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Fish and Wildlife Biologist Posted Nov 27
Department of the Interior , Provo, UT

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.

Reclamation is seeking 2 career professionals looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy serving as an advisor on a variety of biological and environmental issues associated with planning, construction, and operation and maintenance activities under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office?

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with great growth potential!



- Prepares environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) compliance, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for projects within the jurisdiction of the Provo Area office.
- Collects biological data utilizing the latest aquatic instream flow methodologies and habitat-based models for application to impact analyses on project affected terrestrial and aquatic resources.
- Analyzes aquatic and terrestrial habitat data as it relates to existing and proposed projects.
- Collects and analyzes animal-number and user-day information in assessing project costs/benefits.
- Analyzes and incorporates data in biological reports and environmental assessments.
- Gathers appropriate data, assesses habitat values, and prepares habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans for salinity projects.
- Performs wetlands delineations as needed for CWA and NEPA compliance.
- Maintains up-to-date records of fish and wildlife mitigation enhancement accomplishments at Reclamation projects under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

Physical Demands: Field work (20%) may occur in remote areas with rugged terrain and the potential for unfavorable weather conditions. The employee will frequently work alone in the field. Physical strength must be sufficient for digging for wetlands delineations, large scale planting or periodic weed control, and hiking over various types of terrain, bending, crouching, stooping and reaching.

Work Environment: Field work may be performed alone or with other staff and may involve exposure to adverse conditions and temperature extremes around streams, lakes, and desert and mountain environments. Off road travel may be necessary. All necessary safety precautions are observed during field work and while in construction areas. Travel to remote sites and to other offices and locations is required.

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizen or National; May be subject to 1-year probationary period;
Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply);
You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications);
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
This position has a positive education requirement-MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS;
For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Education Requirement:
A. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic education qualification requirement described above, applicants must also possess the following:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

GS-11: Your resume must reflect at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service -OR- three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position -OR- a combination of specialized experience and graduate education.

Specialized experience for the GS-11: Experience gathering data, assessing habitat, writing technical reports, completing field surveys, and coordinating and collaborating with project stakeholders (agencies, environmental groups, public); AND three of the following: (1) Environmental site assessments, (2) Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance (i.e. wetland delineations, 404, 402, or Stream Alteration permits), (3) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance (i.e. categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, or environmental impact statements), (4) Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance (biological evaluations or assessments or initiation of informal or formal section 7 consultation), or (5) Experience with GIS to map or assess habitat.

Applicants who do not meet the definition of specialized experience will be determined as not qualified and will be ineligible for consideration.

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

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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