Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Yreka, California

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Yreka, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 13 mo

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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As a term Fish and Wildlife Biologist, you will conduct pre-project planning and Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on U.S. Forest Service actions; coordinate with other Fish and Wildlife Services offices on the technical and policy aspects of implementation of the ESA; and engage in various other actions with state and other federal agencies, county governments, Tribes and private interests related to administration of the ESA.

These are TERM positions not to exceed 13 months. However, depending on available work and funding, they may be extended up to a maximum of four years without further competition.

Annual Salary - Employees new to the federal government are placed at step 1. GS-09= $48,968 - $63,654

NOTE: This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to current and former federal employees. See vacancy R8-17-1813817-DS if you want to be considered under merit promotion procedures.

  • Conducts ecological investigations of complex forest management projects in Pacific Northwest Forest ecosystems to determine their effects on their environment and local fish and wildlife resources. Conducts surveys for northern spotted owls, confirming owl presence and identity by auditory detection and visual observation of color bands. Prepares objective reports of fish and wildlife investigations.
  • Manages GIS and GPS systems, information and equipment to create maps that display natural resource information and produces graphic products to aid in endangered species actions. Prepares and manages natural resource databases for the Yreka FWO.
  • Liaises with internal and external partners to provide technical assistance regarding management of candidate species, habitat, vegetation, and fire management.
  • Critically reviews reports and agreements for completeness and compliance with pertinent legislation. Reviews environmental compliance/assessment documents (e.g. biological assessments, environmental impact reports) associated with proposed projects and the potential effects to federally-listed, candidate, and other sensitive species and provides written or oral comments/recommendations to action agencies and other projects proponents regarding their adequacy.
  • Develops comprehensive fish and /or wildlife management plans to ensure preservation, protection, and enhancement of fish and/or wildlife and their habitat for a geographic area having a variety of habitat conditions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 nights of travel per month may be required to conduct assignments, attend trainings, meetings, etc.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Initial Probationary Period required.
  • Must apply for Government travel charge card.
  • Valid driver's license required.

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.


A. Bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, e.g., fish and wildlife biology. OR B. An appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, e.g., fish and wildlife biology PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.



A. One full year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-07 grade level in Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for this grade is defined as: 1) conducting routine investigations to scientifically identify the impacts of land or water development projects on the fish or wildlife resources of an area; 2) assisting develop fish or wildlife management plans or assisting prepare environmental assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports; 3) applying Federal or State environmental laws (e.g., Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, etc.) involving natural resource issues. OR

B. Successful completion of two or more full years of graduate education in an accredited college or university leading to a Master's or equivalent degree in a field directly related to biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, e.g., fish and wildlife biology. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition, 36 semester hours is considered as satisfying the requirement for two years of full- time graduate study. OR

C. Combination of qualifying specialized experience as described in response A and qualifying graduate education as described in response B that equals 100 percent of the GS-09 requirement.

IMPORTANT: Your resume/application must clearly describe how you qualify for this particular position. Assumptions will not be made based on job titles or series as to what duties you may perform in your current or other positions. One year of experience refers to full-time work. Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis: 20 hours per week for 12 months is credited as 6 months experience. Your resume must include the number of hours worked per week.


This Position Has A Positive Education Requirement. Therefore, all applicants (including current and former employees) MUST provide a copy of their transcripts to support their education claims to qualify for this series. Since this position requires you to have successfully completed a specific amount of semester hours (or equivalent) in specific fields, your transcripts will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirement in full. 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 academic professor or from your school 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 selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

  • Term position not to exceed 13 months but may be extended up to 4 years without further competition
  • Must serve one-year initial probationary period.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Direct deposit of salary payment.
  • Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
  • The work requires both office and outdoor work. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work.
  • Outdoor work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity, and the ability to drive a motorized vehicle.
Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt. After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your full name and vacancy number (R8-17-1813814-DS) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit

Other Information

The work of this job involves a variety of complex biological/socio-political/economic land and water resource extraction or development issues and can be related to forest management projects. The work requires the ability to think logically and independently, and to integrate biological data precedents and regulatory requirements into sound agency positions and recommendations. Due to the large number of public and government stakeholders engaged in forest management issues, the employee must use a high degree of judgment to make frequent and considerable modifications or adaptations to existing guidelines pertaining to recovery plans and critical habitat objectives and technical issues that are controversial and complex, and require tact and diplomacy.

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0401-09/09

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452185900

Job Announcement Number: R8-17-1813814-DS