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Interdisciplinary Biologist/Ecologist

Company: Department Of The Interior
Location: Spokane
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Job Description:

Overview Open & closing dates Opening and closing dates08/28/2020 to 09/10/2020 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 14 Salary $107,807 to $140,146 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time Duties SummaryWhat General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?The duty station of this position may remain that of the selectee or may be any USGS location that is agreed upon by the selecting official and the selectee. If the agreed upon location results in the relocation of the selectee, the travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are authorized.will be paid by the Federal Government.This is an interdisciplinary position may be filled as a Biologist or Ecologist.ResponsibilitiesAs a Invasive Species Program Manger within the Office of the Associate Director for Ecosystems, some of your specific duties will include: Serves as technical staff expert on invasive species in the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area.Leads USGS invasive species activities across Ecosystems Mission Area in collaboration with the Department and other agencies and organizations; coordinates with other mission areas and represents USGS at intra-agency meetings.Develops and evaluates national science program strategies and activities in collaboration with other agencies and organizations to address invasive species issues.Prepares materials and communications to explain, support, advocate, and defend invasive species research in the USGS, the Department, the Office of Management and Budget, other agencies and organizations, and before Congressional staff and committees.Manages and tracks the invasive species budget, develops budget justifications and initiatives, establishes funding priorities, and ensures consistency with Ecosystem Mission Area goals.Operates a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver. Salary: $107,807 (Step 01) to $140,146 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position up to at total of 5 nights per month. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 14 Requirements Conditions of EmploymentKey Requirements:Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record.Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. QualificationsBASICEDUCATIONREQUIREMENT FOR BIOLOGIST, GS-0401: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Biologist, all grade levels.A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)BASICEDUCATIONREQUIREMENT FOR ECOLOGIST, GS-0408: Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Ecologist, all grade levels.Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent in ecology, and 12 semester hours or the equivalent in physical and mathematical sciences.FOR GS-14:In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience could include: 1) planning, executing, and reporting on original studies requiring innovative approaches to solving new problems for invasive species; 2) making complicated decisions or policies; 3) leading invasive species management issues; and 4) considerable experience working with Federal and State natural resource managers and management agencies to understand management needs, especially with invasive species. The complexity of this work typically required extensive modification and adaptation of standard procedures, methods, and techniques, and the development of new methods and techniques to address problems for which guidelines or precedents were not applicable. The selectee must have demonstrated knowledge and technical ability to understand and integrate various elements of invasive species ecology/biology.You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.EducationExperience 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.Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .Additional informationOther Information:Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.Agency Benefits:USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. 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.For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: .Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.--Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:Scientific KnowledgeInterpersonal CommunicationProgram/Project ManagementLeadership & SupervisionTeamworkWritten Communication--Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.--NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Position sensitivity and riskNon-sensitive (NS)/Low RiskTrust determination processThis job is open to Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee. The public U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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