Biologist.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bailey's Crossroads, VA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024
Duties

The Branch of Environmental Review within the R9-Division of Environmental Review in Ecological Services Headquarters is looking to fill 3 vacant Biologist (GS-0401-13) positions as temporary promotions for up to 4 years. Two positions will serve a national liaisons and coordinators to select Department of Interior (DOI) Bureaus. One position will serve as a national coordinator and ESA section 7 lead for Orphaned Well Remediation, Broadband, and other Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) programs.

  • DOI Bureau Liaisons, GS-0401-13: These positions will serve as national liaisons and coordinators to facilitate timely and efficient environmental reviews and authorizations by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and/or the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The duties of these positions will include, but are not limited to:
  • Building partnerships with Department of Interior (DOI) Bureaus and others to promote effective environmental reviews and the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants and the ecosystems they depend upon.
  • Providing scientific, technical, and program support to improve how the Service and DOI Bureaus work together on environmental review and authorization processes.
  • Coordinating, facilitating, and/or conducting activities pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and / or other environmental laws.
  • Coordinating with and providing technical assistance to Service Regional and Field Offices.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, developing, and providing training on environmental review policies, procedures, or guidelines.
  • Supporting the development of programmatic environmental documents and environmental data
  • BIL and IRA ESA Coordinator and ESA Section 7 Lead: This position will serve as a national coordinator and ESA section 7 lead to facilitate interagency coordination and the efficient and effective ESA section 7 consultation and conservation associated with the implementation of select BIL and IRA programs. The initial primary focus be on programs associated with the DOI Orphaned Wells Program Office (BIL Section 40601) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Broadband Deployment program (BIL Section 60102), but will include work with additional Federal Agencies, partners, and BIL and IRA programs. The duties of this position will include, but are not limited to:
  • Building partnerships with the DOI Orphaned Wells Program Office, the NTIA, and others to promote effective environmental reviews and the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants and the ecosystems they depend upon.
  • Providing scientific, technical, and program support to improve how the Service and DOI Orphaned Wells Program Office, the NTIA, and others work together to meet ESA section 7(a)(1) and 7(a)(2) and other environmental review responsibilities associated with the implementation their BIL and IRA programs.
  • Coordinating with and providing technical assistance to Service Regional and Field Offices.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, developing, and providing training on environmental review policies, procedures, or guidelines.
  • Supporting the development of programmatic environmental documents and environmental data.

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.
  • Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • 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 02/16/2024 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
  • Combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.

Minimum Qualification [GS-13]

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-12 in the Federal service. Examples of experience include: (1) serving as a technical expert and providing guidance, training, and assistance on the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and/or other environmental laws and associated regulations and policies; (2) managing a high-volume of complex projects/assignments related to natural resource management; (3) preparing correspondence, briefing papers, technical reports, and other written communications on conservation, technical, or policy issues; (4) coordinating and leading diverse teams to develop actions plans and deliver projects related to fish and wildlife conservation; (5) collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to achieve fish and wildlife conservation objectives; (6) evaluating and developing collaborative conservation solutions for land and water development and other natural resource management challenges.

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.

Eligibility and Qualification Requirements: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,

  • Area of Consideration.
  • Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
  • Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method

Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures.

Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA. Performance documentation can be obtained by contacting the supervisors for the positions you served in during your 24 months. If they did not complete performance appraisals ask them to provide a statement of performance for each period of service. The statement must specify the dates for each employment period and your level of performance (dates should match the dates on the SF-50s).

Current Appointees

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
  • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

Former Appointees

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
  • Must apply for position within 2 years after separation;
  • Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
  • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

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

PCS INFORMATION: No PCS entitlements authorized

Incentives: Certain incentives, such as relocation or recruitment incentives, may be authorized to eligible selectees at management discretion.

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): Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/"

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

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