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Fish Biologist Senior Specialist

Washington, DC

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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit .

This position is located in the Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (WO-230) in Washington, DC.

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Physical Demands: There is moderate physical demand and occasional stress associated with meeting tight deadlines and conflict resolutions. Work-related activity while in travel status will involve confinement in sedans or pickups for periods of 6 to 8 hours on rare occasions. It will also involve vehicular travel over rough terrain for periods of up to 4 hours. Travel will require adjustment from sea level to 15,000 feet in elevation and over distances that require time adjustments of 5 hours. Fieldwork and assistance, when required will involve walking and wading in streams and sometimes over rough terrain.

Work Environment: Work is usually performed in an office environment. Occasional fieldwork may include project site visits of less than eight-hour duration.
This position is located in Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the Washington Office where the incumbent serves as a Fishery Biologist. This position is responsible for managing, coordinating, evaluating, and delivering an integrated national comprehensive fisheries program. Major duties include but are not limited to:

Provides information, analyses, and advice on fish and other aquatic resources management to make decisions and recommendations to meet the goals and objectives of the BLM for these resources.

Coordinates and directs the development of fish and other aquatic resources related strategies and guidance in response to the new and changing conditions, policies, and laws.

Provides Bureau wide coordination and policy development and guidance for the group and the Directorate. This position addresses issues of policy, guidance, and internal and external resources coordination for resources/programs found within the group such as: Forestry, Wildlife, Range, Minerals, Hazmat, Cultural, Wilderness, Recreation, Fisheries, Riparian, Realty Use, Law Enforcement, Wild Horse, and Burro, Fire and Aviation, and Engineering, with emphasis in the BLM Fish and other Aquatic Resources Program.

Works with Tribal Governments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on all natural resources issues. This requires both internal and external coordination at all levels of the involved.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel will be as needed.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
- All current DOI employees with competitive eligibility and CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
Be sure to read the How to Apply & Required Documents Sections.
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
Direct Deposit Required.
Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on qualification requirements for this position, please refer to the: .
Basic Education Requirements:
A Bachelor's degree in biological science that included 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects like limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related fishery biology courses; and 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in subjects like general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields; or

A combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with a minimum of 6 semester) hours in aquatic subjects & 12 semester hours in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience Requirements
: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the basic education and specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.

For the GS-14:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level include: Examples of specialized experience include: Experience in fishery resource work involving endangered species restoration; Experience in aquatic and riparian programs; Experience conducting studies involving fish conservation, preservation, and propagation, consideration of construction, contaminants, environmental and recreation; and experience developing plans to provide improved habitat, new food sources, etc.

Substitution of Education
: There is no substitution for education at the GS-14 grade level.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5CFR 300.64. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

The applicant must show in their resume the ability to learn and obtain experience in this position. Applicants who do not qualify for a temporary promotion will be considered for a detail to obtain the experience for future opportunities.

*Selectee is responsible for getting current supervisor's approval.
Additional information
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):
CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP 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 eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to: .

Occasional travel may be required.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures regarding management of fish, including the Federal land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

KSA 2: Knowledge of biological sciences, sufficient to serve as an expert in development of policies and guidelines for management of aquatic habitats and fish populations.

KSA 3: Skill in written and oral communication.
To preview questions please .
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Required Documents
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

- Copy of Transcripts from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, .

- Current DOI career and career-conditional employees: Submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles: please provide documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

If uploading a resume, you must include the following
: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button Apply Online and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Did you forget your username and/or password link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please ****. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must ****
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management
Washington,District of Columbia 20003
United States
Next steps
You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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