NEPA Planner, GS-0401-09/11: Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for USDA Forest Service applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=OEWHH .
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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position) Prepares reports and analyses that assess environmental conditions and impacts, such as biological opinions, evaluations, listing documents, endangered species recovery plans, and/or habitat conservation plans. Writes and/or reviews site-specific mitigating measures for environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. Participates in the development of natural resource plans and policies for the organization. Work involves the gathering and compiling of information and/or development of databases for use in natural resource management activities. Summarizes data, makes calculations, and presents preliminary statistical analysis to the appropriate scientist. Work involves planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Studies the effects of proposed development projects on an area and identifies the applicable regulatory compliance issues and requirements. Conducts biological/ecological studies and investigations in support of permitting requirements or actions. Analyzes and evaluates natural resources to permit multiple land uses while preserving the ecological viability of an area.
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MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Grade 09: BASIC REQUIREMENTS A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled. OR B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to the requirements in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the total experience requirements. 1. The applicant must have completed two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree when it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR 2. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in collecting data and/or participating in experiments, studies, or investigations in fields of science concerned with living organisms, their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and adaptations and relations to the environment; OR experience in natural resources management, such as forest land management, recreation resource management, or wilderness area management, etc. Grade 11: BASIC REQUIREMENTS A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position being filled. OR B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to the requirements in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the total experience requirements. 1. The applicant must have completed three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree when it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR 2. The applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in collecting data and/or participating in experiments, studies, or investigations in fields of science concerned with living organisms, their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and adaptations and relations to the environment; OR experience in natural resources management, such as forest land management, recreation resource management, or wilderness area management, etc. Specialized experience directly related to this position should be documented in the Work History section of the online application. Applicants are encouraged to provide a narrative in the Work History section that describes the duties performed relative to the specialized experience defined for this position. Show percentage of time performing these duties if work involved a variety of different duties, i.e., where only a portion of the work experience would be creditable for this position. SPECIALIZED experience for this position is defined as one or more of the following: Studied and planned proposed resource management activities and coordinated approved resource management plans such as habitat restoration or enhancement projects; Participated in the permit review process or identified regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Served as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation activities and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations; Performed duties involving the management of efforts to clean up hazardous waste at sites of limited complexity and with few classes of contaminants. See Other Information for further requirements.
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You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
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Position is located on the Modoc National Forest, Doublehead Ranger District, with duty location in Tulelake, CA or Adin, CA. Duty location to be determined by selecting official upon selection. Incumbent is responsbile for adminstering, and providing expertise inthe Biological and Envirnmental programs, including NEPA at the District level. For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Sharon Hansen,District Ranger, at 928-474-7900; 530-667-8610, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read the announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to receive proper consideration. If you are unable to apply online, contact technical support at AVUE Digital Services (ADS) at 1-800-407-0147 or via email at JoeAvue@avuetech.com. This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required. Transcripts must be attached to your Avue application or faxed to 253-573-9869 prior to the closing date of the announcement; please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. Applicants who fail to submit their transcripts with their application will not be given credit for their education. All supporting documentation required to determine basic eligibility and/or support a claim for veterans preference (i.e., transcripts. DD-214, SF-15, Veterans Affairs statement re: percentage of disability, etc.) must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement. Please do not submit any documents outside the electronic process; receipt of such documents outside the online application process will not be considered. As an alternative, you may fax documents directly to AVUE at 1-253-573-9869 and AVUE will scan and upload attachments to your application. When faxing documents to AVUE, be sure to provide your full name, the vacancy announcement number, and the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applications may be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. Work history should contain sufficient information to validate qualification and the specialized experience claimed in the questionnaire. Applicants are encouraged to highlight accomplishments that are specific to the duties and specialized experience requirements of this position. This position is being advertised as a Career Ladder GS-0401-9/11. The Target Grade is a GS-11. If position is filled at the lower grade level, selectee may be promoted to the target level without further competition upon meeting qualification requirements. This position is being advertised concurrently under MERIT project (Open to Status Eligibles. Government-wide) vacancy announcement 12-05090056-10671G-wg. Only one position will be filled. Applicants wishing to be considered under both announcements must submit a separate application for each announcement. If you are claiming 10-point preference as a widow/widower of a certain deceased veteran, spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service connected disability, or the mother of a deceased or disabled veteran, you must submit an SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and all supporting documentation listed on the second page of the SF-15. If you fail to submit the supporting documentation with your application, you will not be granted veterans preference. If you are not able to attach the forms to your application, you may fax to 253-573-9869, please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. We expect to make a final job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Please check Job Posting Information, Summary, for the area of consideration (i.e., Who May Apply), and time limit information. Bargaining Unit Status: Not eligible. BASIS OF RATING: The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Quality, Well Qualified, and Eligible. Candidates placed in the Quality category will be assessed based on Education, High Ability, or Experience. Well Qualified candidates are those who clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements but do not necessarily meet the criteria for the Quality category. Candidates in the eligible category meet basic minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the criteria for the Well Qualified category. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Drug testing is a requirement for certain positions. See "Other Significant Facts" portion of this announcement for information specific to position being filled. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement or on the date a referral list is generated from an Open Continuous announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure the work history portion thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position in order to verify specialized experience. If selection is made at a lower grade level, promotion to the target grade will be non-competitive upon completion of training, performance, and specialized experience requirements. Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted. Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Forest Service affiliated child/day care facilities are not available. Government housing is not available. BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc. Transfer of Station/Relocation expenses will not be paid except for current, permanent federal employees. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment. Some positions have other conditions of employment not specified in this announcement. Applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. This position is being advertised under both merit promotion (internal) and demonstration project (external) procedures under separate announcements. Applicants who wish to be considered under both procedures must apply to each announcement and follow the specific instructions applicable to each method. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. Applicants will be required to provide documents with their application to validate their claim for preference. More detailed information is available on the Main Menu screen under the selection entitled, "Veteran Information." Applicants covered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Intergovernmental Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) may apply and will be given priority consideration if determined to be well-qualified. Well-qualified is defined as meeting the qualification standards, selective factors, quality ranking factors, and physical qualifications under the Agency's specific selection process. Completion of a probationary or trial period may be required, depending on the type of appointment. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check our website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs for general information on the Forest Service. Applications must be certified online by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date indicated on the Vacancy Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications early in the opening period. The Forest Service is not responsible for nonreceipt of online applications. You will be notified of successful receipt of your application via the e-mail indicated on your application. [Agency Forest Service] attachments would applicants BACH_3a9945 BETS_ARC_Setter Writes must write through application you