Wildlife Biologist (Grants) - DEU
Department Of The Interior - Portland, OR

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NOTE : This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to all federal status applicants. See vacancy R1-12-690450-DG for more information.

This position is located within the Division of Federal Aid, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration located in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent manages and directs the Wildlife Branch of the Division of Federal Aid and serves as the principal coordinator of the regional grants programs and development projects authorized under grants-in-aid provisions of the various applicable acts.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship and Critical Sensitive Background Investigation

Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)

May require an Initial Probationary Period

Valid driver's license

DUTIES:
The incumbent will be working as a Wildlife Biologist (Grants) in the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, located in Portland, Oregon.

Major duties include:
Formulating and recommending decisions on regional fish and wildlife conservation goals and objectives, budget priorities, funding levels, or organizational staffing patterns.

Coordinating and facilitating with state grantee agencies the development and submission of wildlife management grants.

Analyzing grant proposals to determine eligibility issues, compliance, biological soundness, economical design, and cost effectiveness.

Providing leadership, planning, and supervision for an agency that may include developing annual budgets and work plans, facilitating group processes, and providing direct supervision of staff involved in grant programs.

Coordinating activities with other agencies, departments, or groups to identify problems and implement restorative actions.

Reviewing current literature and maintain peer contacts to keep informed on new techniques, procedures, and management strategies for use in program facilitation and coordination.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.

NOTE : All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.

If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
A. Have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work:
  • 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in wildlife subjects such as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology;
  • 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) in zoology in subjects such as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects
  • 9 semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) in botany or the related plant sciences.
OR

B. Have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. This combination includes 1) 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects as described in "A" above; AND 2) 12 semester hours in zoology subjects as described in "A" above; AND 3) 9 semester hours in botany as described in "A" above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE 13
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level of Federal service that included experience in at least four (4) of the following duties: 1) developing, coordinating and implementing wildlife management plans and protection guidelines; 2) reviewing wildlife habitat projects for compliance with environmental regulations; 3) assessing the effectiveness of programs in meeting wildlife management conservation goals; 4) managing a grant program and tracking funding levels; 5) providing leadership and technical expertise and assistance to others on the operation and management of wildlife populations; 6) developing useful partnerships with groups when restoration or investigation interests coincide; and 7) communicating effectively orally and in writing issues on wildlife management or natural resources conservation and protection.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Supervisory training required.

Disclosure of Financial Interests (OGE Form 450)

Direct deposit of salary payment.

Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required as listed below:

The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES, AND PRACTICES OF WILDLIFE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.

KNOWLEDGE OF GRANT DEVELOPMENT, REVIEW, AND EVALUATION.

ABILITY TO PROVIDE GRANTS PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY TO DIVERSE GROUPS.

SKILL IN WRITTEN COMMUNICATION.

We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified : Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified : Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified : Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
NOTE: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of VeteransÂ’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteransÂ’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

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