Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)
Department Of The Interior - Pierre, SD

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The employee in this position serves as a full-time, Term-Seasonal Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, located in Pierre, South Dakota.

This Term-Seasonal position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 grade level. A Term-Seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. IN THIS POSITION, THE EMPLOYEE MAY WORK AT LEAST 26 WEEKS, BUT NOT MORE THAN 50 WEEKS IN A SERVICE YEAR. Dependent upon individual workload needs and funding, individual positions may work more than 26 weeks. When services are not required, the employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 levels

Travel required - field work will be conducted for a minimum of 10 weeks throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Uniform required

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required
  • Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required

DUTIES:
  • Conducts field activities using a variety of gear types including electro fishing, trap-, hoop-, and gill nets; and specialized equipment designed for radio tracking and water quality analysis; responsible for maintaining station equipment in good working order.
  • Conducts laboratory work including preparing and interpreting fish scales and other bony structures for age and growth; and sorting and cataloging fish and invertebrates collected for food habits analysis.
  • Enters and analyzes field data using standardized software packages and assists senior biologist with summarizing findings into reports; writes technical reports describing results.
  • Leads seasonal personnel in maintenance of equipment, buildings, and with the performance of field work.
Physical demands can be high. Work days often exceed 8 hours and may include weekends. The work involves lifting, pulling, hiking over rough terrain, and wading in marshes. The employee will encounter a wide variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Much of the work is performed over/in water near 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The work is often conducted away from the station over extended time periods throughout much of the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Ability to travel for extended periods is required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-06: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05 grade level is qualifying for GS-06) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as work assisting in the collection of fish and biological data on large rivers and streams, using otter trawls, trammel nets, trot lines, gill nets, electrofishing, and various other methods; identifying fish species and collecting biological fish, invertebrate, and macroinvertebrate data. This experience must also include experience operating and maintaining field equipment and boats.

GS-07: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06 grade level is qualifying for GS-07) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience is defined as work collecting fish and biological data on large rivers and streams, using otter trawls, trammel nets, trot lines, gill nets, electrofishing, and various other methods; identifying fish species, collecting, as well as compiling, summarizing, and developing technical reports on biological fish, invertebrate, and macroinvertebrate data. This experience must also include experience operating and maintaining field equipment and boats.

NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-06: Successful completion of one-half year (9 semester hours) of graduate level education at an accredited college or university that is directly related to the work of this position.

GS-07: Successful completion of one full year of graduate level education at an accredited college or university that is directly related to the work of this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-06 and GS-07 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
  • Knowledgeof the principles, theories and methods of fish biology
  • Knowledgeof field sampling methods
  • Abilityto conduct field surveys
  • Abilityto communicate biological information
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION: Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

If a selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the employee's satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.

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