EXPERIENCE: One year of work experience is twelve months working full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week). Part-time experience can be pro-rated (i.e., a year at 20 hours per week is credited as 6 months of experience). If your position consisted of mixed duties, experience credit is given for the percentage of time that you spent on qualifying duties (i.e., if you held a position for 2 years, full-time, consisting of 25% personnel work and 75% budget work, and then applied for a budget position you could calculate your experience as follows: 2 yrs = 24 months. 24 months x 75% [percentage of time spent on budget duties] = 18 months of qualifying experience.)
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: A year of undergraduate education is 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours or the equivalent of college study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: In the absence of specific graduate program information, a year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of graduate level college course work, or the number of credit hours the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full time study. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B or C below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Fish and Wildlife Administrator, all grade levels.
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. ** OR
B. Combination of education and experience - Courses equivalent to a major or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. ** OR
C. Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional and scientific experience in administering, directing, or exercising administrative and technical control over programs, regulatory activities, projects, or operations which are concerned with the conservation and management of fishery resources, wildlife resources, or fish and wildlife resources that is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
Examples of GS-12 level work may include: 1) planning and coordinating fish or wildlife biology or ecology projects of considerable depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting fish or wildlife biology or ecology related project data with novel and obscure problems; 3) developing new or significantly modified biological techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical specialist on a fish or wildlife biological or ecological issue. For examples 1-4, the work provided wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility.
In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-14 level:
** One year of appropriate professional and scientific experience in administering, directing, or exercising administrative and technical control over programs, regulatory activities, projects, or operations which are concerned with the conservation and management of fishery resources, wildlife resources, or fish and wildlife resources that is equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
Examples of GS-13 level work may include: 1) providing technical leadership, staff level coordination, and consultation for a major fish, wildlife or ecology resource program, and resolving problems which have been resistant to established accepted practices and methods; 2) serving as an expert agency representative working in consultation with international, national and State officials to negotiate project scope, administer project activities, prepare reports of results, and consider the impact of construction, contaminants , environmental, and recreational projects on fish and wildlife resources; 3) conducting field investigations based upon newly identified principles in fish and wildlife program areas where little or no information is available. For examples 1-3, the work involved planning and executing assignments, selecting appropriate techniques and methodology, determining the approach to be taken, and resolving most problems that arose. Guidelines were often inadequate, and the work required deviation from or extension of traditional methods and practices, or the development of essentially new or vastly modified techniques or methods.