Supervisory Biologist or Physical Scientist, GS-0401/1301-15 (DEU BAR)
Geological Survey - La Crosse, WI

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About the Agency

  • Are you a scientific professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for Biology, Ecology or the Physical Sciences? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements:
Open to current or former Federal employees: ATL-2014-0630 TRAVEL REQUIRED
Occasional Travel
1-10 Nights per month RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
Relocation expenses has been authorized in filling this position. KEY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. DUTIES: Back to top
The mission of the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) is to produce, integrate, and transfer scientific information, with emphasis on fish and wildlife, for ecosystem-level management of natural resources. The Center has a multidisciplinary staff with specialists in invertebrate and fish ecology, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, animal physiology, analytical chemistry, zoology, ecotoxicology of environmental contaminants, pharmacology, statistics, geographic information systems, computer science, and information transfer. Research involves a number of approaches, including manipulative experiments, descriptive studies, long-term resource monitoring, modeling, and status and trends analyses. Experimental work is conducted at several spatial scales, including whole ecosystems, field enclosures, experimental ponds, laboratory microcosms, and organismal and cellular levels.

As a Center Director (Supervisory Biologist or Physical Scientist) within the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, some of your specific duties will include:

The management of a broad, multi-disciplinary program of biological research, inventory and monitoring, and information management.
Planning, coordination and implementation of natural resource partnerships with States, academic institutions, private groups and other Federal agencies.
Supervising Center staff and providing leadership and guidance to senior scientists, field station leaders, administrative officers, and project leaders.
Planning, staffing, budgeting for, and coordinating the Center’s programs.
Advising on national and regional issues pertinent to biological research, inventory and monitoring and information management. Serves as a principal spokesperson in matters of ecological significance and in particular matters relating to research, monitoring, assessments, and information sharing, and related national and international issues.
Certifying the overall scientific merit of the Center’s programs and oversees consistent application of Department and Bureau policy regarding safety, fair employment, equal opportunity and training The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: .
For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:
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In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equal to the next lower grade level.

Examples of GS-14 level work may include: 1) Developing and coordinating major interdisciplinary projects that may impact regional biological or phyical scientific objectives; 2) developing or directly influencing the scientific, administrative and technical policies, standards, procedures, and instructions necessary for the effective direction and operation of a multi-discipline scientific program; 3) resolving critical problems resulting from the unprecedented complexities of a multi-discipline scientific study; 4) serving as the principal contact with other Federal agencies, state and local government organizations, and other groups that may affect the success of a major interdisciplinary scientific program. The work involved advising or counseling other recognized senior technical experts.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

This position requires completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Scientific Knowledge; Program/Project Management; Leadership and Supervision; Information Management; Teamwork; Written Communication; and Technical Reports.

Basis of rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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BENEFITS: Back to top

You can review our benefits at: Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here .

OTHER INFORMATION: Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
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The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize the loss of life and...