Fish Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Corona, CA

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-05020052-3508G-MCS . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.
Additional selections may be made if another like vacancy occurs within 120 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

Position is located on the Cleveland National Forest with duty location in Corona, CA. For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Gloria Silva, at 858-524-0136, gsilva@fs.fed.us .

Please read the announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to receive proper consideration. All supporting documentation required to determine basic eligibility and/or support a claim for veterans preference (i.e., transcripts. DD-214, SF-15, Veterans Affairs statement re: percent of disability, etc.) must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement.

Please do not submit any documents outside the electronic process; receipt of such documents outside the on-line application process will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed to verify qualifications and eligibility prior to issuing certificates to a selecting official. Work history should contain sufficient information to validate qualification and the specialized experience claimed in the questionnaire. Applicants are encouraged to highlight accomplishments that are specific to the duties and specialized experience requirements of this position.

If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, your DD-214 is required at the time of application.

We expect to make a final job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications. Reinstatement eligibles, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligibles, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers may be considered under special hiring authorities.

The applicant must furnish the required proof or certification of eligibility if selected. This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your official college transcripts is required. Transcripts must be attached to your application prior to the closing date of the announcement; please include your name and the announcement number on all documents. Applicants who fail to submit their transcripts with their application will not be given credit for their education.

This position is being advertised as a Career Ladder. Target Grade is a GS-11. Position may be filled as career ladder or could be filled at full performance level. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Provides advice and develops plans and a program related to the protection and management of aquatic resources.

Develops the fisheries program and budget and reports accomplishment in support of program and other goals.

Designs and conducts fish habitat and population monitoring studies and strategies to collect new data required for ensuring habitat and population maintenance.

Promotes understanding, cooperation and partnerships between the Forest Service; other Federal agencies, Tribal, and State wildlife agencies; and special interest groups regarding fisheries resource and other resource activities.

Participates on or leads interdisciplinary teams to study and plan proposed management activities.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Bachelor's Degree: major in biological science that included at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.) OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Research Positions: Applicants must show that they have a degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included: At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.

GS-09- One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service; or two years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a master’s degree or master’s equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position. Experience 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.

Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: : assisting in surveys, assisting in designing and implementing restoration plans, and conducting recovery plans and other fish management plans; assisting in preparing reports of results and findings; assisting in identifying and protecting aquatic habitats and associated and interconnected uplands that contribute to stream and lake habitat quality.

GS-11 One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service; or three years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. degree or P.h.D. equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position. Experience 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.

Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: conducting surveys, designing and implementing restoration plans, and developing recovery plans and other fish management plans; preparing reports of results and findings; identifying and protecting aquatic habitats and associated and interconnected uplands that contribute to stream and lake habitat quality; studying habitat requirements and the effects of environmental contaminants, parasites, and diseases on aquatic species.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=36f0613c-bf1f-43b6-a9a9-a16600e2e9db

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

. OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

This position requires completion of a three-year probationary period in accordance with the USDA Demonstration Project Authority. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
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If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

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