As a trainee specialist, the incumbent is expected to complete progressively more difficult developmental assignments that expand the employee's understanding of work site concepts and underlying principles and program requirements.
Learns how to prepare, evaluate, and conduct progressively more complex biological analyses of wildlife ecology/ behavior in as it relates to land and water resource projects; independently processed permit applications, compliant with federal law.
Independently design and assist in implementing habitat improvement/restoration projects for the field or state office in coordination with other more senior wildlife biologists or the supervisor; monitor and survey sensitive species and habitats.
Know and identify the impacts to wildlife habitat and threatened/endangered species by other resource activities; evaluates inventory and monitoring data to determine population trends and impacts.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience.
This position has a positive education requirement:
Degree: Bachelor's Degree in wildlife biology or a related field that included 9 semester hours in mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management or wildlife research courses AND 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as vertebrate/invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, AND 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. I will provide a copy of my college transcript; OR a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological science (at least 30 semester hours) with 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology and 9 semester hours in botany as described above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must meet the following specialized experience requirements:
For GS-05: Meet the basic requirement for Wildlife Biologist.
For GS-07: Meet the basic requirement AND one (1) year of professional wildlife biologist experience equivalent to GS-05 in the Federal service. At this level, work is entry level with close supervision. Examples are assisting higher level professionals with vegetative management for riparian habitat maintenance & enhancement, and wildlife & fisheries habitat management by classifying habitat & vegetation types, determine habitat condition & improvement, contribute to planning document OR meet the basic requirement AND one (1) year of graduate education in wildlife biology or a directly related field OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A) OR meet the basic requirement AND I possess an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.
Superior Academic Achievement (See OPM's General Policies, Application of Qualification Standards Section 4.f.) S.A.A. must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Physical Demands: The work is sedentary but may occasionally require some physical exertion such as walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces and exposure to extreme temperatures. The field duties of this position require that the employee operate four-wheel drive vehicles on and off roads in isolated areas.
Work Environment: Work is performed in the office and field locations under a variety of topographic and climatic conditions.
Note: Selections may be made for future vacancies in any of the Districts within the State of Nevada listed below:
Battle Mountain District (Battle Mountain, Tonopah or Eureka, NV)
Carson City District (Carson City, Reno, Fernley, Minden or Stead, NV or Doyle, CA)
Elko District (Elko, Carlin, Wells or Midas, NV)
Ely District (Ely, Caliente or Pony Springs, NV)
Nevada State Office (Reno, NV)Southern Nevada District (Las Vegas, Logandale or Pahrump, NV)
Winnemucca District (Winnemucca, McDermitt, Lovelock or Paradise Valley, NV)
This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER).
Additionally you must upload copies of ALL unofficial transcripts or a list of all college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university, with your application. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.
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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/lnteragency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
This position is offering a Relocation/Recruitment Incentive, 10% of the annual salary for duty locations in Winnemucca, NV. To be eligible for a Relocation Incentive, you must be a current Federal Employee and the selectee must be employed with the Federal Government and the selectees current duty location is more than 50 miles from the duty location of this position. To be eligible for a Recruitment Incentive, selectee must not be employed by the Federal Government.
The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under number NV Merit-21-11025124-KK, for status candidates and special hiring authority eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document, you do not have in electronic form; view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application