This position is part of the R7-Division of Migratory Birds. As a Wildlife Biologist (Pilot) you will serve as a recognized scientific expert in migratory bird management and for particular species of migratory birds; includes planning, designing, and conducting significant surveys, inventories, and other types of monitoring and assessment activities.
Conduct wildlife population surveys or wildlife monitoring.
Develop recommendations or management decisions for the benefit of natural resources based upon scientific information and/or agency policies and positions.
Take-off and land single-engine, fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft from off-airport locations (beaches, meadows, gravel bars, ridge tops, lakes and/or rivers) of limited size in isolated areas under marginal weather conditions.
Operate single engine, fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft in remote areas where weather reporting stations, radio aids to navigation, and communication facilities are limited.
Plan and oversee loading and unloading of aircraft utilizing knowledge of gross weight, balance, and performance capability.
Operate single engine, fixed-wing aircraft at minimum air speed and altitudes below 500 feet above ground level over unfavorable terrain in order to observe and record presence of wildlife or other natural resources.
Simultaneously follow a defined track-line and record wildlife or other natural resources during aerial surveys as Pilot in Command in single engine, fixed-wing aircraft.
Compile and utilize data from various sources to answer biological questions or test hypotheses.
Develop or review Environmental Assessments, Biological Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements.
Give oral presentations of scientific material to scholastic, scientific, or management entities.
Prepare written documents such as technical reports or scientific publications that present the results of biological studies.
Assess wildlife status relative to population benchmarks defined in endangered species recovery plans and/or wildlife conservation plans.
Create study protocols that address data needs identified in Migratory Bird Treaty Act obligations, Endangered Species Recovery plans, National Wildlife Refuge Conservation plans, and/or Inventory and Monitoring plans.
Apply techniques wildlife ecology and management to organize, develop, and implement scientific surveys applicable to large remote areas.
Provide technical advice to biologists on the design of research and/or inventory and monitoring activities in large remote areas.
Work as a member of a team to evaluate and implement biological investigations such as migratory population surveys, migratory bird banding operations, and migratory bird research.
25% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0486 Wildlife Biology
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Drug testing position
You will be required to carry a firearm in the performance of your duties
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Applicants are ineligible for this position if ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.
Must possess a current FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with rating appropriate for the duties performed.
Must possess instrument rating, and 10 hours as Pilot-in-Command in actual or simulated instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions.
Must have completed a minimum of 500 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command.
Must have completed 25 hours as Pilot-in-Command at night.
Must possess a current Class II Medical Certificate.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R7-20-10712095-TC(MP) for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
Only experience and education obtained by 02/24/2020 will be considered.
Basic Requirements for Pilot Duties
You must meet the Basic Requirements for Pilot Duties for this position 1) possess a current FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with rating appropriate for the duties performed; 2) possess instrument rating, and 10 hours as Pilot-in-Command in actual or simulated instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions; 3) have completed a minimum of 500 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command; 4) have completed 25 hours as Pilot-in-Command at night; and 5) possess a current Class II Medical Certificate.
Basic Education Requirement
You must possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 1) 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 2) 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; AND 3) at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences OR have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. This combination includes 1) at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects as described above; AND 2) 12 semester hours in zoology subjects as described above; AND 3) 9 semester hours in botany as described above PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. Please Note: you must submit transcripts to show how you meet the education requirement.
You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability applying principles of wildlife management to assist in the design, planning, and implementation of aerial wildlife surveys; and serving as pilot-in-command of aerial surveys for the primary purpose of monitoring wildlife or their habitats; and authoring or co-authors peer-reviewed publications or technical reports; and presenting one or more oral talks or poster at a scientific meeting, symposium, or conference.
You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability applying principles of wildlife management to lead the design, planning, and implementation of aerial wildlife surveys; and have substantive experience (100 flight hours) as pilot-in-command of single-or multi-engine, fixed winged aircraft in both high-density airspace and remote areas for the specific purpose of conducting low-level aerial wildlife surveys near minimum airspeeds; and use of statistical software to complete analysis of scientific data; and authoring or co-authors peer-reviewed publications or technical reports; and presenting one or more oral talks or poster at a scientific meeting, symposium, or conference.
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.
Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-12/13. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12/13. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
A PCS Move is authorized as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable.
If you are a current U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee and you are transferring from a Region outside of Alaska, you will be eligible to return to a position in your home Region upon completion of a minimum 2-year tour of duty in Alaska. If you exercise this option, your home Region will place you in a position of equivalent grade in the same general occupational classification series that you occupied in Alaska.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times
during your tenure.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, and concepts of population ecology and wildlife biology as related to the management and conservation of migratory birds
Ability to operate light, single-engine or multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft from land or water including flight planning and associated logistics while maintaining FAA compliant records and documentation
Ability to pilot a fixed-wing amphibious survey aircraft in accordance with regulations, standards and conduct aerial surveys of waterfowl and other large waterbirds
Ability to analyze biological survey/research data, interpret results and prepare completed reports
Knowledge of federal migratory bird, endangered species, and national wildlife refuge laws, regulations, and other related governmental departmental, and agencies policies, programs, goals and objectives
Knowledge of survey design and study planning, with emphasis on application of monitoring migratory bird populations and environmental factors influencing population status
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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.
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