FISH BIOLOGIST
Department Of The Interior - Albuquerque, NM

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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This position is located at the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The employee in this position assists with a variety of fisheries management activities related to federal and state protected fishes, recreational fisheries on tribal lands, and conduct of long-term studies related to federal water projects. Specialized emphasis will be placed on recovery actions for federally protected fishes in the San Juan River and Gila River Basins.

This is a TERM position NTE 13 Months, but MAY be extended up to 4 years at management’s discretion.

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Background Investigation

One-year probation period

Pre-Employment Physical Exam is required

DUTIES:
  • Performs a variety of operational tasks and applies standard methods and practices relating to normal fishery management activities.
  • Collects and analyzes scientific data regarding fish community structure, macro habitat use, and water quality and fluvial hydrology.
  • Guides others in the collection, preservation, identification, and enumeration of fish specimens.
  • Compiles, analyzes, and presents data using database, statistical and graphic computer software.
  • Assists in program planning, budget preparation and execution of the planned programs by reviewing documents, making recommendations, gathering data, and summarizing information.
  • Prepares reports and memos for use by fellow scientists, for scientific publication, and for presentation at professional meetings inside and outside of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Presents information to groups, explaining programs of fisheries management and conservation as they relate to ecology and economy.
  • Uses specialized sampling techniques and methods including river rafting, back packing, passive and active gear, and backcountry horse/mule travel to gather data and study actual and potential impacts on fishery resources as a result of water development projects.
  • Operates and assists with the maintenance of government-owned equipment and vehicles.
  • Maintains field sampling and other gear.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .

Qualifications for GS-0482-09 Fish Biologist

Basic Education Requirement (you must meet A or B below to qualify):

A. A Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 1) 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 2) at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences subjects such as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects .

B. A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a 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 described in “A” above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also meet Specialized Experience listed below:

At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-07) in the Federal service. The experience equipped me with the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Examples of specialized experience must include:
Serving as a professional Fish Biologist at a field fishery management station or fish production hatchery; data collection, database management and routine data analysis; authoring scientific reports which summarize findings and recommendations and presenting these findings at scientific meetings and conferences; operating and maintaining motor vehicles as well as well as fish culture equipment.

Transcripts : You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:

View Occupational Questionnaire

Requirements:
  • A background investigation is required for this position.
  • Pre-Employment Physical Exam
  • Completion of a 1-year trial period is required (if one has not been completed)
  • Must wear the Service uniform
  • Must have a valid State driver’s license
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
  • Work is done indoors and out.
  • The employee encounters variable weather conditions and exposure to insects while working outdoors. Use of boats in all kinds of weather on lakes, and along streams and rivers.
  • Terrain with steep slopes, rocky stream beds, and unmaintained trails are encountered.
  • Prolonged standing, walking, stooping, bending, and climbing are required as well as lifting, carrying, and setting up equipment.
  • Items weighing up to 10 pounds are handled routinely and items 50 pounds or more are occasionally handled.
  • Considerable driving, hiking, climbing, and rafting are required
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of field fishery sampling techniques.

2. Skill in analyzing highly technical scientific data.

3. Ability to communicate orally to a diverse audience.

4. Ability to communicate in writing to a diverse audience.

5. Skill in operating and maintaining field equipment, facilities and motorized vehicles.

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

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 veterans’ preference see

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

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