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Fish and Wildilfe Biologist
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is part of the Austin Ecological Services Field Office. As a Fish and Wildilfe Biologist you will be responsible for any one or a combination of conservation management activities to include endangered and threatened species, habitat conservation planning, energy development, permits and licenses, national environmental policy act, pesticide use, water quality, listing of species, wetland and riparian habitat assessments, and partners program.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R2-18-101203725-TL-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.

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* Develops mitigation plans for identified impacts.
* Evaluates biological data and Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened or endangered species through formal and informal consultation procedures.
* Plans, evaluates, conducts and/or prepares reports on ecological investigations or complex land and water resource development projects, proposals and/or license applications/renewals to determine their effect on fish and wildlife resources/habitats and/or conservation banking agreements.
* Represents the Service to other Federal agencies, State agencies, Tribes, other agencies, groups and individuals as a professional biologist in effecting the coordination and interaction needed to accomplish the above duties.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

Field work requires strenuous activity for significant periods of time; and may involve hiking in rugged terrain in a variety of extreme weather conditions, exposure to field hazards such as poison ivy, insects, sun, wind, etc. Work may also include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples that weigh up to 50 pounds.

Office work consists of extended periods of sitting while entering/compiling/evaluating data, preparing written reports, etc. Work includes indoor and outdoor settings. In field settings, there is regular exposure to high and low temperature extremes and inclement weather. The incumbent is expected to perform duties in a safe and orderly manner, so as not to endanger self, coworkers, or property.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% of the time for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

* Requirements

Help Requirements 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 Non-Sensitive-Low background investigation
* Medical Requirements
* Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


Only experience and education obtained by

Basic Entry Requirements for the Fish and Wildlife Biologist, (you must meet A, or B to qualify):

A. I have successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.


B. I have an appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.

Specialized Experience for the GS-0401-09 Fish and Wildlife Biologist (you must meet A, B, or C):

A. Have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-07) in the Federal service. The experience equipped me with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Participating in the surveying/monitoring protocols to document plant species diversity, density, and relative abundance, including invasive, threatened, endangered, sensitive, and rare plants; assessing impacts of proposed Federal actions on threatened or endangered species; and developing draft biological opinions required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act Amendments.


B. Have successfully completed two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in an accredited college or university leading to a Master's degree or equivalent degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines.


C. Do not have the full amount of experience listed in A and do not have the full amount of graduate education listed in B; however, have an equivalent amount of such experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).

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-11. 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-11. 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

About Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. Its work affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to the children studying in Indian schools.