Fisheries Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Portland, OR

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This position is located in Region 6, at the Regional Office, within the Pacific Northwest Regional Fisheries Biologist group in Portland, OR.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact James Capurso at 503-808-2847 or email at .

This is a Fisheries Biologist position and is responsible for administration of the fish habitat and related coordination with other resources.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-06-4397L-MZ. 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 to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Prepares environmental analysis reports as needed, and develops biological evaluations for threatened, endangered and sensitive species.

Develops standard plans for evaluating fisheries and riparian habitat.

Determines need for restoration projects and management action improvements and protection.

Works cooperatively with State, Tribal, and Federal fish and water quality management agencies. This includes gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine fish habitat needs; determining key spawning, rearing, recommending solutions to special issues or problems involving fishies resources; determining the need for and designing of fish habitat improvement projects; developing project plans for inclusion in Forest program of work; and studying and recommending solutions to special coordination problems involving fish habitat protection.

Duties listed are at the full performance level. 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. Transcripts must be provided with your application . Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.


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.)


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.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. 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-5: Bachelor's degree or higher with a major in a biological science that included at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects (e.g., limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany/fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and 12 semester hours in animal sciences, e.g., zoology, entomology, ecology, etc.


Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of course work in a biological science of which at least 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours in the animal sciences plus appropriate experience or additional education. My resume reflects the experience used to meet this requirement.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; and/or a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisted in the preparation of documents and visual aids related to managing fisheries resources; assisted in the routine observation, measurement, inventorying, and recording of scientific data used to support fisheries resource management plans and strategies; and/or gathered information and research data in a fisheries resources functional area using a variety of established methods, procedures, and techniques where tasks involved research and analysis or data into work products intended to convey information.


One year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

GS-9: 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 common qualitative and quantitative analyses of fisheries resources; conducted routine tests; and/or prepared test samples, draft designs, or tentative professional opinions to assist in determining fisheries resource needs and remedies and/or assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the fisheries biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support fish project recommendations.


Two 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).

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

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

You will be evaluated in accordance with 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.

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

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.

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 .

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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