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Wildlife Biologist

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent position in the competitive service. This is a long-term, career-seasonal position. BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Wildlife Biologist, for the Central Montana District Office, Lewistown Field Office, Lewistown, Montana. Information about the Lewistown area can be found at Lewistown Chamber of Commerce.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
This position is also being advertised under Vacancy Announcement No. MT Merit-2015-0048. Only one person will be selected from these announcements. U.S. Citizenship is required. Background Investigation is required. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections. You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land. Direct Deposit Required. At the full performance level major duties include but are not limited to: Assisting in preparing, evaluating and conducting biological analysis of land and water resource projects;working closely with and assisting senior specialist with coordinating and consulting with Tribal, State, special interest groups and other federal agencies; serving on interdisciplinary teams where in collaboration with other specialists writes and reviews biological input to environmental assessments, biological assessments, and development of protective stipulations, and resource management plans; and participating in monitoring wildlife development projects by providing input to interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments and protective stipulations for threatened and endangered species. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
(1) Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts of wildlife biology to relate the knowledge to other professional bodies of knowledge, such as zoology, animal ecology and other related fields;
(2) Skill in collaborating with individuals or groups to gain support for the desired outcome;
(3) Knowledge of major policy guidance such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Threatened and Endangered Species Act, and other related Bureau and federal issuances in order to adhere to legal perimeters;
(4) Knowledge of wildlife habitat and threatened and endangered species and skill in modifying and adapting standard techniques and processes to overcome significant resource problems; and
(5) Knowledge of animal ecology and population dynamics in order to resolve or avoid problems in habitat restoration, construction, and program management issues that may adversely impact certain species.
To preview questions please click here. Basic Education Requirement: This position has a basic education requirement which requires you to have a degree in biological science that includes 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 a 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.
For the GS-07: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, applicants must have appropriate experience or additional education. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade. Specialized Experience for the GS-7 Wildlife Biologist: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in wildlife management related work. Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of knowledge and competence in wildlife conservation or wildlife management. Examples: assisting higher level professionals with vegetative management for riparian habitat maintenance & enhancement, and wildlife & fisheries habitat management by classifying habitat & vegetation types, determining habitat condition & improvement, and contributing to planning documents; OR 1 year of graduate education in wildlife biology or a directly related field or you meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.). See OPM Qualification Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
For the GS-09: In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade. Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Wildlife Biologist: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in wildlife management related work. Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes the application of professional knowledge and competence in wildlife conservation or wildlife management. Examples: planning and conducting wildlife field inventories & monitoring studies; interpreting data and assisting in preparing wildlife management plans; preparing reports; and recommending habitat management practices; OR 2 years of graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology or a directly related field; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education in excess of the first year of may be combined with experience. THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information
Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
References - personal and professional
Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION , including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the "APPLY ONLINE" button that appears on this announcement.
3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See "Required Documents" section below.
It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date. All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to , and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution click here to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
2) Veterans Preference Documentation : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference. More information regarding Veteran's preference click here .
3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program . For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the "Application Status" section, check under the "Status" for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state "Received." Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of "Received" reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above). You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
RELOCATION EXPENSES:__Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.
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