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National Park Service Biologist in Fort Collins, Colorado


This position is assigned to the Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division (NSNSD), a branch of the Washington Office (WASO) Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. The position conducts studies and provides guidance for bioacoustic monitoring and trend detection, the effects of noise on animals, and the significance of sound for ecological function.


The major duties of the Biologist position include, but are not limited to the following: -Planning and execution of studies and monitoring plans to characterize acoustic resource condition; -Identifying gaps in knowledge and integrates diverse bodies of information to develop theoretical predictions and devise research to test them; -Establish and participate in strategic partnerships to stimulate research into the effects of sound and light on biologic resources and visitor experience; -Evaluate empirical or computed results by assessing their agreement with physical principles.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 2 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes. You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/28/2020-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience. Basic Qualifications:To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess one of the following basic qualifications by close of the announcement:

A. Degree: 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, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • AND - Minimum Qualifications:To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes the following: (1) Leadership experience in a team research or development project; (2) Substantial experience working with sound and bioacoustics; (3) Signal processing experience (e. g. filtering or extracting measurements from sound recordings). You must include hours per week worked. EDUCATION: There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement. Volunteer Experience: 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.


To meet the basic qualifications based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional Information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Open to the first 50 applicants or until 09/28/2020 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration. Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary, often at a computer workstation. Occasionally equipment will be assembled or tested at a laboratory workbench, which will require dexterity and fine motor coordination. During occasional field project, the work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, lifting of moderately heavy items such as camping or backpacking equipment or scientific instrumentation apparatus; or occasional lifting of heavy items (over 50 pounds). Working Conditions: The work occurs mostly in an office setting. Some projects may require work in remote or potentially hazardous environments, requiring familiarity with wilderness logistical planning, risk assessment and management, and good extemporaneous judgment when unforeseen events or conditions are encountered. Travel is occasionally required in safety-approved small aircraft and watercraft. Protective equipment and clothing may be required when wording in the field. The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,