Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)
Department Of The Interior - Leavenworth, WA

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This is a TERM position not-to-exceed 13 months, but may be extended without further competition for a total appointment not-to-exceed four years.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship and Non Sensitive Background Investigation

Initial Probationary Period

Valid driver's license

Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform

DUTIES:
This position works as a Biological Science Technician at the Mid-Columbia River Fisheries Resources Office located in Leavenworth, Washington, assisting professional biologists in completing fisheries studies and/or projects.

Major duties include:
Conducting spawning ground surveys using inflatable boats such as catarafts, rafts, or similar style vessels in fast flowing water conditions.
Entering and analyzing field data using standardized statistical methods to prepare fisheries reports.
Assisting biologists in the preparation of technical reports, including project reports and summaries, biological narratives, habitat population assessments, and survey findings.
Accurately and independently collecting, recording, compiling and organizing fisheries data using arithmetic and statistical procedures.
Operating and maintaining fishery equipment such as rotary screw traps, electro-shockers, PIT tag transceivers, trawls, gillnets, fyke nets, generators, cars, trucks, and cameras.
Serving as a field crew leader and contact in the maintenance and operation of fish traps, fish recovery, fish capture, and PIT tag handling.
Communicating to others pertinent regulations and scientific procedures, standards and methods regarding fish and wildlife investigations, studies, and project activities.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

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.

SELECTIVE FACTOR

The selected applicant must have a demonstrated ability to operate non-motorized watercraft in whitewater river conditions such as operating rafts and catarafts during moderate flow conditions and applying all aspects of swift water boat operation and safety procedures to perform the duties of the Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-6 A. Have one year specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-5 level in the federal government that involved doing at least 3 of the following duties: 1) collecting fish for study or measurement using passive and active techniques; 2) attaching conventional tags, PIT tags or radio tags to fish; 3) conducting biological surveys to obtain information on fish and their habitats; 4) conducting laboratory analysis on fish and water samples; and 5) extracting and analyzing data using computer systems.

OR

B. Have successfully completed at least one-half year (9 semester hours) of graduate level education that includes courses that are directly related to the occupation, such as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, aquaculture, etc.

OR
C. I have a combination of experience as described in "A" above and graduate level education as described in "B" above that together meet the minimum qualification requirements for this grade. (To combine education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required. Then determine your qualifying education as a percentage of the required education. When added together, the two percentages must equal at least 100% to qualify for this grade.)

EDUCATION

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)

Work evenings and weekends
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 SPAWNING BIOLOGY AND SPAWNING HABITAT REQUIREMENTS OF SALMONIDS.
ABILITY TO USE COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS.
ABILITY TO ACCURATELY RECORD, COMPILE AND REPORT DATA.
KNOWLEDGE OF EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.
ABILITY TO DIRECT AND ORGANIZE FIELD CREWS.
SKILL IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS.

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.

Please 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 veteran's preference above non-preference eligible 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-09 grade level or higher.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Position demands the ability to do white water rafting to perform surveys, which requires strenuous physical exertion to maneuver the boat through rapids and down the river in a safe manner. This position will require for extended periods of time, working on, in, and around swift-flowing streams and rivers both day and night. Position will require the ability to swim, wade and tolerate the risk of cold-water immersion. The duration of such physical activity might be for most of the workday. Also may need to walk or climb over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending; crouching; stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect or record field data. Will also need to lift objects up to 50 pounds at times. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions such as cold, dampness, and humidity.

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