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Natural Resources Specialist

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Fort Wainwright ,  Alaska

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Location: Fairbanks is host to many different cultures; unique shopping and dining facilities as well as sporting activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, snowboarding and skiing. We have spectacular views of the Northern Lights and larger than life ice sculptures. Population is about 87,000. Winter brings consistent snow conditions from November through March. Winter temperatures average 8 degrees F to minus 19 degrees F with extremes down to minus 30s; summer temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s.

The advertised salary does not include current rate of 4.22% tax free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

As a Natural Resources Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Update and monitor implementation of Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans and the Ecosystem Management program to comply with the Sikes Act. 
  • Determine population status, trends, and problems of wildlife species to meet habitat evaluation procedures, population enhancement programs, and integrated land management planning. 
  • Develop and manage wetlands and forestry management programs. 
  • Provide oversight of natural and cultural resources. Maintain liaison with officials of outside agencies to include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies and organizations involved in natural resources work.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: conducting field studies and surveys for wildlife and forest management ecology; and making recommendations on managing natural resources to include forestry, wetland resources and wildlife population(s). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Natural Resource Management to Include Wildlife, Forestry, and Wetland Ecosystems
  • Knowledge of Forestry, Wetland, and Aquatic Ecosystems and Associated Species
  • Skill in Conducting Studies and Surveys on Wildlife Forest Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Ability to Communicate Orally
  • Ability to Communicate in Writing

This position has a basic educational entry requirement: Please refer to the responses to Question 1 at View Assessment Questions for a list of all possible ways to meet the basic education requirement.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets one of the definitions below:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the position. OR Combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-11 level.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. 

Other Requirements:

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

Work requires regular and recurring strenuous physical exertion related to natural resources management work to include hiking and climbing rough, steep terrain several days per week. Must be able to backpack with up to 50 pounds of weight and camp for a few days.
Work involves exposure to driving on unimproved roads, adverse field conditions, flying in helicopters to and from wilderness areas and hiking in steep terrain and wilderness in dirty, uncomfortable, wet and cold conditions.

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