Branch Chief, Coastal Impact Assistance Program

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This position is located in the Division of Policy and Programs under the Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Programs.  The WSFR Program is responsible for administering federal assistance grant programs pursuant to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act; the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act; the Endangered Species Act; the Clean Vessel Act; the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act; the Partnerships for Wildlife Act; the Sport Fish and Boating Safety Act, the State Wildlife Grants Program and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.  Through these programs, WSFR provides grant funds to the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. 

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A background investigation is required
  • Appointment MAY include a requirement for 1 year probationary period


Additional Duty Location Info:1 vacancy - Arlington 'Ballston Area', VA

Provide technical advice and staff support to the Chief of the Division of Policy and Programs, the Assistant Director of WSFR, and other authorities on issues related to WSFR-administered grant programs; analyze new or proposed legislation overseeing the development and/or review of policy, instructional guidance, and procedures; supervise the CIAP branch staff; build and maintain close working relationships with potential CIAP partners for grant programs; assists the Division of Administration and Information Management to ensure accurate apportionments for the State and their coastal political subdivisions.

Qualifications and Evaluations


You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

This position has a positive education requirement. Please see the qualification section for specific information on the education required for this position.

Fish and Wildlife Administration Series, GS-0480:

Basic Requirements:

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


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.


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.


To qualify for the GS-14 level, you must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position. Applicant must have direct and/or related experience in all of the examples listed below to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Examples of specialized experience include: applying knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of fish and wildlife biology, plants and their habitats, landscape ecology, landscape conservation and adaptive resource management; preparing, reviewing and evaluating habitat conservation plans and reports; resolving complex problems in developing and implementing conservation strategies; advising senior agency officials on the development and implementation of grant programs; developing or updating Service regulations and Manual chapters; writing interim guidance memorandums for grant programs; interpretation of grant administration policies; development and implementation of procedures; preparation and presentation of scientific and technical reports; and evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency, and legal compliance of grant programs.


Selective Service: Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. (see


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to the responses you submitted on the assessment section of this vacancy. 

Your total documented experience will also be reviewed to determine the category in which you will be placed.  Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.

Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

  • Knowledge of principles, theories, and practices pertaining to fish, wildlife, their habitat, and natural resources management.
  • Knowledge of the federal laws, regulations, and policies on the administration of grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, management, and leadership.
  • Ability to communicate writing.
  • Ability to communicate orally.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The category determination is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Benefits and Other Info


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Relocation expenses: Relocation expenses will be paid.  However, certain entitlements under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Permanent Change in Station policies are discretionary. 


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the well qualified category to be eligible for ICTAP consideration for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required on the SF-15. LACK OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION WILL RESULT IN THE AGENCY'S INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE VETERAN STATUS FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

One or more positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement.


The Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service recognize that a Government's most important asset is its people.  To attract talented people to the service of the Nation, we believe the application process should enable rather than deter job seekers.  To that end, we will work to ensure a process that reflects these principles.  

1) A user-friendly application process that is not unduly burdensome or time consuming. 

2) Clear, understandable job announcements and instructions for applying.  

3) Timely and informed responses to questions about the requirements and the process.  

4) Prompt acknowledgement that their application has been received.  

5) Regular updates on the status of their applications as significant decisions are reached. 

6) A timely decision-making process.

How To Apply


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents

4. Copies of Official Transcript(s) 

5. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on

Friday, August 26, 2011.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 514559.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.                


For this job announcement the following documents are required:

  • Resume (required)
  • Copies of Official Transcript(s) 
  • Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)

 Submitting Documents

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 514559
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Your resume must contain the basic information outlined in the Optional Application for Employment OF-612:

At a minimum your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties, starting and ending date (month and year), hours per week worked and salary.  If you do not provide the minimum information requested above, this will prevent you from qualifying for this position.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Tiffany Smith Phone: (703)358-2362 Email: TIFFANY_SMITH@FWS.GOV Agency Information: US Fish and Wildlife Service Virginia Division of Human Capital 4401 N Fairfax Dr MS 2000 Arlington, VA 22203


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.