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Description

Duties

Summary

This position is with the National Forest System Lands Staff and will be located in Fort Collins, CO.

The incumbent serves as a technical and scientific authority on programs related to hydrology, watershed, fisheries and aquatic resources.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Elrand Denson at
elrand.denson@usda.gov.

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Responsibilities

  • Serve as a technical and scientific authority on fisheries resources, hydrological surveys and analysis, watershed restoration, and water-based recreation.
  • Provide agency oversight regarding the implementation of the agencies' measures in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses for hydroelectric projects.
  • Provide technical leadership, intra- and interagency staff level coordination, and consultation for a major watershed/fisheries resource program (e.g., hydropower licensing).
  • Administer and conduct oversight of respective contracts and agreements developed relative to obtaining or disseminating information related to hydropower program quantification studies and assessments.
  • Consult and coordinate with other staffs in order to integrate efforts, emphasizing consultation and coordination with Lands and Watershed Program Managers.
  • Respond to appeals of agency actions related to hydropower quantification and justification, administrative and litigation reports, Congressional inquiries, etc.
  • Create a work environment that respects, appreciates, and accepts the contributions and perspectives of all employees.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for meetings, trainings and site visits.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None


  • Job family (Series)

    0482 Fish Biology

    1315 Hydrology

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    • Hydrologists


  • Requirements
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    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov
    • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, must submit proof of vaccination or request a religious or reasonable accommodation.
    • Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable).


    Qualifications

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series listed below:

    GS-0482
    GS-1315


    Basic Requirement:
    GS-0482

    Degree: major in biological science that included:

    At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology;

    AND

    At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Basic Requirement:
    GS-1315

    Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

    Specialized Experience Requirement:

    GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as MOST of the following: Serving as a technical and scientific authority of a natural resource management program related to hydrology, watershed, fisheries and aquatic resources and carrying out the program management functions. Providing policy interpretation, guidance and direction on priorities and objectives related to water rights, hydropower, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses for hydroelectric projects. Establishing and maintaining partnerships with other governmental and non-governmental entities, private and public foundations, and/or international organizations. Preparing and presenting briefings and training for management officials and employees. Assisting in or directly supervising employees performing work within assigned programs. Creating a work environment that respects, appreciates, and accepts the contributions and perspectives of all employees.

    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: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    Please reference section above for education requirements.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status such as leave without pay is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.

    This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

    Government Housing is not available

    Daycare facilities are not available

    This position is eligible for telework.

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    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 based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Administration and Management
    • Leadership
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Workforce Environment


    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11270256

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

  • Job Information

    • Job ID: 59364724
    • Location:
      Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
    • Position Title: Fish Biologist/Hydrologist
    • Company Name: USA Jobs
    • Job Function: Energy Weather Analyst
    • Job Type: Full-Time
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