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These are temporary positions located at the California/Nevada Fish Health Center, Anderson, California. These positions will not exceed one year in duration. However, they may be extended without further competition if the need continues and funding is available. Maximum total appointment will not exceed 2 years.
You will provide technical support regarding fish health, microbiological laboratory techniques and fish culture.
Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement should the need arise.
Valid state driver's license
May be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays
Transcripts may be required with application (See How to Apply)
Assist in the dissection, collection, and preparation of fish tissue or other samples for laboratory assays.
Participates in applied research on topics relating to fish health.
Performs laboratory and field experiments sampling fish populations.
Assists with operation of wet-lab facility.
Performs microscopic evaluation of fish and tissues for specific characteristics.
Summarize data collected, and use a variety of database software programs on personal computers.
Drive government vehicles to field locations.
Working Conditions: Work is performed in an office and laboratory setting and in the field under possible adverse weather conditions. Laboratory work involves exposure to irritant/hazardous chemicals and reagents. Protective wear and laboratory safety precautions will be used by incumbent. Weekend shifts will occur.
Physical Requirements: Occasional lifting of moderate weight, standing for moderate periods of time, and a high degree of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination is required. Field work and sample collection involves walking, bending, lifting, and handling field diagnostic equipment and large fish weighing up to 50 pounds. Fieldwork may involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and overnight travel.
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT (minimum): You must meet one of the following:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service which is in or related to the position to be filled and which provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work. To meet this requirement, the applicant MUST have experience that included as primary duties: 1) Processing biological samples for analysis; 2) Collecting, identifying, weighing and measuring fish and aquatic organisms; 3) Rearing larval fish and monitoring water quality; and, 4) Perform microscopic larval fish measurements. (OR)
B. Successfully completed one year of graduate education that included courses directly related to the position to be filled. Courses include scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to fishery subjects, such as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, aquaculture, etc. You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
C. A combination of specialized experience as described in A above and education as described in B above. The quality of the combination of education and experience must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position/grade to be filled that equals at least 100% of the Basic Qualification Requirements. You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
Your resume must clearly show that your experience includes all aspects of the specialized experience defined above or you will be found not qualified for this position.
Note: One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis so your resume must include the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper credit. For example, an employee working 20 hours per week for a 12-month period is credited with 6 months of experience.
Note: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.
If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and technology related to fish biology programs to perform clinical laboratory assays
Skill in the operation and maintenance of equipment used for biological fish studies
Ability to use personal computers and software applications to record, compile, and summarize biological data
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.
Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information, visit Leave Administration .
Temporary employees are not eligible for life or health insurance. If your appointment is extended beyond 1 year, health insurance is available; however, you will pay the full cost.
You will earn Social Security credit while working with the government.
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