Wildlife Biologist GS-486-9/11/12
Department Of Agriculture - Greeley, CO

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Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!! Visit our web site ( http://www.nrcs.usda.gov ) to learn more.
NRCS is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation. The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations. Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands!

This is a Public vacancy announcement and is open to all United States Citizens. One position will be filled through this announcement. The position will be located in either Greeley or Brighton, CO.

The incumbent serves as a wildlife biologist specialist in carrying out conservation programs on the Front Range of Colorado. Specifically, they will provide technical leadership and innovation on fish and wildlife habitat conservation program(s). The position is on the Area Staff.

Relocation assistance will not be paid. KEY REQUIREMENTS

US Citizen
Background Investigation
Positive Education required with specialized experience
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service

Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License DUTIES:
The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with the following cooperating agencies: Parks and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NRCS, to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provision of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Activities will include outreach, habitat planning, contract coordination, conservation plan development and modification, site assessment and reporting. Other duties include:

Provides technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and public organizations. Meets regularly with cooperating agency staff members to coordinate technical assistance efforts.

Implements specific conservation programs to improve wildlife habitat. Coordinates activities and projects as assigned by supervisor relevant to Farm Bill wildlife conservation initiatives. Keeps accurate records and prepares special reports as required or requested.

Keeps the cooperating agency staff members informed of the potential for new program and technology development opportunities. Ensures that programs are carried out within the framework of national and state policies, procedures, and technical guidance.

Assists district conservationists with planning and application activities related to biology, recreation, wildlife, and wetland conservation. Based on species, determines practices necessary to encourage habitat development, restoration and management.

Maintains a working relationship with the State Biologist, other federal and state representatives, and other agencies and groups having interests related to wildlife, recreation and wetland conservation in Colorado

In conjunction with cooperating agency staff members, coordinates with other agencies and groups on priority projects that could improve endangered species and sensitive species habitat, promote private land protection, and preserve wildlife corridors.

Participates fully in an information program designed to keep the public informed of the need for progress in wildlife habitat planning and assistance to landowners. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To be eligible for this position you must meet the specialized experience and the basic educational qualifications outlined below:

Specialized Experience:
To qualify for the GS-09 : One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for GS-7 include: Evaluating habitats to identify resource concerns; develop strategies to remediate identified conditions; ensure that practices are in line with Federal, Agency, State and local policies.

To qualify for the GS-11 : One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience for GS-11 include: working in a habitat evaluation program with responsibilities for assessing resource issues, developing strategies to overcome resource problems related to species production, habitat restoration, construction, and management and advising or training staff on wildlife resource conditions and formulating and recommending policies or practices on habitat restoration efforts.

To Qualify for the GS-12 : Examples of qualifying specialized experience for GS-12 include: experience providing staff services and analysis on wildlife resource conditions and formulating and recommending policies or practices on habitat restoration efforts and reviewing policies as they pertain to the area and serving as the technical expert.

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
You must possess the education as determined by OPM that fits this occupational series. Applicants must provide an unofficial copy of their college transcripts and include any other documentation that demonstrate how they meet the minimum educational requirement.

To be basically qualified for this job, you must have: a degree in A) biological science that included: 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 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 (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate); and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant science
  • OR-
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must provide a copy of their college transcripts and include any other documentation that supports they meet the minimum educational requirement. It is the applicants responsibility to provide this information as part of the complete application package by the deadline listed in this announcement.
+ If you make a false statement in any part of your application or resume, you may not be hired, or you may be removed after being hired.

+ You will be contacted regarding the status of your application. Selections normally take approximately eight weeks after the closing date of the announcement.

+ May need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions

+ You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

The questionnaire is based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

+ Planning and applying conservation practices on privately owned lands;

+ Knowledge of Federal, State and Agency policies;

+ Preparation of technical guidance dealing with wildlife, recreation and wetland conservation;

+ Working with others to gain consensus on plans of action, mitigation processes, etc.

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We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.

Well -Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance

Qualified: Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher. BENEFITS:
Working for NRCS 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. Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment. 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 http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

Relocation expenses will not be paid. OTHER INFORMATION:
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). ICTAP provides eligible 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 consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85. 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 eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov
Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown,and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

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