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Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified U.S. Citizens
Wheeler NWR, located along the Tennessee River between Huntsville and Decatur , was established in 1938 to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds. Considered the easternmost Refuge in the Mississippi flyway, this 35,000 acre Refuge serves as winter habitat for the State's largest duck population. In addition to migratory birds, the Refuge hosts 115 species of fish, 74 species of reptiles and amphibians, 47 species of mammals, and 300 different species of birds. The Refuge is also home to 10 federally listed endangered or threatened species.
U.S. Citizenship Required
Security Clearance/Background Investigation Required
Assists in the planning and implementation of wildlife censuses and surveys and recommends wildlife management practices; assists in planning multifaceted wildlife studies by contributing ideas, determining research methods, establishing practical procedures for accomplishing and reporting work. Monitors and assists in control of wildlife, plant disease outbreaks, pest plant control, mowing/seeding activities and vegetation removal; captures, applies visual and radio tags, and gathers physiological and spatial data on wildlife; monitors elements of the physical environment, such as temperature, precipitation, stream flow, snow depth, wind speed, and humidity. Develops databases and analyzes data using standard statistical methods and procedures in preparation of wildlife reports. Enters and retrieves data from Geographic Information System (GIS) and/or other information management systems. Develops graphs, charts and illustrations for reports and technical publications using computer software, such as Microsoft Office Powerpoint and Access; attends meetings with landowners, sports groups and local units of government. Operates farm tractors, light trucks, vehicles, small water craft and various farm tractors, light trucks, vehicles, small water craft and various other equipment such as generators, radios, radio tracking equipment, water monitoring equipment, global positioning systems and cameras.
The Qualifications Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions will be used to determine qualification requirements. You must meet qualification and time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GS-7 LEVEL:
A. Possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-6 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: assisting professional biologists in completing all phases of a wildlife biological study or project of significant scope and duration including: project planning, logistical arrangements, field work, summarization and analysis of data, and completion of reports or other documents related to the project. Experience in monitoring and assisting in control of wildlife, plant disease outbreaks, pest plant control, mowing/seeding activities and vegetation removal.
B. Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate education study directly related to the work of a Biological Science Technician such as biology, animal husbandry, botany, entomology, and agriculture.
C. Combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described above. Experience and education should be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal 100% when combined.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
2. Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.
3. This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.
4. Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized
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:
1. Knowledge of laws and regulations and policies pertaining to the protection of wildlife and their habitat, and habitat restoration.
2. Skill in utilizing technology to gather, maintain, and retrieve information for technical reports.
3. Ability to gather and analyze data.
4. Ability to operate motor vehicles and other equipment.
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 numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score 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 score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
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.
Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp
Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp
Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp
Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/
Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp
This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp
Full performance level of this position is 07. If selection is made below the full performance level, incumbent may be subsequently promoted to the full performance level without further competition after all legal and regulatory requirements are met; i.e., satisfactory performance and time-in-grade; however, promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
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