About this Job
This position is part of the Everglades Restoration Program in the USFWS South Florida Ecological Services Field Office - Vero Beach, Florida.
Plan, evaluate, and conduct a wide variety of complex ecological investigations or inspections involving complex land and water resource developmental projects, proposals and/or license applications/renewals.
Review and /or prepare biological portions of environmental assessment/impact statements.
Conduct private land wetland impact restorations.
Lead efforts in the development of review and processing of research/recovery permits and other recovery/ESA-related documents in coordination with Federal, Tribal, and State agencies.
Develop comprehensive fish and/or wildlife mitigation or management plans.
Gather, organize, and interpret biological, ecological, pathological, public use, or other pertinent information to insure management plans are current.
Provide technical assistance and regulatory information to other Service programs and agencies.
Attend public meetings and hearings.
Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.
Basic Education Requirement for 0401 Occupational Series:
Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
A combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major, as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must have been sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to perform Fish and Wildlife Biologist work, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4 year course of study with a major study in one of the appropriate fields.
Additional Qualification for the GS-11 grade level:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: plan and conduct investigations to determine the impact of land and water development projects upon the fish and/or wildlife resources of an area; review and report on permit applications; conduct private land wetland restorations including landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, etc.; prepare and review biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions; plan, organize, and implement biological work and/or habitat preservation and development work.
Completion of 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a directly related field.
An equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year which together 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.