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    Job Title: Biologist (Environmental Contaminants) DEU

    Department: Department Of The Interior

    Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Job Announcement Number: R1-10-380388-DG


    $52,661.00 – $68,457.00 /year


    Friday, August 27, 2010 to Friday, September 17, 2010




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Honolulu, HI


    United States Citizens


    Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature’s beauty and bounty.

    The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office is an Ecological Services office headquartered in Honolulu.

    Ecological Services staff use the best available science and sound managerial techniques to further the Service’s mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In doing this, staff integrate their Federal authorities with social, political, and economic realities to ensure sound resource decisions while recognizing the importance of a partnership approach addressing the needs of stakeholders, since the vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is in private ownership. In addition, education and information dissemination are integral parts of all of our activities.


    : This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to all federal status applicants. See vacancy R1-10-379363-DG.


    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • Background investigation required.
    • Drug test is required.
    • Must wear official USFWS uniform.
    • Must be able to Scuba Dive.
    • Must have valid state driver’s license.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Honolulu, HI

    The incumbent works as a Biologist in the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office doing work involving environmental contaminants.

    Major duties include:

    • Reviewing existing, new, and proposed regulations, legislation, and statutes pertaining to environmental contaminants and fish and wildlife resources.
    • Planning and conducting inspections of existing projects to ensure legal standards and other requirements are met.
    • Serving as a technical expert on environmental contaminants and pesticides and their effects on fish and wildlife resources.
    • Gathering, organizing, and interpreting biological, ecological, pathological, and other information to ensure management plans are current.
    • Negotiating with project proponents and federal/state agencies regarding measures, standards, and procedures to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife resources adversely affected by contaminated sites and discharge permits.
    • Preparing technical reports or studies and investigations regarding environmental contaminants and their effects on fish and wildlife resources.

    At the GS-11 grade level, duties will be performed under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions will be used to determine qualification requirements and is available for review at:


    A. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor’s or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to fish and wildlife biology.


    B. Have an appropriate combination of education and experience which includes completion of courses equivalent to a major field of study (24 semester hours) as in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.


    A. Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service, Specialized experience includes professional biologist work preparing/reviewing biological portions of environmental assessment/impact statements; assisting in development of comprehensive conservation plans or habitat management plans; independently designing and implementing aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration projects; planning and designing studies and field investigations of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats; working with other government agencies, staff members, land owners, and private interest groups in the protection of fish and wildlife resources; interpreting and applying environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act, and National Environmental Policy Act, etc


    B. Have successfully completed at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to or resulting in a Ph.D. degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.


    C. I have a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) and specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of 2 years/36 semester hours may be creditable when combining.


    A. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in Federal Service applying federal and state environment laws, regulations and regulatory processes pertaining to managing habitat restoration or management programs through partnerships with landowners, government and state agencies; experience performing field studies and investigations of fish and wildlife resources; assisting others in providing biological information; experience participating in negotiations and briefings on environmental issues, and experience working with environmental contaminants and developing plans for habitat restoration.

    This Position Has A Positive Education Requirement. All applicants MUST provide a copy of their college transcripts to support all education claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement, or you will receive no further consideration. If selected, you will need to have an official copy of your transcripts sent by the college or university.

    Education (post-high school) must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    NOTE: If individual courses are not easily identifiable as satisfying the various course categories shown in the Basic Requirements and they are needed to meet the minimum standard, you MUST submit written course descriptions verified by the school, i.e., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description for each applicable class to be qualifying. Your own notations/comments are NOT official verification.

    Undergraduate Education: One full year of undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school.

    Graduate Education: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined represents one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester or 27 quarter hours is considered as one year of graduate study.

    Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentation or proof that the applicable educational provisions have been met.


    Physical Demands: The work required some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, as well as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity.

    Work Environment: The position requires both office and outdoor work. The offic eid adequatelly lighted, heated, and ventilated. Temperature and weathre extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work.

    Scuba Diving: The employee must be able to conduct dive operations as an authorized Fish and Wildlife Service Diver in support of scientific diving activities in areas such as harbors, exposed coral reefs, and remote locations both within the United States and its territories, as well as in areas such as the Freely Associated States (e.g. the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau).

    Probationary Period: Appointment to this position may include a requirement for a one-year probationary period.

    Background Investigation: Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. The sensitivity level of this position is designated “non-sensitive” for security purposes.

    Drug Testing: Applicants selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random drug testing for illegal drug use.

    Driver’s License: Applicants must possess a valid State driver’s license at the time of their appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.

    Uniform: Selectees must wear the Fish and Wildlife Service uniform according to Service policy.

    Direct Deposit: All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

    Government Charge Card: New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.


    Diane S. Golden
    Phone: (503)231-6136
    TDD: (503)231-6166
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    911 NE 11 Ave
    Portland, OR 97232


    Once the online assessment questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the vacancy closes, a review of your complete application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    How To Apply


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