Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)
Department Of The Interior - Essex Junction, VT

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Biological Science Technician (Fisheries), GS-0404-04

Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

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Please note: This announcement is for a temporary position not to exceed six months. This position may be extended up to two years without further advertisement.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • Selectee must wear the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
  • Some travel (infrequent overnight stays) is required for field work.
  • Unusual tour of duty (10 hr day, nights, weekends, etc.) may be required.
  • Moving expenses (PCS) are not authorized.

DUTIES: As a Biological Science Technician at the Lake Champlain Fish & Wildlife Resources Office, you will be responsible for: ·
  • Assisting Fishery Biologists and higher-graded Biological Technicians in conducting larval sea lamprey assessments;
  • Conducting surveys to determine the distribution, abundance, and growth of larval sea lampreys in streams and associated lentic areas;
  • Tending adult sea lamprey traps throughout their spawning season;
  • Conducting assessments to determine the relative and/or absolute abundance of sea lampreys in the larval, parasitic, and spawning life stages;
  • Measuring the impact of control operations on non-target species; and
  • Measuring the physical and chemical habitat metrics associated with sample sites

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. Two years of education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours of study in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of the coursework is directly related to the position being filled. - OR -

B. Six months of general experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position or provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the position, such as a knowledge of scientific terminology or standard laboratory practices/equipment.. In addition, you also possess 6 months of specialized experience, which included handling live aquatic specimens; assisting in the collection of field data for scientific studies; operating standard fishing gear (electrofishing equipment, simple traps, etc); and preparing routine reports. - OR -

C. A combination of experience as described under letter B above and education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. To calculate your percentage of education, divide your total number of semester hours by 60 (or your school's definition of two years of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

All new employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.

A background security investigation MAY be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: To determine if you are among the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Although veterans do not receive additional points, veterans' preference is still applied b y placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Please follow the instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your category assignment. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Technical Competence - Fishery Biology
  • Skill in using and maintaining common fishery equipment and gear
  • Written Communication
BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION: 1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see

2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA. ( )

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website: .

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