Fish And Wildlife Biologist

Department Of The Interior Helena , MT 59624

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties

HelpDuties Summary

This position is part of the R6-Assistant Regional Director-Ecological Services. As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist you will be responsible for mapping, locating and/or digitizing species location information to create more accurate depictions of species areas.

This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which may be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.

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  • Representing the Service in carrying out various agency responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Migratory Birds Treaty Act, Bald Eagle Protection Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and numerous other federal laws, regulations, and policies for the protection of natural resources.

  • Planning and conducting on-site ecological investigations of complex land and water resource development proposals to determine their effect on fish and wildlife resources, with special emphasis on federally listed species.

  • Conducting informal and formal ESA Section 7 consultations, reviewing biological assessments and NEPA documents, responding to species list requests and preparing biological opinions.

  • Preparing status and listing packages, as appropriate, for Federal candidate species as required under authority of the ESA; assist in the development and implementation of recovery plans for listed species.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation

  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required

  • May be required to successfully complete a trial period

  • Must obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license.


Only experience and education obtained by 03/19/2019 will be considered.


Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to fish and wildlife biology.


Have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major (24 semester hours or equivalent) in a field such as those described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications Requirement above, applicants must:

Have one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as conducting investigations to determine the impact of development projects upon the fish and/or wildlife resources of an area; reviewing permit applications; assisting others in conducting private land wetland restorations including landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, seeding, etc.; reviewing biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or resource planning reports; implementing biological work and/or habitat preservation and development work.


Have at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a directly related field.


Possess a combination of qualifying specialized experience and more than one year of graduate education (both as described above) that, when computed as percentages of their respective requirements, equals at least 100% when combined. Only graduate education beyond the first full year (18 semesters/equivalent) is creditable using this method.

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.


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.

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:

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