Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

The US Fish & Wilflife Service's Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office is looking for a new Fish & Wildlife Administrator. This position is the lead for a large, complex office (approx. 70 ppl) that spans partners and priorities across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands. The position is open for both federal and non-federal individuals. We are looking for a leader who loves a great challenge, who thrives on leading a talented and dedicated team, and who understands and appreciates the great value of our partners in conservation. This is a chance of a lifetime to contribute to some of the most challenging conservation issues all while getting to know some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strong leadership skills, a passion for creating partnerships with diverse groups, and a willingness to engage in challenging issues.

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Position: Fish and Wildlife Administrator, GS- 0480-15 working in Honolulu, Hawaii for the R1-Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office.

Announcement number: R1-21-11038987-RR-MP

Control number: 593106900

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Salary: $132,066 to $171,686 per year


This position is part of the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office. As a Fish and Wildlife Administrator, you will be the Field Supervisor responsible for directing policy and staff functions within the PIFWO, an Ecological Services office headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii with field offices in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directs policy and staff functions: Formulates and implements policies, standards, and procedures;
  • Leads and coordinates Pacific-wide and regional programs and statewide program issues/policies engaging on an international level regarding marine protected areas and technical assistance on resource management;
  • Develops short- and long-range plans, objectives, and priorities;
  • Estimates and justifies resources and manages multimillion dollar budgets determining needs for special projects and studies;
  • Serves as an expert consultant concerning controversial and complex scientific, political, and economic issues;
  • Stimulates cross-program and cross-regional consultation, cooperation, and partnerships;
  • Performs the full range of supervisory and managerial duties for a varied workforce of professional and administrative employees.


Only experience and education obtained by 03/09/2021 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:

  • A. A four year or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  • B. A 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 demonstrates an 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 four-year course of study as described in A above.

Minimum Quakification:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service which included experience in supervising multiple teams, branches, offices or field stations; solving highly unique controversial issues related to conservation, policy, partnerships, and communications; serving as the lead for a conservation management organization in negotiating with diverse individuals and groups on complex resources issues; exercising direct responsibility for implementing policies, plans, standards or procedures to carry out fish and wildlife conservation; managing a variety of issues and conflicts that affect a diverse group of customers; planning, directing, and executing both short and long term activities in fish, wildlife, or habitat conservation.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Note: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Mastery of the professional concepts, principles, and practices of fish and wildlife biology in order to direct and control scientific/program activities.
  • Knowledge of budget planning and execution processes, as well as associated political and economic factors, in order to determine budget needs, influence funding levels, justify budget requests, distribute funds appropriately, approve submissions, obtain reimbursable funding, and monitor the impact of expenditures on human resources and Service objectives.
  • Mastery of oral communication in order to negotiate controversial issues and persuade others regarding the validity of findings and recommendations; to present briefings; to serve as a leader and advocate of Service programs and practices; to guide others in carrying out complex work; and to facilitate cooperation and consensus among parties with diverse interests and agendas.
  • Skill in applying supervisory/managerial principles, methods and techniques in order to direct and motivate a diverse staff; and, a high degree of leadership knowledge and skill in order to implement agency changes through the integration of a highly specialized and scientifically sophisticated workforce.
  • Skill in applying, the theories, principles, and concepts sufficient to develop new theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; plan and execute long-range programs and projects of national significance; serve as a recognized expert and consultant in a broad range of subject-matter programs that impact a number of resources; and advance the state-of-the-art beyond current discipline parameters.
  • Skill in written communication in order to review and edit documents and correspondence, write reports and justifications; document analyses of problems and issue scientific findings and action recommendations; address administrative matters and communicate guidance and instructions in situations where complex, interagency procedures vary and diverse scientific, political, and economic considerations are at issue.

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