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Fish and Wildlife Biologist

East Lansing, MI

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Region 3's Ecological Service line is filling one position in East Lansing, Michigan. In this position you will focus on Area of Concern (AOC) work. This position will address new AOCs to contribute to Beneficial Use Impairment removal and AOC de-listing. The incumbent will facilitate coordination and projects to provide new information to assess whether wildlife continue to be exposed to elevated levels of contaminants and adverse impacts.
While not an all inclusive listing of major duties, the incumbent of the position will:
Conduct on-site ecological investigations of moderate complexity to obtain objective and scientifically valid data and information on the fate and effects of contaminants, the remediation of contaminants, and the restoration of fish and wildlife resources
Prepare sound plans and procedures for accomplishing natural resource investigations or restoration activities that include safety considerations, budgets and schedules
Participate in multidisciplinary planning efforts with private organizations and other Federal, state, and local agencies to achieve conservation objectives and goals, particularly removal of Beneficial Use Impairments at Great Lakes Areas of Concern related to fish and wildlife resources
Develop mitigation and/or restoration measures to compensate for or lessen the impact of environmental stressors
Prepare and review biological portions of environmental or biological assessments/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions
Respond to inquiries from the public, news, and other media related to contaminants, Beneficial Use Impairments, and endangered species
Apply the principles of fish and wildlife biology, conservation biology, and ecotoxicology as they relate to the fundamental ecology of population impairments or declines
Analyze data on environmental stressors, including the appropriate use of statistics and uncertainty analysis
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to perform work duties.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
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
Valid driver's license required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Only experience and education obtained by 08/20/2018 will be considered.
Basic Requirements for the 401 Occupational Series:
Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
A combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major, as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must have been sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to perform Fish and Wildlife Biologist work, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4 year course of study with a major study in one of the appropriate fields.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement listed above, you may qualify for the GS-11 level of this series by meeting one of the following:
A. At least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to grade GS-09) in the Federal service. Such experience must show skill in conducting independent assignments in the selection and initiation of investigations or studies of federally sanctioned activities affecting fish and wildlife resources; and planning or conducting investigations and delivering program information on environmental contaminants/ecotoxicology to the public and other agencies; reflect your ability to assess the effects of land and water development projects and contaminants on wildlife resources; ability to recognize critical trends in natural resources to assess, select and recommend actions; ability manage large, complex resource issues, make decisions and resolve conflicts; and the ability to communicate orally and in writing.
B. Successful completion of at least three full years of progressively higher graduate education or a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to one of the following disciplines: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, and chemistry.
C. An equivalent amount of experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. Only credits in excess of the first two years of full time graduate education can be considered. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (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; 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: ****To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at ****FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 08/20/2018. 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 are not authorized.
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 the scientific, biological, and ecological principles, methodologies, and practices to identify and apply solutions to problems affecting natural resources
Skill in problem solving to recognize trends in natural resources and recommend corrective actions
Skill in written communication, specifically writing objective reports
Skill in verbal communication, specifically presenting data and its analysis
Skill in coordinating activities with other agencies and organizations, as well as the public, and other groups of varying levels of understanding
Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and theories in fish and/or wildlife biology and a working familiarity with related disciplines
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Drug test required
Required Documents
Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. ****Official or unofficial College Transcript(s). Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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