Fish Biologist (Trainee) / Fish Biologist
Department Of The Interior - Lodi, CA

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As a fish biologist for the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office, Lodi, California, you will investigate and analyze various conventional fishery resource problems and environmental conditions to assist in restoring native fish in Central California Valley rivers and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Estuary.

For information about the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office, visit http://www.fws.gov/stockton/

Note: This seasonal term position is not-to-exceed 13 months. However, it may be extended up to a maximum of 4 years without further competition. The work is seasonal, typically February through December. You will be placed in nonpay status at the end of the season and recalled to duty for the next season.

More than one position may be filled should the need arise.

Salary Range
Fish Biologist (Trainee), GS-7: $45,923 - $59,704 per annum
Fish Biologist, GS-9: $56,172 - $73,019 per annum

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation

Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)

Pre-employment and random drug testing

Initial Probationary Period

Valid driver's license

Seasonal Employment (at least 26 but not more than 50 weeks per year)

DUTIES:
Planning, developing and executing fisheries investigations in the Central Valley of California using standard fish sampling techniques such as electrofishing, seining, hook and line sampling, trapping, tagging and marking fish for mark-recapture and survival estimation;

Analyzing data and reporting findings and recommended solutions to problems identified;

Assisting higher-graded biologists conducting fisheries investigations of complex land and water development proposals to determine their effects on the distribution and abundance of anadromous fish and other fish and aquatic species;

Coordinating fieldwork and/or data management;

Providing technical assistance to other agencies and the public on the conservation needs of Central Valley, Sacramento, and San Joaquin fish species;

Developing standard fishery resource and habitat assessment protocols for the San Joaquin River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Estuary;

Reviewing land and water development projects to evaluate potential fisheries impacts and identify alternatives to reduce or eliminate impacts;

Operating motorized vehicles and watercraft.

If selected as a Fish Biologist (Trainee) at the GS-07 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

Full Performance Level: 09

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

Note: All applicants must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position. If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the basic requirements to be eligible for any of the advertised grades.

A. Degree: major in biological science that included: At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fish biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fish 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 coursework in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement.)
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B. 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 hours were in aquatic subjects, and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-07: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must also meet one of the following:

A. At least 1 year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-05 level, which involved tasks such as: 1) conducting field investigations, studies and surveys such as rotary screw trapping, larval fish netting, and egg surveys; 2) assisting senior biologists in designing and conducting field studies to collect ecological and habitat data for fish species; and 3) analyzing and preparing initial interpretations of biological data.
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B. Successful completion of at least one full year of graduate education from an accredited college or university in fish biology or a related field. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester hours to be equal to one year of full-time study.
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C. Combination of education and experience: Specialized experience and graduate education as described in A and B can be combined to meet the additional qualification requirements. (See instructions under Education)
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D. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study from an accredited college or university in biological science, including the coursework requirements outlined under the Basic Requirements, PLUS meeting one of the following under the superior academic achievement provision: 1) Class Standing: In the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as College of Liberal Arts or School of Business Administration, based on the completed courses; or 2) Grade-Point Average: A grade-point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on the transcript, or as computed based on four years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field, or the required courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum. Note: grade-point averages are rounded to one decimal place - for example, 2.95 = 3.0, 2.94 = 2.9; or 3) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society. Freshman scholastic honor societies cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-09: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must also meet one of the following:

A. At least 1 year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal service that included such tasks as: 1) performing biological investigations on anadromous salmonids and their habitat in accordance with established practices and prescribed procedures; 2) analyzing data concerning fish populations and their habitat to evaluate the effects of restoration and management activities; and 3) writing reports of fishery investigations, including findings and conclusions.
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B. Completion of a two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in an accredited college or university leading to a Master's degree or equivalent degree in a field directly related to fish biology, such as limnology, ichthyology, fish biology, aquatic fauna, aquatic botany, oceanography, fish culture, marine science, or other fields directly related to fish biology.
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C. Combination of graduate education and experience as described above. Only graduate education in excess of 30 semester hours may be combined with experience to qualify under a combination of education and experience for the GS-09 level. (See instructions under Education)

EDUCATION

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

Graduate Education: One full year of graduate education is considered to be 18 semester hours, or the number the school has determined to represent one academic year of graduate study.

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Transcripts are required from all applicants and must include: Grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

To Combine Experience and Education: First, determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine your qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent.

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Dept. of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service Motorboat Operator certification.
Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The experience you describe in your resume must be sufficiently detailed to support your responses to the tasks in the questionnaire or your score may be lowered, you may be rated not eligible, or you may be found not qualified. The questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this job as listed below:

Knowledge of the biology and habitat requirements of native fishes in California's Central Valley;

Knowledge of fishery investigation and sampling techniques;

Ability to use automated data processing equipment to enter, process, and summarize fishery data for reports;

Ability to communicate orally; and

Ability to communicate in writing.

We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
Well Qualified : Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.

If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans .

Documents needed to receive consideration under the CTAP/ICTAP:

Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.

SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.

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