Wildlife Biologist Job

Vacancy No. 20-R6-OCR-FS2279-7-9G Department Forest Service
Salary $43,251.00 to $52,905.00 Grade 7 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 6/2/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
RIGGINS, IDBAKER CITY, ORBEND, ORBLY, OR
BRIDAL VEIL, ORBUTTE FALLS, ORCASCADE LOCKS, ORCAVE JUNCTION, OR
CHEMULT, ORCHILOQUIN, ORCORVALLIS, ORCOTTAGE GROVE, OR
CRESCENT, ORDETROIT, ORDUFUR, ORENTERPRISE, OR
ESTACADA, ORGLIDE, ORGOLD BEACH, ORGRANTS PASS, OR
HEBO, ORHEPPNER, ORHINES, ORHOOD RIVER, OR
IDLEYLD PARK, ORJACKSONVILLE, ORJOHN DAY, ORJOSEPH, OR
KLAMATH FALLS, ORLA GRANDE, ORLAKEVIEW, ORBLUE RIVER, OR
MEDFORD, ORPAISLEY, ORMOUNT HOOD PARKDALE, ORPENDLETON, OR
PORTLAND, ORPOWERS, ORPRAIRIE CITY, ORPRINEVILLE, OR
PROSPECT, ORREDMOND, ORREEDSPORT, ORROSEBURG, OR
SANDY, ORSILVER LAKE, ORSISTERS, ORSPRINGFIELD, OR
SWEET HOME, ORTILLER, ORUKIAH, ORWALDPORT, OR
WESTFIR, ORYACHATS, ORSANDY, ORAMBOY, WA
CHELAN, WACLARKSTON, WACLE ELUM, WACOLVILLE, WA
DARRINGTON, WAENTIAT, WAEVERETT, WAFORKS, WA
GRANITE FALLS, WAHOODSPORT, WAKETTLE FALLS, WALEAVENWORTH, WA
METALINE FALLS, WANACHES, WANEWPORT, WANORTH BEND, WA
OLYMPIA, WAPOMEROY, WAPORT ANGELES, WAQUILCENE, WA
QUINAULT, WARANDLE, WAREPUBLIC, WASEDRO WOOLLEY, WA
SKYKOMISH, WATONASKET, WATROUT LAKE, WAVANCOUVER, WA
WALLA WALLA, WAWENATCHEE, WAWINTHROP, WA


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

    Opening and closing dates 06/02/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7 - 9

  • Salary

    $43,251 to $52,905 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

Many vacancies in the following locations:

  • Riggins, ID
  • Baker City, OR
  • Bend, OR
  • Bly, OR
  • Bridal Veil, OR
  • Butte Falls, OR
  • Cascade Locks, OR
  • Cave Junction, OR
  • Chemult, OR
  • Chiloquin, OR
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Cottage Grove, OR
  • Crescent, OR
  • Detroit, OR
  • Dufur, OR
  • Enterprise, OR
  • Estacada, OR
  • Glide, OR
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Hebo, OR
  • Heppner, OR
  • Hines, OR
  • Hood River, OR
  • Idleyld Park, OR
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • John Day, OR
  • Joseph, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • La Grande, OR
  • Lakeview, OR
  • McKenzie Bridge, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Paisley, OR
  • Parkdale, OR
  • Pendleton, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Powers, OR
  • Prairie City, OR
  • Prineville, OR
  • Prospect, OR
  • Redmond, OR
  • Reedsport, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Sandy, OR
  • Silver Lake, OR
  • Sisters, OR
  • Springfield, OR
  • Sweet Home, OR
  • Tiller, OR
  • Ukiah, OR
  • Waldport, OR
  • Westfir, OR
  • Yachats, OR
  • Zigzag, OR
  • Amboy, WA
  • Chelan, WA
  • Clarkston, WA
  • Cle Elum, WA
  • Colville, WA
  • Darrington, WA
  • Entiat, WA
  • Everett, WA
  • Forks, WA
  • Granite Falls, WA
  • Hoodsport, WA
  • Kettle Falls, WA
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Metaline Falls, WA
  • Naches, WA
  • Newport, WA
  • North Bend, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Pomeroy, WA
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Quilcene, WA
  • Quinault, WA
  • Randle, WA
  • Republic, WA
  • Sedro Woolley, WA
  • Skykomish, WA
  • Tonasket, WA
  • Trout Lake, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Wenatchee, WA
  • Winthrop, WA
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to all U.S. citizens.

Announcement number

20-R6-OCR-FS2279-7-9G

Control number

569712100

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This position is located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 and is located on a Forest Service unit.

    The incumbent serves as a Wildlife Biologist, providing guidance and assistance for the protection, management and improvement of the wildlife habitat for the 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 on the Forest Service website


    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities
    • Duties listed at the full performance level.
    • Conducts field reconnaissance in order to provide technical advice related to a variety of wildlife species and habitats.
    • Determines the need for and recommends wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement or improvement projects.
    • Works cooperatively with Federal and State wildlife resource agencies.
    • Coordinates wildlife habitat management projects with timber, engineering, recreation and other resource programs. And collaborates with the public and our partners with an interdisciplinary approach.
    • Assists the supervisory wildlife biologist to develop proposed habitat restoration actions, conduct effects analyses and consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    • Performs contract administration duties for project implementation.
    • Ensures projects adhere to federal laws, policies and regulations.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel on the Forest for training and meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    0486 Wildlife Biology

  • 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 or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • 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 E-Verify.
    Qualifications
    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications 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: Wildlife Biology Series, 0486

    Degree: 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 in 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement described above, the following specialized experience and/or education is required for the grade(s) specified.

    For the GS-07 level: Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service.
    Examples of qualifying specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following: Assisted with the collection of field data on wildlife habitats and vegetation; Assisted in interpreting aerial photos to determine vegetation types; Assembled biological and vegetation use data from records to determine past wildlife and livestock use; Assisted with the classification and evaluation of vegetation and soil to determine suitable habitats and ranges for wildlife; Participated as a team member on habitat management projects;
    OR
    Successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate level education;
    OR
    An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education;
    OR
    Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    For the GS-09 level: Applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service.
    Examples of qualifying specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following: Performed common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; Conducted surveys and assisted in determining wildlife resource needs; Assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific wildlife biology assignments that included researching and analyzing data, and information that supports wildlife project recommendations; Prepared operational plans for wildlife programs; Participated on interdisciplinary teams in a variety of aspects of natural resource management;
    OR
    A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in related degrees such as: wildlife management and zoology;
    OR
    An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify 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.

    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.

    Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position.
    Education

    See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

    Additional information

    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 https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):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.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

    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 neither implied or guaranteed.

    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.



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

    This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.

    Forest Service daycare facilities may be available.

    Government Housing may be available.

    This position is eligible for telework.

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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. You will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Individuals with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. 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 up to including removal from the Federal service.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10829528

    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 responsibilities section 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.

    Education is required qualify therefore 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.

    If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

    If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

    Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: 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.

    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 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.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 required documents, complete the assessment questionnaire, and submit your application.

    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 to check your application status.

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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.

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