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Supervisory Fish Biologist

Summary

This position is a Supervisory Fish Biologist, GS- 0482-13/14 working in Carbondale or Wilmington, IL for the R3-Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

Responsibilities

As the Project Leader/Field Office Supervisor for the Carterville FWCO, incumbent exercises line and management responsibility of office to protect and conserve fish and wildlife resources through habitat conservation and restoration activities, actions related to aquatic invasive species, and coordination of projects that are of national and regional importance. Incumbent provides technical and policy guidance to subordinate staff and serves as a key advisor to the Regional Management Team on federal trust fish and wildlife issues. Duties of this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide leadership, direction, and oversight for coordination, consultation and technical services to Federal and State agencies, Congressional delegations, nongovernmental organizations, Tribal governments, and other public agencies.
  • Oversee the Carbondale, IL and Wilmington, IL office staff providing day to day guidance and direction.
  • Provide leadership for the Fisheries Program on the Monitoring and Response Workgroup.
  • Provide technical leadership to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee and Mississippi River Interstate Cooperative Resource Association in developing strategy regarding Asian carp monitoring and evaluation in Upper Illinois River and Mississippi River Basin.
  • Participate with the Regional Fisheries Program as member of the Fisheries Regional Management Team to develop fish and wildlife resource policies and programs.
Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-14. 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-14.

Travel Required

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

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.Driver?s License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.Supervisory Probationary Period: Selectees who have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.Notice of Financial Disclosure Report Requirement: This position is subject to a financial disclosure requirement and you will be required to complete either OGE Form 278e or OGE Form 450 as applicable within 30 days of your appointment

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 10/21/2020 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:
  1. A degree with a major in biological science that included (1) at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and (2) at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.) NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcripts to support educational claims; . OR
  2. A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcripts to support educational claims.

Minimum Qualification GS-13

One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-12 in the Federal service. Experience includes providing leadership for the design and implementation of biological programs; supervising staff to reach conservation goals; overseeing a project budget; preparing comprehensive fish management plans to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish resources and habitat; and conducting program or project development.

Minimum Qualification GS-14

One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-13 in the Federal service. Experience includes providing leadership for the design and implementation of comprehensive biological programs; supervising a large staff working across a large geographical area; overseeing a large complicated budget; preparing comprehensive fish management plans to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish resources and habitat; and conducting ongoing analyses of programs.


. 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: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,
i. Area of Consideration.
ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method
Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

Education

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Note: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications 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):
  • Mastery of fish biology in order to provide authoritative oversight of the projects at Carterville FWCO and to advise on major regional conservation programs.
  • Experience and skill in coordinating programs with Federal/State agencies, Congressional delegations, nongovernmental organizations, Tribal governments, and other public agencies to accomplish common goals and resolve complex resource issues.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex biological and/or bio-political resource management issues in writing with high level officials, senior scientists in government, private industry and academia, through briefings and/or testimony.
  • Ability to administer and manage a complex suite of financial resources from diverse sources.
  • Ability to supervise and manage professional and technical personnel.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.