USFWS Polar Bear Program Lead (GS-401-13) now open on USAJOBS

The Alaska Region is advertising a GS-401-13 Supervisory Biologist position in Anchorage.  The position leads the Polar Bear Program within the Region’s Marine Mammals Management Office.  The program is responsible for polar bear management and conservation in Alaska, including co-management with Alaska Native organizations.  The supervisor provides direction and oversight to meet international, national and regional polar bear goals and objectives, including drafting and implementing National and International Polar Bear Recovery Plans.  The polar bear program works closely with the Service's Division of International Conservation as well as with formal US delegations to international meetings and plays an active role in meeting planning, preparations and international information exchange.  The position supervises a diverse staff to develop and implement regulations; policies; priorities; co-management strategies; and scientific programs for the polar bear.


Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with a population of 300,000, yet it is only 20 minutes from wilderness.  The city hosts over 162 parks, including 10 large reserves.  With over 400 km of local trails, including 100 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, and many lit trails, recreational opportunities abound year round, including downhill and cross-country skiing, ice hockey, fishing, golf, swimming, hiking, biking, and camping.  The George Sullivan Sports Arena, Alaska Performing Arts Center, and Egan Convention Center boast cultural and entertainment events throughout the year from professional hockey to Broadway shows.  World class outdoor recreation opportunities are just a short drive away, including the world class Alyeska ski resort, Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest.  Alaska boasts 16 National Wildlife Refuges totaling 77 million acres, as well as magnificent National Parks and the nation’s two largest National Forests. 


Please distribute this announcement to all who may be interested. The application period is open until February 19, 2014, and the position is open to all federal employees and all U.S. citizens on separate job announcements.

Federal government employees may apply at USA JOBS: R7-14-1027584-ES

All US Citizens may apply at USA JOBS: R7-14-1027207-ES

If you have trouble with the links please go to and search by job series (401) grade (13) location (Anchorage, Alaska) or the announcement numbers in the above links.


For more information on the duties of this position contact Deb Pierce Williams at (907) 786-3349.


Additional information on living in Anchorage, Alaska can be found at:



Deborah Pierce Williams

Chief, Marine Mammals Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1011 East Tudor Road MS-341

Anchorage, AK 99503


Phone: 907-786-3349

Fax: 907-786-3816