Fish Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Roseburg, OR

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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 13-0615-1457G-TH . 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.

This position is located in Region 6, on the Umpqua National Forest in Roseburg, Oregon.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Joshua Chapman at (541) 957-3260 or email at j oshuachapman@fs.fed.us .

This is a Fish Biologist position at the Supervisor’s Office of the Umpqua National Forest. The position is responsible the protection, mangement and rehabilitiation of the forest riparian/aquatic habitat program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U. S. Citizen to apply.

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

DUTIES:
Provides technical and staff leadership, advice, and assistance to District Rangers on novel, complex problems arising from land use as it related to riparian/aquatic habitat management.

Studies water development projects and other land use projects proposed for National Forest lands by other Federal agencies, private organizations, and Districts under Federal permit, easement, or license to determine whether riparian/aquatic resource values have received adequate consideration and have been coordinated with other features of the program.

Prepares and supervises training activities of Forest personnel in recognition of riparian/aquatic habitat management requirements and evaluation of potentials to maintain, rehabilitate, and enhance such management including protection and management of rare and endangered species.

Provides for active marketing of Forest's riparian/aquatic habitat management program requests and recommends priorities of allocation of final dollars and targets, and track expenditure through the year.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Education 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.

For the GS-12 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11 in 0482 Fish Biology series.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

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. Examples of specialized experience are:

Provided 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; analyzed and interpreted project and study data and results, and provided information for use in fish habitat management and project proposal reviews and decisions; prepared environmental assessments, biological evaluations and environmental impact statements; participated or leads budget development and management to support attainment of fisheries program objectives; participated or lead budget development and management to support attainment of fisheries program objectives.

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

REQUIREMENTS

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 questionnaire. 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=e4fc0d3f-e002-4830-b286-a12b014244b8

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
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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.

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 .

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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