Interested in Conservation? Fish and Wildlife has permanent entry level openings.

Students who will graduate December 2016 and graduated students please consider applying for these great opportunities that start at a GS-5 and have a full performance level of GS-11 (hint: that is a great career ladder and room for salary increases and growth within one position…how cool is that)!

NOTE: the positions close at midnight 11/18/16.

So what can you do to increase your chances on making the Certificate of Eligibles (qualify for the job!)?   Here are some tips below:

1) Make sure to review all the duties and responsibilities on the vacancy announcement and review the federal resume that you built. Do you have any experience in the  duties on the vacancy announcement? IF SO MAKES SURE YOUR FEDERAL RESUME REFLECTS IT!

2) Are your transcripts attached? Are they legible? Do they reflect all courses you have enrolled and completed to obtain your degrees (ex: did you take a statistics class at a community college…if so make sure you obtain these transcripts as well)?

4) Are you applying for a position that you qualify for? Remember applicants who meet the basic requirements described  below will qualify for the GS-05 grade level. The following are requirements for qualifying for higher grade levels on education alone:



1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement


1 year equivalent to at least GS-5



2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

1 year equivalent to at least GS-7

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


4) Lastly here are the links to the positions at the GS 5/7 level (with a full performance level of a GS-11) so APPLY APPLY APPLY! NOTE: If you qualify to apply right now for the GS-9 or the GS-11 level, please go to, put in the key words “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service” and advance the search to only include GS-9 and GS-11 jobs open to the public.


By Jessica Krause
Jessica Krause Career Counselor-College of Sciences Jessica Krause