Social Scientist/Biological Scientist
Employment Type: Full-Time
These positions are located on a Forest Service unit, where the incumbent serves as a NEPA Planner responsible for performing work involved in Natural Resources Planning and Environmental law compliance, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Management Act (NFMA) in Region 3.
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* Responsibilities listed are at the full performance grade level.
* Ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents are in conformance with applicable law, regulation, and policy.
* Analyze environmental data to measure and evaluate the effects of management proposals on natural, social, or economic resources.
* Develop plans for specific area or accountability (i.e., water, soils, habitat management, etc.).
* Conduct field survey and accomplish technical reconnaissance to gather information required to define study objective.
* Coordinate with natural resource specialists to obtain, compile and analyze information used in formulating specific components of program and project plans.
* Forecast projected financial, informational, administrative, and staffing needs based on input from all program areas.
* Instruct project staff on the plan standards and guidelines related to the unit natural resource management proposal.
* Write reports of scientific or technical data to support natural resource planning and/or project management.
* Prepare annual operating plans and/or budgets.
* Assist others in the development and processing of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for field work, site visits, training and/or meetings.
* Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
* Biological Scientists
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a US Citizen or US 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 https://www.e-verify.gov/.
* Positions may be filled as career ladders (GS-09/11), or may be filled at (GS-09) level only, or may be filled at the full performance (GS-11) level only, dependent upon the individual unit's needs.
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued. 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/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.
GS-0101: Successful completion of 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 behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position;
A combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field;
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
GS-0401: Successful completion of 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;
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that 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 needed to perform the work of the occupation.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.
For the GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Assisted in natural resource management activities; led interdisciplinary teams carrying out routine environmental studies and evaluations to determine the consequences of various actions or events, i.e., Forest planning projects, on the environment; participated in environmental assessments and drafting segments of environmental impact statements; assisted in the permit review process by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; assisted in planning one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation initiatives and ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations; OR A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. that is directly related to the work of the position; OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
For the GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Participated in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; participated in the permit review process or identification of regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections, collecting and analyzing environmental data; served as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production or reclamation activities and ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations; OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).
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.