As part of the Division of Ecological Services, position will coordinate ESA activities, in the following program areas: recovery, species status assessments, 5-year reviews, petition findings, grants, permits, and outreach.
This is being advertised under R2-18-10239406-CS-MP for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment. You must apply to each announcement if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
Major Duties Include:
-Exercise responsibility for implementation of policy, review, and interpretation concerning section 4 (Recovery), section 6 (Grants), and section 10 (Permitting)
-Reviews and prepares briefing papers, correspondence, policy and procedural guidance, and program documents.
-Conducts or contributes to strategic planning including program priories development, workload analysis and workforce planning.
-Lead efforts in the development of review and processing of research/recovery permits.
-Point of contact for Service field staff and State agency personnel for Endangered Species grant programs.
Basic Education Requirement for the GS 0401 Series.
Successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
An appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
GS-0401-11 Fish and Wildlife Biologist.
Have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-09) in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Independently preparing formal section 7 consultations and environmental impact statements; solving controversial issues related to oil and gas regulatory permitting under the ESA, NEPA, or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; and experience serving as a team lead in resolving complex and controversial issues.
Have successfully completed at least three full years of graduate education or a PhD 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.
A combination of education and experience (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: Only graduate education in excess of the first 2 years may be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).
GS-0401-12 Fish and Wildlife Biologist.
At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-11) in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include applying biological and ecological principles, concepts, and practices to improve and manage fish and wildlife species and their habitats; applying knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and other federal environmental laws; preparing briefings and writing biological opinions or reports on ecological investigations on land and water resource development projects; and resolving complex and controversial resource issues.
Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-12. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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.
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