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Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Edison, New Jersey

Summary

This position is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist, GS- 0401-13 working in Edison, NJ for the R9-Division of Restoration and Recovery.

Responsibilities

As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following: Facilitate and provide technical review, advice, and coordination with EPA on biological aspects related to site contaminant investigations and cleanup activities. Provide technical support for environmental compliance for EPA actions, as they relate to various resource management statutes including, but not limited to: the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Plan and conduct on-site ecological investigations on a wide variety of complex and diverse actual or suspected contaminant sites. Assist the FWS and EPA in developing long-range plans to facilitate future coordination between EPA and FWS in environmental response and the protection of natural resources. Communicate technical information and decisions between EPA and FWS among all participating FWS and EPA personnel. Design and implement procedures to facilitate consolidated communication input to EPA and FWS managers. Recommend new rules, regulations, procedures, or actions necessary to improve and facilitate communication between EPA and FWS. Develop appropriate instructional memoranda, manuals, training programs, and assessment techniques to guide and assist EPA and FWS in meeting their program responsibilities under CERCLA. Participate in joint workshops and meetings to determine potential sites for contaminant investigations and other activities. Participate in joint training sessions between FWS and EPA for the purpose of facilitating mutual exchange of information, knowledge, skills, and expertise. Prepare quarterly progress report to the EPA to include work status, work progress, preliminary data results, and evaluations and their use in response actions, difficulties encountered, and recommendations to alleviate such difficulties, remedial actions taken and predictions of planned activities for the next quarterly reporting period. Maintain awareness of FWS and EPA field capabilities and contaminant field assessments and provide technical assistance to FWS and EPA personnel to maintain a working knowledge of field capabilities and expertise. Advise the EPA and FWS on required actions relating to technical support issues and National policy. Act as liaison between FWS offices and staff to monitor projects funded and performed under the National EPA Interagency Agreement. Facilitate implementation of projects and provide project updates and summaries.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 03/03/2021 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification. Basic Requirement: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Minimum Qualification [GS-13] One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-12 in the Federal service. Experience may include comprehensive knowledge of and technical skill in environmental contaminants fate and effects; design, implement and oversee field sampling, and monitoring studies that investigate potential impacts from contaminants in a variety of habitats and environmental conditions and develop cleanup restoration alternatives; interpret and synthesize data from field investigations or reports; comprehensive knowledge of Federal regulations, policies, and requirements for natural resource conservation and protection; effective oral and written communication with diverse audiences. 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.

Education

PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts. PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional Information

Telework:

This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. For more information visit: OPM's Employee Guide to Career Transition

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