Fish and Wildlife Biologist: Colorado

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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This announcement is to fill Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Grants), GS- 0401-11/12 positions in the Southeast Region, Northeast Region, and in the Mountain-Prairie Region (Lakewood, Colorado). The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners with state agencies, Native American tribes, and conservation organizations throughout the United States and its territories to achieve on-the-ground conservation results. This dedicated team of professionals administers more than $1 billion annually in grants to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats, provide for aquatic resource and hunter education programs, and expand and improve fish and wildlife-oriented recreation and boating access opportunities for the public. As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist (Grants), your duties will include but are not limited to the following: --Analyze grant proposals to determine whether they 1) are eligible for funding under the respective act and applicable regulations; 2) comply with applicable laws and regulations, WSFR policy, OMB circulars, Executive Orders, etc.; 3) are biologically sound; 4) are designed economically; and 5) will result in benefits commensurate with cost; and recommend approval/ disapproval of grant proposals and prepares related documentation and correspondence for appropriate signature level. --Monitor and evaluate project activities in the field to determine progress in accomplishment of stated project objectives. --Review ongoing projects to ensure that their development and/or use is carried out as originally proposed; and through a combination of on-site evaluations and written reports, review progress and results of projects to confirm that proposals constitute effective and efficient expenditure of funds. --Develop and maintain courteous, cooperative, and effective working relationships with peers and with grantee agency personnel; and exercise sound judgment in recognizing and treating sensitive issues of State, Regional, and National concern. --Keep the supervisor and other appropriate management officials informed of sensitive and/or potentially controversial program issues and problems. --Represent the Service when providing consultation, advice, and guidance to the professional staff of the State fish and wildlife agencies or other agencies; and provide informal training to States, Tribes, private industry, local government participants, regional scientists, and program officials on matters related to WSFR regulations, operating procedures, policies, planning, grant documentation, and biological issues. --Serve as a technical advisor for Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and National Environmental Policy Act compliance knowledge and issues, including consultations for WSFR grant proposals and programmatic agreements with other agencies.
Basic Requirement: A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Minimum Qualification [GS-12] One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience may include: 1) applied the principles of fish and wildlife biology and habitat management in reviewing proposed grant projects for biological soundness, cost effectiveness, and compatibility with objectives of Federal financial assistance programs and has provided advice and guidance to organizations requesting grants and to evaluate the proposed projects of States, Territories, Native American Tribes or other natural resource organizations; 2) reviewed the need for proposed research, evaluated the scientific efficacy of potential projects, and recommended improvements in methods and management approaches of fish and wildlife conservation and management practices, land acquisition policy or wildlife-associated education principles; 3) managed conservation grant programs and has an understanding of financial assistance legislation to comply with relevant State and Federal regulations; 4) managed land acquisition projects; evaluated associated legal instruments and special use permits and other land use agreements; and conducted personal property reporting and inventory procedures to monitor an organization's acquisition projects. Minimum Qualification [GS-11] A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Experience may include: 1) Performed fish or wildlife research or habitat management; and developed survey methods or management approaches of fish and wildlife conservation, management practices, or wildlife-associated education principles; 2) managed grant-funded fish or wildlife research or management projects; and applied financial assistance legislation to support compliance requirements of the grant program; 3) applied land or water acquisition projects and associated legal instruments including special use permits and other land use agreements; and conducted personal property reporting and inventory procedures to monitor an organization's acquisition and management projects. OR B. Three 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR C. Combination of graduate education and experience that when combined equals 100% of the requirements. 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.
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