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  • Wildlife biologist, Focus on seabirds


    Ellen Paul
    • Employer: US Fish and Wildlife Service
      Location: Anchorage, Arcata, Portland, Homer, Olympia, or Newport (OR) plus optional telework
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/12/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    APPLY VIA THIS WEBSITE. STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS. THE POST BELOW IS NOT A COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT.

     

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593639900#

     

    As a Wildlife Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

    Provides support for and oversight of seabird monitoring and data management activities throughout the USFWS Pacific Regions.

    Builds partnerships within the seabird conservation community, including USFWS and other organizations, other federal and state agencies, and entities contributing to seabird conservation by promoting understanding of and support for seabird inventory and monitoring initiatives, programs, and issues.

    Provides assistance and directly develops seabird survey projects that collect data as well as supports their data management, data visualization, data analyses techniques, and related topics.

    Works with USFWS programs in the Pacific Regions to identify seabird survey needs as well as work with conservation organizations and other federal and state agencies to identify role of the Refuge System within national seabird monitoring initiatives.

    Coordinates seabird survey activities throughout a vast geographic area that encompasses Pacific regions of the USFWS.

    Effectively communicates program planning, work priorities, and scientific accomplishments to an array of constituents using a variety of communication tools and techniques.

     

    Conditions of Employment

    Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

    Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.

    Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).

    Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

    Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.

    Driver?s License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.

    Firearm: for Alaska locations: Selectees will be required to carry a firearm in the performance of your duties.

    Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.

    Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

    Qualifications

    Only experience and education obtained by 03/12/2021 will be considered.

     

    In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

    Basic Requirement:

    Degree: 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 sciences.
    OR

    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.


    Minimum Qualification [GS-0486-12]

    One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience may include; creating and maintaining partnerships within the USFWS and with Federal, State, Universities,
    tribes and other NGOs to design and coordinate surveys and associated data management and develop collaborative
    projects to ensure effective and coordinated bird monitoring programs that support planning and implementation in a management
    decision making process.. OR

    Basic education requirement. OR

    A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time In Grade Requirement: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,
    i. Area of Consideration.
    ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
    iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method
    Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

    Education

    PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

     

    You must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.

    Required Documents:

    1. Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

    2. College Transcripts: Please refer to the education section above for additional information. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    3. SF-50: (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position.

    Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility please review the How to Apply for Reinstatement page for all required documents.

    If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.

    Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.

    4. Performance Appraisal: Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 Member Copy 2 or 4 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form (i.e. VA letter). You may not be awarded preference if you do not attach the correct Veteran Documentation as specified above.

    3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    Review the appointment eligibility criteria in the application preview linked below: The eligibility section of the application allows you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select "yes" to and submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section or the application text.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents section.

    Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

    Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11045612.

    Please ensure you check the acknowledgement checkbox then click the Submit Application button to submit your application.

    Applications must be received by 03/12/2021 , 11:59pm ET to receive consideration.

    Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, in Applications tab, click the position title you applied to for the status. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

     



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