New job Biologist in New York


Company : US Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Salary : $77,488 - $100,739 a year
Location : New York

Full Description



This position is a Biologist, GS- 0401-12 working in Basom, NY for the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.


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

  • Plan, organize, lead and analyze aquatic invasive species (AIS) fieldwork.
  • Lead lower-graded biologists and field crews.
  • Review management plans, study proposals, and survey proposals from junior biologists to ensure compatibility and compliance with program objectives.
  • Plan, conduct, and coordinate complex field and laboratory investigations in AIS early detection, monitoring, and control.
  • Present biological findings from AIS surveys in scientific forums and regional meetings.
  • Provide technical advice on matters related to AIS prevention, control, and management.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • 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).
    • 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.
    • Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.
    • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Supervisory Probationary Period: Selectees who have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.


    Only experience and education obtained by 07/23/2021 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    Minimum Qualification [GS-12]
    • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to grade GS-11 in the Federal service performing work involving aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention, detection, response, and/or education. Experience includes (1) developing, executing, and managing aquatic field projects; (2) using aquatic and fisheries sampling gear (e.g., electrofishing units, gill nets, trap nets, trawls, substrate samplers); (3) leading field crews, seasonal employees, and/or volunteers; (4) establishing and maintaining partnerships with other agencies, universities, private organizations, and/or non-governmental organizations; (5) budget management, including tracking purchases, obligations, and commitments; (6) writing technical summaries, project reports, and/or peer-reviewed articles; and/or (7) presenting scientific results of investigations and studies to both scientific and general 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.


    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

    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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    All applicants who submit a complete and legible application by the closing date of this vacancy announcement will have their qualifications reviewed to determine if they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position.

    • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy when interacting with Federal, State, local agencies, private and national organizations, private landowners, and the general public.
    • Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, concepts methodologies and techniques of biology and an in depth working knowledge of related biological and ecological fields (e.g., fish biology, ecology, conservation science, wildlife biology, and botany) in order to conduct biological studies and investigations of issues or problems affecting aquatic natural resources and to determine the effect and impact of land and water development projects, various fish management techniques and habitat restoration and management actions.
    • Knowledge of landscape-level conservation and aquatic ecosystem functionality, enabling the incumbent to deal with issues involving a variety of distinct habitats, species assemblages, and natural processes.
    • Skill in providing direction and oversight for biological projects.
    • Ability to communicate in writing in order to prepare technical reports and develop training materials.

    Applicants eligible for priority consideration under DOI's Career Transition Assistance Program/Plan, employees eligible under the Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP). Eligible candidates on the Reemployment Placement List (RPL). A qualified and eligible permanent DOI employee may be selected before an ICTAP eligible.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    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: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A copy of your official transcripts may be required if you are selected.

    Additional Documentation if applicable:

    1. Cover Letter

    2. 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.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position.

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