New job Wildlife Biologist in Alaska

Wildlife Biologist

Company : US Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Salary : $48,852 - $77,681 a year
Location : Alaska

Full Description



This position is a Wildlife Biologist, GS- 0486-7/9 working in Homer, AK for the R7-Maritime National Wildlife Refuge or in Tok, AK, for the R7-Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.

This position is also open to the public under announcement MR-21-11149711-MR-DE. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.


As a Wildlife Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Major duties will involve support of a multi-decade seabird monitoring program. These duties will broadly cover logistical support, planning, field work implementation, and data summarization.
  • Enters data into and extracts data from Access databases and spreadsheets.
  • Provides written reports of field projects.
  • Coordinates and oversees logistics for remote biological projects.
  • Conducts biological field work including avian surveys and a diversity of other inventory and monitoring projects.
  • May camp in a remotely-located field site or travel aboard the FWS research vessel for several weeks to several months at a time.
  • Develops and prepares information and technical assistance to partners, cooperating scientists, cooperators, the public and a variety of entities.
  • Develops, prepares, and delivers oral presentations and training to the public, staff, volunteers, and professional groups related to conservation, research, and monitoring projects.
  • May be scheduled to work weekends, holidays, and overtime to meet program needs.
  • Edits and writes safety plans and planning documents for project activities.
  • May provide work direction for temporary/seasonal and volunteer personnel up to 25% of the time.
  • Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0486 Wildlife Biology

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
    • Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
    • Driver?s License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
    • Firearm: Selectees will be required to carry a firearm in the performance of your duties.
    • Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.
    • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.


    Only experience and education obtained by 07/06/2021 will be considered.

    In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

    Basic Requirement:
    • Degree: biological science that included: 1. 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. OR
    • Combination of education and experience: I have a degree that is equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    Minimum Qualification [GS-7]
    • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-5 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as Collected terrestrial and aquatic animal information such as presence and condition; Assisted with the assessment of habitat conditions for native wildlife and aquatic species; Created maps and assisted with developing habitat management and improvement plans; Assisted biologists in terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvement or restoration work; Compiled biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys; and/or ability to conduct weed management to benefit fish and wildlife. OR
    • A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement.
    Minimum Qualification [GS-9]
    • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-7 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Prepared plans for collecting terrestrial and aquatic animal information such as presence, condition, and/or breeding status; Assessed habitat conditions and suitability for native wildlife and aquatic species; Developed draft copies of habitat management and improvement plans; Interpreted biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys; and/or applied herbicide to conduct invasive weed management. OR
    • A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement
    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.

    Time In Grade Requirement: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,
    i. Area of Consideration.
    ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
    iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.
    iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method
    Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

    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/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

    For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit:"

    Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority: Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC and received a certificate of non-competitive eligibility. Completed most recent Corps service, for which a certificate of non-competitive eligibility was issued, within the last 2 years. Appointment must be effected within the 2 year period.


    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:

    Additional information

    Yes, entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. All moving expenses are taxable.

    For Homer, AK - In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements MAY be authorized for this position including contractor-provided home sale.
    For Tok, AK - In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements May be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.

    This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures.

    Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA. Performance documentation can be obtained by contacting the supervisors for the positions you served in during your 24 months. If they did not complete performance appraisals ask them to provide a statement of performance for each period of service. The statement must specify the dates for each employment period and your level of performance (dates should match the dates on the SF-50s).

    Current appointees:

    • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
    • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND
    • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

    Former appointees:

    • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency;
    • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;
    • Must apply for position within 2 years after separation;
    • Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND
    • Must have performed at an acceptable level.

    Alaska Positions: The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will receive a 2.86% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 5.80% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and grade decrease.

    Applicants are ineligible for this position if ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.

    Alaska Return Rights: If you are a current U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee and you are transferring from a Region outside of Alaska, you will be eligible to return to a position in your home Region upon completion of a minimum 3-year tour of duty in Alaska. If you exercise this option, your home Region will place you in a position of equivalent grade in the same general occupational classification series that you occupied in Alaska. For the professional series at the GS-5 level or above.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Note: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Knowledge of the theories, principles, concepts, and methods of wildlife biology and wildlife management; of habitat, status, ecology, conservation of wildlife species and related biological and physical science disciplines sufficient to develop and carry-out biological programs and/or scientific studies.
    • Skill in written communication to include technical writing, sufficient to prepare correspondence, scientific and administrative reports, management plans, and a variety of informational materials following standard procedures/formats.
    • Knowledge of logistics involved with standard, technical biological studies or assessments sufficient to efficiently conduct and complete projects in remote field locations.
    • Awareness of American Indian(s) or Natives culture, tradition and use of natural resources for subsistence and other purposes sufficient to interact in a culturally sensitive, tactful, and objective manner.
    • Skill in using computer equipment and a variety of software (such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems) to conduct data collection, analysis and development; and to prepare statistical reports, biological surveys and other related briefing material.
    • Ability to design and safely conduct a variety of biological surveys and investigations, including planning logistics in remote areas involving boats and aircraft, sufficient to gather environmental and biological data.
    • Ability to work effectively with others to delegate and prioritize work; to provide quality control oversight of work products; to coordinate activities with others; and, when applicable, to provide technical instructions to lower grade biologists and technicians.

    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    You must submit a complete application package. We will not make assumptions about your experience and/or education.

    Required Documents:

    1. Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number. Additional information on what to include can be found here. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

    2. College Transcripts: Please refer to the education section above for additional information. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    3. SF-50: (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position.

    Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility please review the How to Apply for Reinstatement page for all required documents.

    If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.

    Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.

    4. Performance Appraisal: Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 Member Copy 2 or 4 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form (i.e. VA letter). You may not be awarded preference if you do not attach the correct Veteran Documentation as specified above.

    3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

    Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    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.

  • Benefits


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    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.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Govt. Wide: Current Career or Career Conditional Federal Employees, Land Management eligibles, 30% disabled veterans, Military Spouse, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Vista, VRA, VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, Reinstatement eligibles, PLC.

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