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Forest Ecologist

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Summary You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch short podcasts entitled and . This position is located on the Great River, Clarence Cannon, and Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Forest Ecologist, you will be a member of the Region 3 Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning's Inventory and Monitoring Branch and responsible for providing consultation and guidance to refuge managers, developing forest management plans for National Wildlife Refuges with an emphasis on bottomland hardwood and floodplain forest habitats. You will recommend ecological forest management practices that promote biological diversity while providing habitat for endangered, rare, or species of conservation concern as well as conservation-oriented public uses. You will assist with the review of new or proposed policies, providing comments on their impact to the refuge biological program. You will maintain a high level of technical skill and knowledge necessary to ensure that recommendations for the biological program are consistent with current published literature, and you will attend public hearings and\/or meetings to discuss proposed or existing practices that affect refuge biological resources. Responsibilities While not all inclusive, the major duties of this position are: Providing consultation on forest management practices, including habitat restoration and enhancement, reforestation, and timber stand improvement Developing management, research, and monitoring plans and recommendations for cooperative habitat restoration, forest management, and protection of Federal trust species Ensuring that forest management activities are in compliance with NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and other applicable environmental laws Recommending ecological forest management practices that will promote native biological diversity while providing habitat for endangered, rare, or species of conservation concern as well as conservation-oriented public uses Developing protocols and managing databases for forest and wildlife inventories, in accordance with the USFWS Inventory and Monitoring Policy and the Survey Protocol Handbook Assisting with the cooperative (multi-station or multi-agency) use and maintenance of inventories and monitoring according to approved protocol frameworks and coordinates activities with representatives of other Federal and non-Federal agencies, educational institutions, and special interest groups Compiling and synthesizing geographic data Identifying source requirements, and procuring and interpreting aerial photographs, orthophotos, satellite imagery, base maps, and resource data Directing technicians to ensure accurate data entry and resolve errors Following established procedures and standards for digitization, data interchange, and quality assurance\/quality control Using quantitative methods to analyze findings, including natural resources information represented in geographic information systems (GIS). Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Who May Apply This job is open to\u2026 Status Candidates, Special Appointment Authority, Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply) Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation May be required to successfully complete a probationary period Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates Valid driver's license required Wearing of an official Fish and Wildlife uniform required Only experience and education obtained by 02\/01\/2018 will be considered. Qualifications Basic Requirements: The basic requirement for any incumbent of the GS-0460 series is as follows: A. Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas: Management of Renewable Resources-- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results (examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management); Forest Biology--study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment (examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest wildlife management, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology); Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory--sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources (examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing). B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation. genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest wildlife management, forest entomology, and forest pathology. In addition to the basic requirement listed above, applicants must meet specialized experience requirements. Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Forest Ecologist. Examples may include: assisting with consultations on habitat restoration, reforestation; contributing to plans or recommendations for forest management, species protections, or habitat restoration; participating in habitat and wildlife inventories; compiling data and documenting the associated meta data in support of biological program assignments; assisting in monitoring activities; assisting with spatial analyses and management of geospatial data; assisting with the drafting of study plans, initial survey instructions and protocols; assisting in the design or modification of inventories or monitoring activities; contributing to the review and revision of policies; following the data lifecycle when managing natural resource information.; OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree; if related to the job being filled. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position.; OR A combination of education and experience as listed above. You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Forest Ecologist. Examples of specialized experience may include: providing consultation or recommendations on forest management practices such as habitat restoration, reforestation, or timber stand improvement; providing consultation in or leading the creation of forest and other natural resource management plans; drafting study plans, initial survey instructions and protocols; conducting inventories and monitoring activities; designing or modifying inventories or monitoring activities to address management needs; assisting with the review and revision of new or proposed policies; entering, compiling and analyzing geographic and other types of data; using GIS to capture and manage remote sensing data and metadata; preparing reports based on data analyses and summaries; facilitating small group and collaborative activities to accomplish goals. ; OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree,; if related to the job being filled. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR A combination of education and experience as listed above. 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. 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) and grade point average or class ranking. 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: Additional information To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at FWS has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 02\/01\/2018; More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area. Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Fish and Wildlife's relocation policy. 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: How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and\/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and\/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): Knowledge of forest ecology and wildlife habitat management principles, practices, and concepts Ability to develop sound research and monitoring designs that support management decision making and evaluate the efficacy of treatment options Skill in the use and application GIS and the use of electronic field equipment including GPS, hand held devices, field computers and survey equipment Skill in written and oral communication with the public and natural resources professionals 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 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15,\ Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference\ in addition to the proof required by that form. Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate\/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: Background checks and security clearance

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