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DOI Employment Opportunities – FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST

U.S. Department of the Interior

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As a FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST (AIRPLANE PILOT) your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Biological Surveys – Plans, organizes, directs, and conducts aerial and ground surveys on various species of wildlife gathering quantitative data on quantity, distribution and production; breeding and wintering grounds and migration and migration routes; on water quality and quantity as well as on habitat conditions and changes from year to year; on mortality trends due to predation hunting and disease; on the effects of climate on particular migratory game bird populations; and on other factors affecting wildlife abundance. Provides guidance to field units desiring aerial census and specialized photography to determine wildlife populations. Surveys typically assess species numbers, and population age and sex structure, in addition to identifying key upland and aquatic vegetation. Reviews management and development plans, biological reports, which have particular reference to specialized wildlife management activities, preparing recommendations for review by the supervisor. Supervisor will provide oversight and technical advice when needed.
Flights will be for conducting biological investigations and surveys, transporting personnel to and from remote locations to conduct field investigations, transporting essential field equipment to and from remote locations. Hazards involved in flight operations include operations and maneuvering at low level (less than 500 feet), maneuvering in confined areas, operations in mountainous terrain, including wind induced turbulence, operations in remote areas during periods of extreme weather conditions, off-airport landings and takeoffs from unprepared landing areas. Approximately 25% of flight time will be at or below 500 feet above terrain. Low altitude flights will be made as required to assess wildlife populations and environmental characteristics.

Help Help Requirements 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
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
Drug testing position: Selectees tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Driver?s License: Selectees may be required to 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.
Must possess a current FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with rating appropriate for the duties performed.
Must possess instrument rating, and 10 hours as Pilot-in-Command in actual or simulated instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions.
Must have completed a minimum of 500 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command.
Before an offer of employment is made, the bureau may: A. Check the FAA database for accident/incident/violation history and/or a military pilot records verification. B. Conduct a pre-employment flight evaluation


Only experience and education obtained by 09/30/2022 will be considered.

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

Basic Requirement For The 0401 Series

Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR

Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants Must

Possess a current FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with ratings appropriate for the duties performed;
Possess an instrument rating;
Have completed a minimum of 500 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command and 25 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command at night; and
Possess a current Class II Medical Certificate.
In addition to the above requirements you must meet the specialized experience below.

Minimum Qualification GS-11:

I have One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as: perform scientific studies and surveys for the purpose of wildlife management and to present the results of such studies in written reports and/or oral presentations.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR
A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement

Minimum Qualification GS-12

I have One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as: perform scientific studies and aerial wildlife surveys for the purpose of wildlife management and to present the results of such studies in written reports and/or oral presentations.

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.

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:

Additional Information

Telework: This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

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

Alaska Positions: The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay. You will receive a 2.86% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 4.40% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and grade decrease. Alaska Positions that require the use of Firearms: Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.

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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 assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics)

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, and concepts of population ecology and wildlife biology as related to the management and conservation of migratory birds.
Knowledge of federal migratory bird, endangered species, and national wildlife refuge laws, regulations, and other related governmental departmental, and agencies policies, programs, goals and objectives.
Ability to analyze biological survey/research data, interpret results and prepare completed reports
Ability to pilot a fixed-wing survey aircraft in accordance with regulations, standards and conduct aerial surveys of waterfowl and other large waterbirds.
Ability to operate light, single-engine or multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft from land or water including flight planning and associated logistics while maintaining FAA compliant records and documentation.
Ability to travel to and work at remote sites

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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