Permits Biologist

Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Baileys Crossroads , Virginia

Summary
This position serves as a Permits Biologist, providing scientific and management guidance in the conservation of species, populations, and habitats affected by international trade under the jurisdiction of the Service; and provide technical advice, disseminate information, and identify and resolve problems associated with the management and processing of permit requests for import-export and trade of wildlife.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluates a variety of permit request to ensure that all legal, administrative, and bioligical requirements are met, and that decisions are supported to withstand legal and/or biological challenge.
  • Coordinates evaluation of requests with other Fish and Wildlife Service offices to ensure that management and scientific comments, finding and recommendations are obtained.
  • Keeps the Branch Chief informed of potentially controversial issues and advises him/her on the biological and regulatory merit of application requests in relation to the requirements of regulations Laws, and treaties.
  • Process escalated routine permit requests typically handled by Legal Instrument Examiners, and reassigned by the Supervisor when they require further scientific research.

Qualifications
Only experience and education obtained by will be considered.

GS-401 Educational Requirements

Degree: major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A photo copy of official transcripts MUST be (uploaded) submitted, by the closing date, to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position. OR

You must have an appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. 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 as described above. A photo copy of official transcripts MUST be (uploaded) submitted, by the closing date, to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position

You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of experience may include: Apply principles of landscape level conservation biology as it relates to fish, wildlife, and plant populations; write technical reports on species conservation to evaluate biological findings; interpret Federal, State, and/or County laws, regulations, and policies in the area of fish and wildlife resources; and review reports and correspondence to ensure that the written products are technically accurate, organized and well written; OR
  • A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include biology, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, related disciplines; OR
  • A combination of education and experience as listed above.

You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of experience may include: Apply principles of landscape level conservation biology as it relates to fish, wildlife, and plant populations; write complex and technical reports on species conservation to evaluate biological findings for senior level management; interpret and analyze Federal, State, and/or County laws, and international regulations, and policies in the area of fish and wildlife resources; and review reports and correspondence to ensure that the written products are technically accurate, organized and well written for internal and external publication.; OR
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include biology, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or other related discipline; OR
  • A combination of education and experience as listed above.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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