Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Recent Graduate)

Open & closing dates

02/11/2019 to 02/25/2019

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Department of the Interior


$33,394 to $53,773 (per per year)

Appointment type

Recent Graduates

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Announcement number: NH-19-10386585-JS-RG
Control number: 524151300


Job is available in following locations:

Anchorage, Alaska
Phoenix, Arizona
Whiteriver, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
Palm Springs, California
Sacramento, California
Ventura, California
Yreka, California
Commerce City, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Honolulu, Hawaii
Boise, Idaho
Chubbuck, Idaho
Manhattan, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Bloomington, Minnesota
Helena, Montana
Bismarck, North Dakota
Pahrump, Nevada
Reno, Nevada
State College, Pennsylvania
Boqueron, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Pierre, South Dakota
Cookeville, Tennessee
West Valley City, Utah
Baileys Crossroads, Virginia
Gloucester, Virginia
Spokane, Washington
Williamstown, West Virginia
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Green River, Wyoming

Major Duties

The Recent Graduates Program lasts for one year. During the first year the selectee will perform developmental activities designed to help him/her acquire the competencies of the target position in which the he/she may be placed upon completion of the program. Participants who successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program may be eligible for conversion to the target position on a permanent (more than one to four years in duration) basis without further competition. The duties of a Fish and Wildlife Biologist you will be responsible for carrying out professional work in the biological sciences or related natural science field to plan, develop, coordinate and implement biological programs. Duties may include: Independently perform routine, less complex studies or assessments or work with a senior biologist on larger more complex investigations/assessments Research potential impacts of proposed Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened and endangered species and prepares draft biological opinions as required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments for the supervisor's review and/or discussion. Participate in the review and/or preparation of biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions on Federal fish and wildlife resources of concern. Accompany supervisor or senior biologists conducting private land wetland impact restorations Independently review and process routine research/recovery permits and other recovery/ESA-related documents Assist in the development, coordination, and review of plans that may encompass any and all Service programs that affect fish and/or wildlife and their habitat conditions including, but not limited to, fire management, moist soil management, cooperative farming, wetland management, water quantity/quality, timber/forestry, or grassland management and/or restoration. Plan, organize, and conduct biological work and/or habitat preservation studies. Analyzes results and develops objective reports on progress and completion of studies Accompany supervisor and senior biologists to various meetings, hearings, and events to discuss proposed or existing development projects


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 theory, principles and methods of fish and wildlife biology, fishery biology, and/or wildlife biology and a working familiarity with related disciplines Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the endangered and threatened species program in order to prepare and review documents, ensure compliance with them, and provide biological interpretations/definitions on specific passages, phrases, and terms in the ESA. Ability to research literature (including familiarity with appropriate scientific journals and computer searching processes), analyze data, and apply scientific methods Ability to communicate orally to inform peers and cooperators/partners, explain results, and present information Ability to communicate in writing to prepare correspondence, and reports for diverse audiences. 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. § 302.302 Examination of applicants. (a)Eligibility. An evaluation of the qualifications of applicants for positions covered by this part may be conducted at any time before an appointment is made. The evaluation may involve only determination of eligibility or ineligibility or may include qualitative rating of candidates. If the evaluation involves only basic eligibility numerical scores will not be assigned and eligible candidates will be referred in accordance with the procedures described in paragraph (b)(5) of § 302.304.

Required Documents

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.Please provide graduation date/ expected graduation date on your Resume. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. Transcripts: 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: Other supporting documents: Cover Letter, optional 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.)