Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Fisheries)
Department Of The Interior - Onalaska, WI

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The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

This position is located at the La Crosse Fish Health Center which is involved with the diagnoses and treatment of fish diseases. This position performs a variety of biological technical work to promote the efficiency of the Fish Health Center.

This is a term position not-to-exceed 13 months. The appointment may be extended for an additional 3 years at management's discretion.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen

Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)

A valid state driver's license is required

Selected candidate must wear U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform

DUTIES:
The Biolological Lab Technician (Fisheries) performs the followin duties:

Operates, maintains and cleans laboratory diagnostic equipment such as inverted, stereo, and compound microscopes, electronic balances, centrifuges/autoclaves.

Assists fish health biologists with inspections and sampling of wild fish.

Prepares bacteriologial and virological media using sterile techniques.
Performs parasitological procedures needed to detect Myxobolus cerebralis .

Assists with processing tissues for hisotological examinations (e.g. embedding, sectioning and staining).

Assembles collection kits required for inspections and surveys.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must have one of the following:

A. Completed 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position of Biological Science Lab Technician (Fisheries). (Submit a copy of your transcript).
B. Possess 6 months of general experience: (1) work that demonstrates ability to perform the duties of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the fisheries area of biological work AND 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level in the Federal service that demonstrates ability to take scientific measurements and perform basic laboratory procedures and operate laboratory equipment; ability to perform a variety of standardized tests utilizing knowledge of fishery biology and microbiology.

C. A combination of experience and education as described above. (To compute this, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required above; add the two percentages, they must equal to at least 100 percent to qualify. (Submit a copy of your transcript.)

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the 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:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Requirements

See Key Requirements

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. 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. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. A pplicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of fishery biology and microbiology in order to perform a variety of standardized tests.

Ability to provide staff support at a fish health center.

Skill in taking scientific measurements and incorporating basic field and laboratory procedures to assist in identifying and detecting fish diseases.

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles 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-9 level or higher).

BENEFITS:
These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference." For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .

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

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . 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.

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