Wildlife Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Fairbanks, AK

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The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM .

This position is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska .

This is also being announced under BLMAK-13-834962-MA, open to status candidates.

This position serves as a Wildlife Biologist in the BLM Fairbanks District Office, Central Yukon Field Office. Conducts inventories, develops habitat management plans, and participates in land use planning and environmental analysis. Requires a working knowledge of public land laws and subsistance regulations and a basic knowledge and understanding of related natural resource fields.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is Required
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. DUTIES:
As a Wildlife Biologist, you will:
  • As part of an interdisciplinary team, assist in scoping, writing, and review of Environmental Analysis and Impact Statements prepared by CYFO staff.
  • Provide wildlife expertise for realty actions, special recreation permits, surface protection and reclamation of mining operations, use permits, material sales, material site right-of-way, oil and gas and other mineral leases and explorations, and on any other action needing wildlife input. Assist in preparation of stipulations to protect and enhance resource values.
  • Represent the Central Yukon Field Office, as directed, at professional meetings and on various committees when wildlife matters or related subjects are included.
  • Assist in collection, interpretation, and reporting of wildlife use data for input into the subsistence program. Reviews regulations and makes recommendations regarding subsistence uses.
  • Use various computer software programs to analyze data and prepare reports and correspondence.
For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Tim Hammond at (907) 474-2210.

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At lower grade levels, assignments will be more limited in scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show the periods you worked.)

Basic Education Requirement:
A Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 1) 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 2) 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 3) at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. OR

A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science, which includes the required semester hours in subjects as described above. Please note: You must provide copies of your transcripts.

Additional Qualification Requirements:
GS-07: O ne year of professional specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include providing input specific to wildlife management into resource management documents. Experience conducting field inventories in conformance with accepted scientific standards and practices. Working knowledge of scientific and technical writing techniques and standards with experience w riting scientific papers and reports as part of an undergraduate curriculum; explaining biological concepts to colleagues in the terrestrial and avian fields of expertise; and e xperience u sing office automation software (word processing and spreadsheets, GIS, databases). OR

One year of graduate-level education in wildlife biology or a directly related field. OR

Have graduated with a bachelor's degree which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work AND I have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) during my undergraduate studies. I meet the SAA by one of the following three methods: (1) class standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university or major subdivision; (2) grade point average - 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on my official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B " or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision). Submit a copy of your transcript and proof of GPA computation, Class standing, or Honor Society membership. OR

P ossess an equivalent combination of the type and level of specialized experience and graduate education described above, which together equal 100% of the requirements.

GS-09: O ne year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include analyzing proposed actions to assess the potential impacts to wildlife populations and habitats, and proposing mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate impacts; planning and coordinating logistics for field inventories; w riting briefing papers, environmental assessments, and technical reports; explaining biological concepts to the public and to colleagues in other fields of expertise. Also e xperience u sing office automation software (word processing and spreadsheets), database software, and GIS software to analyze data and prepare reports. OR

Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have a master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major study in wildlife biology. OR

Have a combination of education and grauate experience as described above, which together equal 100% of the requirements. Note, only graduate level education in excess of one year may be combined with experience.

GS-11: One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes advising management on biological decisions and coordinating with other agencies to address a variety of complex wildlife issues; designing and conducting wildlife population and habitat inventories, often in conjunction with multiple agencies and cooperators; compiling and utilizing diverse data from various sources to assess and monitor population and habitat conditions; participating in the application of NEPA to land management decisions. Additional experience includes p reparing and delivering briefings, technical reports, and presentations for supervisors, managers, peers, and the public; p articipating in subsistence use regulation and management pursuant to ANILCA; and experience advising management on wildlife and subsistence issues within the context of multiple use land management pursuant to FLPMA, ANCSA, and the Alaska Statehood Act. OR

Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with a major study in wildlife biology. OR

Have completed a combination of graduate education as described and experience as described in “A” and “B” above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify. Note, only graduate level education in excess of the first two years may be combined with experience.

The full performance level of this position is GS-11. If selection is being 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Ability to interpret and apply regulations and policies related to wildlife management in a multiple use land and natural resource management context.
  • Knowledge of biological concepts specific to terrestrial and avian wildlife and ecosystems and ability to translate them into applied contexts.
  • Skill in effective communication to build and maintain relationships with local governments, State and Federal agencies, Native organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to design, coordinate, and execute research, field inventories, and monitoring studies on wildlife resources, often involving complex logistics in remote field locations.
  • Knowledge and use of word processing, spread sheet, database, GIS, and data analysis software.
BENEFITS:
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits . OTHER INFORMATION:

Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition .

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and /or Recruitment Incentives.

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