U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Location
    Baileys Crossroads, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

The incumbent serves as staff specialist, liaison officer, and consultant on many complex ecological, economic, and political problems involved in formulating and guiding conservation projects with foreign governments, other U.S. agencies, national and international organizations, and individuals.

Please Note: Applicant may be selected at a duty station other than Baileys Crossroads, VA. Additional questions regarding placement should be reserved for the interview process.

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The incumbent will join the Africa Branch in the Division of International Conservation. The Africa Branch provides financial and technical assistance under the Multinational Species Conservation Acts and in partnership with other US government agencies as part of regional initiatives. The Africa Branch takes an evidence-based approach to support conservation of key wildlife strongholds and tackle threats to wildlife across the continent. The incumbent will manage a portfolio of financial and technical assistance projects related to Central Africa and in coordination with other U.S. government agency partners. 

As a Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • The incumbent manages the implementation of one or more grant-making programs (such as the Great Ape Conservation Fund, the African Elephant Conservation Fund, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund, the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund, or Regional Programs).
  • Provides direct support and technical guidance to foreign institutions, multilateral organizations, and local partners to develop their capacity for wildlife conservation.
  • Provides coordination and technical input across Divisions within International Affairs on issues related to conservation of relevant species, which may include African and Asian elephants, great apes, tigers, rhinoceros, global marine and fresh water turtles, as well as additional species across Africa, Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere.
  • Provides technical direction and input into the development of strategic conservation priorities for the financial assistance programs.
  • Delivers oral presentations at national and international meetings or before other governmental and/or professional organizations related to conservation and management of wild fauna and flora.
  • Engages with Congressional staff, representatives of international conservation organizations, or high-level official/staff in other agencies.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.


Only experience and education obtained by 10/25/2021 will be considered.

GS-401 Educational Requirement:

  1. Four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. A photo copy of official or unofficial transcripts MUST be submitted to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position; OR
  2. I have an appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above. A photo copy of your official or unofficial transcripts MUST be submitted to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position.

Minimum Qualification GS-13

One year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-12) in the Federal service. Examples of such experience are: communicating with government and other in-country partners in Central Africa; develop and evaluate conservation and wildlife management programs and identify priority actions in Central Africa; and develop and maintain a network of experts in Africa who can be relied upon when specific knowledge and expertise is needed.

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.


PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit:

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