SUPERVISORY ECOLOGIST, GS-0408-14 (MP-PERM-CNS),Geological Survey,08-06-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    08/06/2018 to 08/17/2018

  • Salary

    $103,106 to $134,038 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 14

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time – Permanent

  • Appointment type

    Permanent – Full-Time


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    La Crosse, WI


Relocation expenses reimbursed

Relocation expenses will be paid.

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    Federal employees – Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.





    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.


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    Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? The USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) in La Crosse, WI is soliciting interest from qualified individuals to serve as a Supervisory Ecologist to implement, maintain, and manage a comprehensive and dynamic ecological research program addressing critical questions of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, restoration ecology, endangered and threatened species, invasive species, climate adaptation and more. The successful incumbent (1) is recognized as an expert in aquatic or terrestrial ecology, (2) provides professional expertise and experience to successfully coordinate and maintain a multimillion dollar research program, and (3) establishes and fosters collaborations with federal, state and tribal natural resource management agencies, nongovernmental organizations and academia to deliver a partner-focused research program addressing high priority research needs in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial ecology. Additionally, the Supervisory Ecologist leads and supervises a dynamic team of research scientists and technical support staff, collaboratively establishes a research program and focus, manages interagency cooperative research agreements and research funding, and ensures that the research program delivered meets the highest technical standards and scientific excellence of USGS. The expertise and objectives of this position are critical to the successful operation of a research laboratory and delivery of high-quality, documented, and defensible science by USGS federal, state, tribal partners and the Public. For more information about the USGS please visit

    What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

    Salary: $103,106 (Step 01) to $134,038 (Step 10)

    Open to all U.S. citizens: DEN-2018-0294







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    As a SUPERVISORY ECOLOGIST within the UPPER MIDWEST ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Directly communicates and coordinates with USGS Program Coordinators and Program Managers, funding requests to implement and conduct high-priority research needs of a range of DOI and other agency partners.
    • Implements effective budget oversight, including distribution of appropriated funds to Ecological Sciences Branch (ESB) scientists, to ensure budget execution of a diverse appropriated and reimbursable-funded program; identifies, prioritizes, and programs investments into future scientific capacity within ESB, and approves requests for travel, overtime, within-grade increases, and expenditures above mirco threshold limits.
    • Identifies and defines problem areas and formulates/leads interdisciplinary teams of ESB and other Center scientists and external partners in developing annual to mid-year science frameworks and research initiatives on large, complex, interdisciplinary scales to address diverse questions related to the form, function and processes of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and ecosystem restoration.
    • Prepares issue papers and research proposals for new project starts and submits them for the Center and, when appropriate, regional, mission area, and national approval and funding.
    • Maintains close liasion and working relations with the scientific community and with administrators and professional personnel in DOI, USGS, and other Federal and State natural resource agencies.






    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current or former Federal employees with permanent competitive status; OR individuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., VRA, disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info: VetGuide.

    Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    0408 Ecology

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
    • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
    • Selectee may be subject to serving a 1 year Supervisory probationary period
    • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

    Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

    • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • The success of Federal government programs depends in large measure on the leadership and management skills of its supervisors. Therefore, the Department of the Interior requires that all positions with supervisory responsibilities complete basic supervisory training within their first year in the supervisoryposition in order to develop supervisory competencies.
    • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
    • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

    In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

    Examples of GS-13 level work may include: Experience with budget formulation and execution of a ~$5 M research program, including managing the execution of federal appropriated and cyclical funding and competition for and execution of extramural funding agreements. Experience with leading research planning efforts to address improvements in sampling design and ecosystem and development of single to multispecies models to meet needs of partners. Experience with designing and conducting experimental research studies to address current issues in aquatic or terrestrial community ecology questions, serving as an expert and consultant in a broad range of aquatic and terrestrial ecological issues. Experience with developing annual to multi-year science frameworks and research initiatives on large, complex interdisciplinary scales to address diverse questions related to the form, function and processes of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and ecosystem restoration. Experience with coordinating work with other branches/sections, offices, mission areas, Federal and State resource management and regulatory agencies, and university scientists. Experience with representing an organization on regional, national and international committees and task forces involving other Federal agencies, State agencies, the academic community, and non-governmental organizations. Experience with ensuring research activities are completed in accordance with peer-reviewed study plans and meet appropriate quality, scientific merit and integrity, and are relevant to administration priorities.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


    • 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.
    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

    Additional information

    • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
    • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
    • USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
    • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

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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.

    Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:

    • Scientific Knowledge
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Program/Project Management
    • Leadership & Supervision
    • Teamwork
    • Written Communication
    • Technical Reports

    Basis of rating: You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.

    NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

  • Required Documents

    This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see “Required Documents” and/or “Contact Information”). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

    If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility,​ you must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step​ by the closing date of this announcement or you will not receive consideration.

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see “Contact Information”). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement. For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:

    Required documents may be: 1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see “Contact Information”) 2) uploaded directly from your desktop 3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4) hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see “Contact Information”)

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
    schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    • USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
    • For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:
    • A relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized.
    • Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply

    Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

    Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1) Click the blue “Apply Online” button. 2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4) Check the “Certification” box and click the “Apply for this position now!” button located at the bottom of the screen. 5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

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    Agency contact information

    Michelle Fyfe







    INTERIOR, Geological Survey
    W 6th Ave Kipling St 612
    United States

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    Next steps

    If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to “My Account” within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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    Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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    Legal and regulatory guidance

    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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