Wildlife Biologist Job

Vacancy No. 20-R8OCR-486-SWLDLFE-9-11G Department Forest Service
Salary $52,905.00 to $83,210.00 Grade 9 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/1/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
ANDALUSIA, ALBRENT, ALDOUBLE SPRINGS, ALHEFLIN, AL
TALLADEGA, ALTUSKEGEE, ALBOONEVILLE, ARCLARKSVILLE, AR
DANVILLE, ARDEER, ARFIFTY SIX, ARGLENWOOD, AR
HECTOR, ARJASPER, ARJESSIEVILLE, ARMARIANNA, AR
MENA, ARMOUNT IDA, ARMOUNTAIN VIEW, ARODEN, AR
OZARK, ARPARIS, ARPERRYVILLE, ARROVER, AR
ROYAL, ARRUSSELLVILLE, ARWALDRON, ARBRISTOL, FL
CRAWFORDVILLE, FLOLUSTEE, FLSILVER SPRINGS, FLTALLAHASSEE, FL
UMATILLA, FLBLAIRSVILLE, GACHATSWORTH, GAEATONTON, GA
LAKEMONT, GABIG CREEK, KYCADIZ, KYLONDON, KY
MOREHEAD, KYSTANTON, KYWHITLEY CITY, KYWINCHESTER, KY
ALEXANDRIA, LABENTLEY, LABOYCE, LAHOMER, LA
LEESVILLE, LANATCHITOCHES, LAPROVENCAL, LAWINNFIELD, LA
ACKERMAN, MSBROOKLYN, MSBUDE, MSFOREST, MS
LAUREL, MSMC HENRY, MSMEADVILLE, MSOVETT, MS
OXFORD, MSPOTTS CAMP, MSROLLING FORK, MSWIGGINS, MS
CHEROKEE, NCFRANKLIN, NCMARS HILL, NCMURPHY, NC
NEBO, NCNEW BERN, NCPISGAH FOREST, NCROBBINSVILLE, NC
TROY, NCBROKEN BOW, OKHEAVENER, OKHODGEN, OK
TALIHINA, OKEDGEFIELD, SCHUGER, SCMOUNTAIN REST, SC
NEW ELLENTON, SCWHITMIRE, SCBENTON, TNCLEVELAND, TN
GREENEVILLE, TNTELLICO PLAINS, TNUNICOI, TNDECATUR, TX
HEMPHILL, TXMILAM, TXNEW WAVERLY, TXRATCLIFF, TX
ZAVALLA, TXAUGUSTA SPRINGS, VABLACKSBURG, VABUENA VISTA, VA
COVINGTON, VAEDINBURG, VAHARRISONBURG, VAHOT SPRINGS, VA
MARION, VANATURAL BRIDGE STATION, VANORTON, VASUGAR GROVE, VA


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 04/01/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 9 - 11

  • Salary

    $52,905 to $83,210 per year

    Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management, Salary and Wages web page.

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

FEW vacancies in the following locations:

  • Andalusia, AL
  • Brent, AL
  • Double Springs, AL
  • Heflin, AL
  • Talladega, AL
  • Tuskegee, AL
  • Booneville, AR
  • Clarksville, AR
  • Danville, AR
  • Deer, AR
  • Fifty-six, AR
  • Glenwood, AR
  • Hector, AR
  • Jasper, AR
  • Jessieville, AR
  • Marianna, AR
  • Mena, AR
  • Mount Ida, AR
  • Mountain View, AR
  • Oden, AR
  • Ozark, AR
  • Paris, AR
  • Perryville, AR
  • Rover, AR
  • Royal, AR
  • Russellville, AR
  • Waldron, AR
  • Bristol, FL
  • Crawfordville, FL
  • Olustee, FL
  • Silver Springs, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Umatilla, FL
  • Blairsville, GA
  • Chatsworth, GA
  • Eatonton, GA
  • Lakemont, GA
  • Big Creek, KY
  • Golden Pond, KY
  • London, KY
  • Morehead, KY
  • Stanton, KY
  • Whitley City, KY
  • Winchester, KY
  • Alexandria, LA
  • Bentley, LA
  • Boyce, LA
  • Homer, LA
  • Leesville, LA
  • Natchitoches, LA
  • Provencal, LA
  • Winnfield, LA
  • Ackerman, MS
  • Brooklyn, MS
  • Bude, MS
  • Forest, MS
  • Laurel, MS
  • McHenry, MS
  • Meadville, MS
  • Ovett, MS
  • Oxford, MS
  • Potts Camp, MS
  • Rolling Fork, MS
  • Wiggins, MS
  • Cherokee, NC
  • Franklin, NC
  • Mars Hill, NC
  • Murphy, NC
  • Nebo, NC
  • New Bern, NC
  • Pisgah Forest, NC
  • Robbinsville, NC
  • Troy, NC
  • Broken Bow, OK
  • Heavener, OK
  • Hodgen, OK
  • Page, OK
  • Talihina, OK
  • Edgefield, SC
  • Huger, SC
  • Mountain Rest, SC
  • New Ellenton, SC
  • Whitmire, SC
  • Benton, TN
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Greeneville, TN
  • Tellico Plains, TN
  • Unicoi, TN
  • Decatur, TX
  • Hemphill, TX
  • Milam, TX
  • New Waverly, TX
  • Ratcliff, TX
  • Yellowpine, TX
  • Zavalla, TX
  • Augusta Springs, VA
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Buena Vista, VA
  • Covington, VA
  • Edinburg, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Hot Springs, VA
  • Marion, VA
  • Natural Bridge Station, VA
  • Norton, VA
  • Sugar Grove, VA
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation expenses may be reimbursed at the discretion of management in accordance with the agency policy.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; and Public Land Corps eligibles, Resource Assistant eligibles, People with Disabilities (Schedule A), Reinstatement eligibles.

Announcement number

20-R8OCR-486-SWLDLFE-9-11G

Control number

564080200

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied.

    Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found at Forest Service website.

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities
    • The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.
    • Provide professional wildlife expertise in protection, management, and improvement of wildlife within framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands.
    • Correlate wildlife management with other resource uses (e.g. timber, recreation, and minerals management) and implement wildlife habitat management programs with emphasis on maintaining and enhancing bio-diversity.
    • Conduct and monitor special studies on habitat of unique, rare, threatened and endangered species and make recommendations for habitat protections.
    • Prepare or review biological evaluations for threatened, endangered or sensitive species.
    • Prepare project work plans and coordinate project work with other unit personnel considering wildlife habitat requirements in relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range activities.
    • Develop or provide input into annual program of work determining budgeting and staffing needs.
    • Prepare reports and recommendations on wildlife program activities measuring responses to management activities, including annual surveys to determine status of endangered, threatened, sensitive, and other wildlife species and animal damage surveys.
    • Provide leadership in inventories and evaluation of habitat conditions and needs for upland game, small game, big game, waterfowl, fur-bearers, and non-game species.
    • Performs supervisory duties 20% of the time.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    0486 Wildlife Biology

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
    Qualifications
    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

    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.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For the GS-09: One-year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in wildlife biology and performing common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; Conducted surveys and drafting tentative professional opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and remedies; Assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support wildlife project recommendations.

    For the GS-11: One-year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level OR successful completed three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or have received a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in biological science or directly related coursework. OR A combination of graduate level education (beyond 18 semester hours) and specialized experience that is directly related to this position that together meets the qualification requirements for this position. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Provided input in the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of wildlife resources with other resources; Analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of wildlife resources issues, e.g., interpreting the effect and impact of changes on wildlife habitat as a result of specific resource activities; Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data obtained from studies and field surveys.

    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: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    Education

    SEE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION.

    Additional information

    The primary purpose of this position is providing professional wildlife expertise in the protection, management, and improvement of wildlife within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands.

    Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found at Forest Service website.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information.

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent Country Employees without prior Federal Tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must service a 1 year probationary period.

    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Information on special hiring authorities may be found on the USAJOBS website.

    This position may be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

    Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of job offer.

    Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    Government housing may be available.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Oral Communication
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Supervision
    • Technical Competence
    • Wildlife Biology
    • Workforce Environment
    • Written Communication


    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    To view a preview of the application question, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10749762

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.

    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.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    Please view Tips for Applicants - a guide to the Forest Service application process.

    Read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 am Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (MST), Monday - Friday. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be returned to Human Resources no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order for it to be entered into the system prior to the closing date.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, in USAJOBS click "Apply" and follow the instructions to attach your resume and supporting documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

    Note: You must indicate by your responses to the questionnaire, all categories of eligibilities for which you would like to be considered. You will only be considered for the eligibilities that you select.

    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

    Agency contact information HRM Contact Center HRM Contact Center
    Address

    USDA Forest Service HRM Contact Center
    DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

    It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login to check your application status.

    Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be found at Forest Service website.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.