Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Smelterville, ID

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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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0104-1495G-HDR . 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.

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 the Idaho Panhandle National Forests with a duty location in Smelterville, Idaho. The incumbent will report directly to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests' Ecosystem Staff Officer, Shanda Dekome, (208) 765-7238, email: sdekome@fs.fed.us .

The incumbent serves in an interagency "Service First" capacity with the Bureau of Land Management's Coeur d'Alene District Office, as a member of the Natural Resource Restoration Team (NRRT), which includes representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, the State of Idaho, and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

The focus areas of the work include a variety of restoration activities in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin resulting from one of the largest financial settlements for natural resource injury in U.S. history. Natural resource damage funds, as a result of the settlement agreements, will be used in part to plan and implement restoration actions at numerous sites in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.

Duties include coordination and oversight of general Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) activities on public lands in the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management's Coeur d'Alene District Office and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. This work will be done in association with the public, other federal and state agencies, local governments, and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The incumbent will also assist the NRRT in general with restoration planning, design, implementatin, oversight, and monitoring.

For specific information about the duties of this position, please contact Jeff Johnson, Interagency Restoration Coordinator, at (208) 769-5030 or jkjohnson@blm.gov . KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Serves as a technical resource on a broad range of activities which include coordinating and managing restoration implementation project strategies and policies.

Serves as a technical expert on interdisciplinary teams, integrating restoration into the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) clean-up design.

Conducts technical reviews of interdisciplinary team planning efforts, designs, contract preparation, project evaluation, implementation, oversight, and monitoring.

Reviews proposed projects for conceptual soundness, and technical feasibility through design and contracting activities.

Serves as a project manager and public works Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on large and complex restoration projects.

Designs complex restoration projects and prepares or assists with contract packages.

Serves in a cooperative capacity with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies, entities, or contractors conducting clean-up work in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin to provide technical assistance on all stages of work with a goal of maximizing potential for restorative efforts during and after these projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.

Bachelor's Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major described 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-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; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: participating in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; participating in the permit review process or identified regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; serving as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Examples of specialized experience are: serving as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations; providing advice and developed plans related to a wide range of natural resource management activities; planning and conducting evaluations of project or program operations; recommending new or modified work methods, organizational structures, management processes, or other procedures to resolve issues; analyzing and interpreting decisions and/or participated in budget development and management to support natural resource program objectives.

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 period or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on 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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=ea196810-86fb-4c5c-ba15-a1550112cff2

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.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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.

This position requires completion of a three-year probationary period in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

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