The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing enjoyment of people. The Panama City Field Office contains both an Ecological Service Office and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.
The Ecological Services Program (ES)’s mission is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats through consultation, cooperation and communication. ES is responsible for the administration of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ES program works through its major functional areas of Listing and Critical Habitat Management, Candidate Conservation, Recovery and Consultation, Conservation Planning Assistance, Environmental Contaminants, Partners for Fish & Wildlife and Coastal Programs, and the National Wetlands Inventory Program in the Regional Office and field offices across the Region to conserve and restore endangered and threatened species, species-at-risk and other trust resources, and the ecosystems upon which they depend. We provide professional, comprehensive services and support throughout Florida, the southeast U.S. and territories in the Caribbean.
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program serves a vital role in conserving America’s fisheries in partnership with States, Tribes, Federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in a larger effort to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Program consists of National Fish Hatcheries, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices (FWCO), and the Regional Fisheries Center which includes a Fish Health Center and a Fish Technology Center. Employees work with partners throughout Florida, the southeast U.S. and territories in the Caribbean. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices provide scientific leadership and technical assistance in the management and restoration of aquatic resources and habitats, working in partnership with private entities as well as Federal and State agencies, and Tribal governments. Priorities include conservation of native inter-jurisdictional and imperiled fishes; providing technical assistance on Tribal, Federal, and military lands; restoring fish passage and vital fish habitat; addressing aquatic invasive species impacts, and conserving and recovering aquatic species.
This position is shared a Biological Technician GS-404-6/7 between the co-located FWCO and ES offices in Panama City, FL.
Only experience and education obtained by 12/10/2019 will be considered.
Minimum Qualifications for the 0404 Occupational Series at the GS-6 grade level:
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: Monitors and implements activities related to conservation, management, or control of multi-faceted fish and/or wildlife; Collects biological and water resources data from field investigations and reports findings to determine the impact on fish and wildlife resources; Operates a variety of field equipment commonly used in research studies, including fish and wildlife sampling gear; Uses automated databases to enter, organize and perform preliminary analysis of collected data; Conducts outreach and provides information on fish and wildlife resources to groups and individuals. OR
Completion of at least 9 semester hours of graduate education from an accredited college or university in a discipline related to the position. OR
A combination of specialized experience (as described above) and education (as described above) that, when prorated, combine to meet the qualification requirements for this position. Experience and education are each computed as percentages of their respective requirements and must equal 100 percent when combined. (Only graduate level education is creditable to meet this standard.)
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 performance level of GS-6. 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-7. 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.