THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of
announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available
source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and
qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the
location and grade for which you applied.
Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled
and the dates when applications are due for these locations may be
found at Forest Service website.
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- The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance
- Provide professional wildlife expertise in protection,
management, and improvement of wildlife within framework of
multiple-use management of forest and range lands.
- Correlate wildlife management with other resource uses (e.g.
timber, recreation, and minerals management) and implement wildlife
habitat management programs with emphasis on maintaining and
- Conduct and monitor special studies on habitat of unique, rare,
threatened and endangered species and make recommendations for
- Prepare or review biological evaluations for threatened,
endangered or sensitive species.
- Prepare project work plans and coordinate project work with
other unit personnel considering wildlife habitat requirements in
relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range
- Develop or provide input into annual program of work
determining budgeting and staffing needs.
- Prepare reports and recommendations on wildlife program
activities measuring responses to management activities, including
annual surveys to determine status of endangered, threatened,
sensitive, and other wildlife species and animal damage
- Provide leadership in inventories and evaluation of habitat
conditions and needs for upland game, small game, big game,
waterfowl, fur-bearers, and non-game species.
- Performs supervisory duties 20% of the time.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0486 Wildlife Biology
- Biologists, Wildlife
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service
registered or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background
investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to
have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and
qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the
certificate of eligible candidates is issued. For more information
on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of
Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification
Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess
the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for
qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as
Degree: biological science that included:
- 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
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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional
In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also
possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-09: One-year specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-07 grade level OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2
full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading
to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate
combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate
education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify
applicants for this grade level). The education must have been
obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following:
Served as an advanced trainee specializing in wildlife biology and
performing common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife
resources; Conducted surveys and drafting tentative professional
opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and
remedies; Assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific
assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included
researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that
support wildlife project recommendations.
For the GS-11: One-year specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-09 grade level OR successful completed three (3) years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.
degree or have received a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in
biological science or directly related coursework. OR A combination
of graduate level education (beyond 18 semester hours) and
specialized experience that is directly related to this position
that together meets the qualification requirements for this
position. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the
following: Provided input in the wildlife management program by
gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental
conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship
of wildlife resources with other resources; Analyzed data and
recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of
wildlife resources issues, e.g., interpreting the effect and impact
of changes on wildlife habitat as a result of specific resource
activities; Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and
revision of wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data
obtained from studies and field surveys.
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.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee
in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion
opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52
weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line
of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must
be met by the closing date of this announcement.
SEE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE QUALIFICATIONS