed are at the full performance level.
  • Development and implementation of wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans. Prepares project work plans and coordinates project work.
  • Plans and executes administrative studies and surveys to obtain information on the effects of forest management on wildlife populations, and movements.
  • Monitors wildlife program activities for selected wildlife species to measure response to management activities, including annual surveys to determine the status of endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species.
  • Develops and implements wildlife interpretative programs and other means to promote the Fish and Wildlife programs to a diverse audience including the community, academia wildlife peers, and personnel on the unit.
  • Reviews and recommends plans for technical soundness. Prepares or reviews biological evaluations. Provides assistance in preparing and reviewing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
  • Provides Interdisciplinary Team leadership for completing environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and decision memos for a wide variety of natural resource management projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Bachelor's 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree (coursework directly related to the position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level; and/or a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in wildlife biology and performed common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; conducted surveys and drafted tentative professional opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and remedies; and/or assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support wildlife project recommendations.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; and/or a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input in the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of wildlife resources with other resources; analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of wildlife resources issues, e.g., interpreted the effect and impact of changes on wildlife habitat as a result of specific resource activities; and/or provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of functional wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data obtained from studies and field surveys.

Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following:

GS-9:
  • Compiled and analyzed data to determine wildlife habitat requirements and management needs; assessed habitat quality and quantity, interpreted biological requirements for all wildlife species and their habitat; inventoried and monitored habitat; determined the need for and recommended wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement or improvement projects; and studied and recommended solutions to special coordination problems involving wildlife habitat protection.
  • Prepared wildlife management input for the unit land management planning team. Developed biological evaluations for review by journey-level biologists.
  • Participated in wildlife monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings.
  • Gathered information to be used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources.
  • Developed plans for information and education activities in wildlife conservation .
GS11:
  • Developed and implemented wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans.
  • Prepared project work plans and coordinated project work.
  • Planned and executed administrative studies and surveys to obtain information on wildlife populations, and movements.
  • Monitored wildlife program activities to measure response to management activities, including annual surveys to determine the status of endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species.
  • Assisted other unit personnel to determine current progress in meeting planned programs and objectives.
  • Reviewed and recommended plans for technical soundness. Assisted in preparing and reviewing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. Provided Interdisciplinary Team leadership for completing environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, and decision memos for a wide variety of natural resource management projects.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=cc1f5fa8-5c1a-4551-bab4-a211018b38f0

BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Housing not available.
  • Childcare not available.

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