This position is part of the R9-Assistant Director-NWRS. As a Fish and Wildlife Adminstrator (Chief of Staff), you will be responsible for serving as advisor to the Chief's office at the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) headquarters on management and administration matters. You will support the Chief's office by addressing issues as assignment and representing leadership, providing advice and assistance on issue resolution.
Note the close date has been extended to 10/21/2020.
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- Serve as an expert consultant and provide advice to the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Leadership Team concerning controversial and complex scientific, political, and economic issues.
- Exercise leadership skill in integrating multiple aspects of ecosystem management, refuge management, fisheries management, ecological services, and the migratory birds, federal aid and law enforcement programs.
- Participate with NWRS Leadership Team in interpreting policies, standards, procedures, legislation and legal decisions, and assessing their impact on NWRS management practices and programs.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
- May be required to successfully complete a supervisory probationary period
- Must have or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license
- Financial disclosure form OGE-450
Only experience and education obtained by 10/21/2020 will be considered.
IMPORTANT: Human Resources is not permitted to "read between the lines," make assumptions about, or infer what duties you performed in your work history. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST CLEARLY indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and your resume must reflect either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. You will not receive any credit for a position listed that does not indicate hours per week.
Basic Requirements for this position: You must meet A, B or C below:
A. I have a Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines (i.e., natural resource policy, public administration) appropriate to the position. A copy of your transcripts is required.
B. I have a combination of education and experience–courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education. A copy of your transcripts is required.
C. I have four years of experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. NOTE: This must be substantiated in your resume.
Minimum Qualification: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, applicants must meet the following:
I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in federal service. Specialized experience is described as having performed the following: 1) preparing, reviewing, and evaluating National Wildlife Refuge System and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy and management documents; 2) planning, directing, and executing both short and long term activities in fish and wildlife conservation; 3) planning, organizing and coordinating the work of others; 4) solving/negotiating complex, controversial, or sensitive issues of national scope related to conservation lands management, visitor services, realty, refuge law enforcement, and facilities. NOTE: This is clearly described in my resume.
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.
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.
·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.
·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
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) and grade point average or class ranking. 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.
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
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https: www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
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.
- In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements MAY be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information .
How You Will Be Evaluated
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 basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience 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 authorities, policies, programs, objectives, and structure of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to conduct and/or direct efforts and initiatives, including evaluation, requiring the identification of priorities, impact, and program interrelationships.
- Knowledge of the interrelationships of natural resource issues and administrative requirements involved in conservation, management, and restoration of fish, wildlife, and plant resources in order to advise management.
- Ability to build networks and broad alliances across both internal and external boundaries, constituents, stakeholders, and positions to understand, analyze, and communicate an organization's position on complex legal issues.
- Skill to communicate complex information in writing that is clear, concise, and organized in order to prepare final policy briefing papers, proposals, recommendations, and presentations.
- Provide leadership, coordination and direction to activities dealing with a Bureau program's management initiatives and priorities in order to achieve goals by the identified deadlines and purposes.
- Skill in diplomacy to foster productive, cooperative, positive, working relationships with all levels of the organization, including leadership, and with a wide audience in order to meet desired outcomes.
Career Transition Assistance Program Plan (CTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
- Cover Letter, optional
- Official or unofficial College Transcript(s). Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current Fish and Wildlife 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. 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.
- If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
- Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application. Please include incentive awards with your application.
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.