Conservation Planner

Department Of The Interior Anchorage , AK 99501

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

As a Conservation Planner, GS- 0401-11/12 you will provide planning support to a designated geographic area, from landscape-level plans, Comprehensive Conservation Plans and other planning needs and related compliance. You will coordinate activities and lead others to help ensure fish, wildlife, and habitat management is consistent with U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy.

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Responsibilities

As a Conservation Planner your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Conservation planning across National Wildlife Refuges

  • Coordinates or leads teams through complex public use and wildlife conservation challenges using structured decision-making, Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, or other structured planning processes.

  • Evaluate social science or human dimensions to inform management objectives and strategies for natural resource land management plans.

  • Evaluate climate science to inform natural resource, wildlife, or fisheries conservation plans.

  • Coordinates or leads teams through complex species or habitat adaptive management challenges or planning processes to address natural resource management issues.

Build collaborations and partnerships to achieve conservation goals

  • Coordinate or lead natural resource land management planning processes involving multiple stakeholders (states, Tribes, private, other federal agencies, and organizations) across across refuges and large landscapes.

  • Work closely with States, Tribes, Federal agencies and other organizations such Audubon Society, and The Nature Conservancy

Understand and apply federal laws, regulations and policies governing National Wildlife Refuges

  • Develop, review and revise regulations, policies, and guidance

  • Coordinate and develop natural resource land management plans involving National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, National Environmental Policy Act or other Acts specific to a refuge or planning area (designated Wilderness areas, and Wild and Scenic Rivers, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act).

  • Become a regional expert in federal environmental laws relevant to refuge planning and management such as: Wilderness Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, Endangered Species Act, and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Function as a regional team member

  • Provide recommendations or guidance to leadership on highly controversial public use and wildlife conservation challenges

  • Provide perspective and support to field managers, regional leadership regarding National Wildlife Refuge land management, public use, and conservation.

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Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

  • Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit SSS.gov.

  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).

  • Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.

  • Driver's License: Selectees must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.

  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Qualifications

Only experience and education obtained by 08/03/2021 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:

I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

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I have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards your degree and divide by 120 semester hours (or equivalent). To determine the percentage of qualifying experience, divide the total number of months of acceptable specialized experience by 12 months. Add your percentages of education and experience together. The two percentages must total at least 100%.

Minimum Qualification [GS-11]

I have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-9 in the Federal service. Experience may include: 1) Lead planning teams on natural resource planning projects for the conservation of public lands; 2) Develop comprehensive wildlife management plans related to wildlife resources and recreation opportunities of an area; 3) Prepare and review environmental assessments or portions impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions; 4) Understand and implement environmental laws (e.g., National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, Endangered Species Act, specifically Sections 7 and 10; National Environmental Policy Act), regulations, and polices involving management of the conservation of public lands. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one (1) year performing these duties.

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I have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a field directly related to this position. NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.

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I possess a 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-11 requirement.

Minimum Qualification [GS-12]

I have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience may include: 1) coordinating within and across large regional partnerships (e.g. Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, Fish Habitat Partnerships, National Estuary Program, Network for Landscape Conservation) to co-develop priorities, action strategies, and joint operations that achieve measurable ecological outcomes at scales ranging from local (or site) scale, to watershed (or landscape) scale, to regional and national scale; 2) applying conservation and resource management policies and objectives and their application to the conservation of trust resources at multiple spatial scales; 3) developing interagency projects and programs to define science-based objectives and provide guidance and direction in the implementation of private, state, and federal conservation programs on both public and private lands; 4) science collaboration associated with ecosystem conservation initiatives focused on specific fish and wildlife conservation issues. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have one (1) year performing these duties.

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: Applicants must meet both eligibility and qualification requirements for the position of interest by the closing date of the JOA. Specifically,

i. Area of Consideration.

ii. Time-in-grade (TIG) requirements as specified in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

iii. Time after competitive appointment as specified in 5 CFR 330.502.

iv. Qualification requirements outlined in OPM's Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions or for Federal Wage System (FWS), wage grade positions, applicants are evaluated using the OPM Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations and the job element examining method

Your SF-50 will be used to confirm you meet all requirements

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP click here

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Conservation Planner

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