US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Virginia, USA · Bailey's Crossroads, VA, USA · Virginia, USA · Staten Island, NY, USA
Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2024

As a BIOLOGIST your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate requests for regional and/or local office assistance, receipt, and review of National Environmental Policy Act, National Historical Preservation Act, Tribal consultation, and Endangered Species Act documentation to ensure compliance for Federal financial assistance projects and timely issuance of grant agreements or modifications to existing projects.
  • Updates program guidance documents, policies, instructions, and other grant administrative documentation, as necessary, to incorporate changes to regulations, policies, executive orders, and other mandates. Receives, reviews, and records real property reports submitted in compliance with 2 CFR 200 real property reporting requirements. Assists in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, data calls as necessary.
  • Drafts, review and edits interdepartmental, intra-agency, and interagency memos, summaries, and other documentation in preparation of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission meetings, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Staff meetings, requests for environmental and cultural resource compliance assistance, and other documentation as necessary to support federal financial assistance projects.


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.
  • Driver’s License: Selectees may be required to possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
  • 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


Only experience and education obtained by 02/19/2024 will be considered.

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

Basic Requirement

  • 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 sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
  • Combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major in the biological sciences (i.e., at least 24 semester hours) as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

Minimum Qualification [GS-12]

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: 1. Prepare memos, policies, supporting grant administrative documentation, and other official correspondences. 2. Work with a team of peers to establish program policy determining potential outcomes or affects to project delivery. 3. Application of natural resource state and federal laws, regulations, precedents, and international treaties and agreements, such as the National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Freedom of Information Act, etc. 4. Apply grant legal concepts and parameters to the assigned projects.

Minimum Qualification [GS-13]

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: 1. Track compliance documentation, including additions, substitutions, or modifications to existing grant agreements. 2. Updating program guidance documents, policies, instructions, or other grant administrative documentation to incorporate changes to regulations, policies, executive orders, or mandates. 3. Perform maintenance of grant records and reporting. 4. Review grants in advance of signature approval by supervisors and others having authority to implement.

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.


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


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

Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies within the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s), including within the same metro/commuting area. Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration.

  • 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.

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