Fish and Wildlife Biologist.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Durban, South Africa
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
Duties

As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee management and use of the Fisheries Information System (FIS)/ECOSphere computer tracking system to document and report FAC projects and activities, funding needs, and work accomplishments for the FAC across the Region.
  • Provide regional coordination for the FAC program on developing, integrating, and implementing complex and innovative data acquisition tools and techniques, databases, applications, and tools to support natural resource data management.
  • Support regional office and FAC field station staff in the development, training and use of various tools, techniques, and systems for capturing and managing and reporting data for natural resource planning and management.
  • Work with regional and national team efforts involving data managers from internal and external partners, other agencies and organizations to identify data management needs and priorities and coordinate activities

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume (See "Required Documents"). Failure to provide ALL required information on your resume will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is provided on resume.
  • Eligibility and Supporting documents - You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select "yes" to AND submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section.
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 07/08/2024 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement

  • Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
  • A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. As a whole, this combination is comparable to successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major as described in (1) above.

Minimum Qualification [GS-12]

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service in the field of or directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience includes: (1) using relational database management systems and common programming languages; (2) using operating systems, web and database servers, networks, and a broad range of hardware and software applications to manage spatial and biological data sets; (3) collecting, managing, synthesizing, and analyzing biological data; (4) participating in diverse work groups to meet objectives and timelines; (5) using data and study results to inform the resolution of natural resource data management problems.

Minimum Qualification [GS-13]

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service in the field of or directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience includes: (1) designing and using relational database management systems and common programming languages; (2) using operating systems, web and database servers, networks, and a broad range of hardware and software applications to manage spatial and biological data sets; (3) providing advice, coordination, and technical expertise regarding biological data collection, management, synthesis, and analysis; (4) managing diverse work groups to meet objectives and timelines; (5) developing, applying, and adapting new approaches and/or creative solutions to resolve complex or controversial natural resource data management problems.

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

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. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Salary: Salary will be based upon duty station and locality pay upon selection / placement. Locality pay tables may be viewed at

PCS INFORMATION: Yes, entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. All moving expenses are taxable. In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements May be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.

Telework: This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. For more information visit:

Reasonable Accommodation: The USFWS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Please visit

  • 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.