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.

The incumbent of this position serves as the fish biologist for the Region 5, Cleveland National Forest and is located on the Trabuco Ranger District in Corona, CA with responsibility for planning, administering, and providing professional expertise in fisheries programs and provides expertise and assistance in fishery and wildlife resource management.

If you have further questions regarding the duties of this position, please contact Gloria Silva, Ecosystem & Planning Staff Officer at 858.524.0136 or gsilva@fs.fed.us

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-1105020052-03508G-MDS. 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES:
THE DUTIES LISTED BELOW REFLECT THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL OF THE POSITION BEING ADVERTISED:

Provides advice and develops plans related to the protection and management of aquatic resources, including fish passage, stream inventory, stream productivity, stream utilization, physical and biological characteristics, endangered or sensitive species, and habitat improvements or rehabilitation programs. Leads the design of fish habitat and population monitoring studies and strategies to collect new data required for ensuring habitat and population maintenance.

Coordinates and works with staff in monitoring fish habitat and fish populations. Analyzes and interprets project and study data and results, and provides information for use in fish habitat management and project proposal reviews and decisions. Prepares environmental assessments, biological evaluations and environmental impact statements.

Provides aquatic ecosystem and fishery input during the planning phases of road construction projects, timber sales, micro-hydro projects, and livestock grazing allotment management plans, threatened, endangered or sensitive species. etc., on the land.

Participates in the formulation and evaluation of alternatives and in the development of final recommendations. Participates or leads budget development and management to support attainment of fisheries program objectives. Reports on program accomplishments and integrates program goals with other resource programs. May serve as COR for routine fishery studies and monitoring contracts.

Promotes understanding and cooperation between the Forest Service, other Federal agencies, Tribal, and State wildlife agencies, and special interest groups with respect to the fisheries resource and other resource 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

A combination of education and experience with 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.

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In addition to the basic requirements outlined above, the following additional education and/or experience are needed to qualify for this position.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-9:
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree (coursework directly related to the position being filled

OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level

AND/OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in fish biology and performed work 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.

GS-11:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled)

OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level

AND/OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

Examples of specialized experience are: : Experience 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 as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questiionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=168e8a2e-8684-47de-8cb0-a14d0012369e

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:
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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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 .

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.

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