Fish and Wildlife Administrator

Fish and Wildlife Administration

GS-0480

Position Overview

Fish and wildlife administrators lead and direct scientific programs, regulatory activities, projects, and operations of fishery resources, fish and wildlife resources, and their habitats.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate has extensive knowledge and experience in wildlife refuge management. This includes being able to effectively direct work involving complex biological issues, recreation and public use management, organizational policies, rules, and regulations, construction, and law enforcement in a highly visible and closely scrutinized environment. This individual should have a strong ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders with varying interests. They should also have a strong entrepreneurial background to allow them to plan and manage budgets, strategies, resources, and vision. 

Work Environment

Work is performed in an office setting with occasional field work outdoors. Field work may take place in adverse weather conditions, requires an alertness for stinging insects or venomous snakes, and involves the use of protective gear.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Journey:

    • Directs and formulates policies, plans, standards, and procedures for comprehensive fish and wildlife conservation and restoration programs
    • Collaborates with other Federal agencies, state governments, and partner organizations to identify, research, and develop solutions to long-range natural resource problems
    • Participates in outreach activities with the general public
    • Develops networks and builds alliances with external stakeholders

  • Senior:

    • Negotiates with state officials on activities allowable under Federal natural resources programs
    • Interprets and implements legislation and legal decisions impacting natural resources practices and programs
    • Provides input to senior leadership on policies, budgets and decisions involving science program standards, priorities, and funding

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Strengths by Level

Journey 12-13
Senior 14-15
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Entrepreneurship
    Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Partnering
    Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Project Management
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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    Senior 14-15

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