U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
NM-PTHWYS-2017-0004
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Wildlife Biologist
Open Period:
11/28/2016 - 12/05/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0486 07
Salary:
USD $40,033 - USD $52,043
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Carlsbad, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Debi Smith
505-954-2081
blm_nm_hr_vacancies@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Recent Graduates
Appointment Type Details:
This is a Recent Graduate position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Carlsbad, NM. Information about Carlsbad and the Carlsbad area can be found at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

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.

This is an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this developmental appointment.

The agency may noncompetitively convert a Recent Graduate who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Recent Graduate successfully completes the BLM’s 1 year developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for the targeted occupational series.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Within the District for field work.

Duties

Evaluates and conducts biological analyses of wildlife ecology and behavior as it relates to land and water resource projects. Identifies the impacts to wildlife habitat and threatened and endangered species; and evaluates inventory and monitoring data to determine population trends and impacts. Serves on interdisciplinary teams addressing wildlife and other natural resource issues and problems; and responsible for writing and reviewing the biological input to a variety of documents.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:
    You will need to clearly state in the resume your undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts, or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades plus date conferred.
    Evaluations:
    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

    Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veteran’s preference (TP); and those (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position. 

    1) Knowledge of the basic theories, principles and concepts related to wildlife biology.

    2) Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret, and analyze directions, regulations and information and skill in using automated systems to input and generate reports.

    3)  Ability to work with a variety of audiences and communicate technical and non-technical information in various formats.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in biological science that included:
    • At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
    • At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and
    • At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
    In order to be eligible for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, the following qualifications must be met: Possess a qualifying associates, bachelor's, master's professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years. Other applicable period may include: (1) Certain veterans precluded from applying within the timeframe described above due to a military service obligation, shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. However, in no event, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07 is described as: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-­05 level assisting higher level professionals with vegetative management for riparian habitat maintenance & enhancement, and wildlife & fisheries habitat management by classifying habitat & vegetation types, determining habitat condition & improvement, and contributing to planning documents; -OR-

    Education: 1 year of graduate education in wildlife biology or a directly related field. (NOTE: 18 semester hours is considered an academic year of graduate study) -OR-

    Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) - S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) or (3) Honor Society Membership - http://www.achsnatl.org/. -OR-

    Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    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 the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    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.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency 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.

    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.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    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 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 contact the HR Office at (505) 954-2081 or blm_nm_hr_vacancies@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).  You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).  If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Verification of Degree: Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit the VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP 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.

    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.
    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.