Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Drug testing position
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
May be required to work?non-standard hours, during Federal Holidays, and on weekends.
Required to maintain diving authorization in accordance with Fish and Wildlife Service policy which includes medical examination, diving certification, diving skills and physical fitness evaluation.
Only experience and education obtained by
Basic Education Requirement for the 0482 Job Series (must meet A or B to qualify)
A. Possess 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, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. NOTE: If you select this response, you will be required to provide a copy of your official college transcripts to show how you meet this requirement.
B. Possess 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. NOTE: If you select this response, please provide a copy of your official college transcripts to show how you meet the educational requirement.
Additional Qualification for the GS-0482-09 level (must meet A, B, or C, to qualify)
A. Possess one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience includes: operating and maintaining aquatic species propagation and sampling equipment; fish and mussel identification and assessment; fish and mussel culture.
B. Completion of two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in an accredited college or university leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to fishery biology such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, fish and wildlife management, marine science, or other fields directly related to fishery biology
C. Possess an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education in excess of the first year which together equals 100% of the requirements.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education.
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
A PCS move is not authorized.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.
Physical Demands/Work Environment:
This position at times involves frequent and extended field trips and the use of cumbersome and heavy field equipment. The employee is required to carry heavy equipment and supplies frequently without assistance over rugged terrain. Must be physically able to carry up to 50 pounds into remote areas over uneven terrain. Transportation is by truck, boats, and by foot in often steep terrain. The position must often withstand inclement weather, physical exertion, long hours in the field and wading/snorkeling/swimming or operating boats in swift, cold and murky water. Some work is sedentary.
The work is performed in an office and outdoors. The work outdoors is often in water or in a boat. The office is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Certain tasks and environments may require mandatory use personal protective equipment (PPE). When tasks require the use of PPE, appropriate equipment and training will be provided. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work; the incumbent may have their whole body immersed in cold, swift, murky water for periods of time while conducting snorkel or scuba surveys of fish and mussel habitat; and while conducting field studies during the summer, air temperatures may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The incumbent is expected to conduct studies in a safe and orderly manner consistent with Service policies and directives so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, the public, or property with which entrusted. The incumbent may work in remote locations. Work requires special safety precautions and/or protective clothing and equipment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of Fishery Biology, related biological and natural resource sciences and fish and mussel culture techniques and methods sufficient to apply them to propagation programs.
Ability to operate and maintain aquatic species propagation and sampling equipment including rearing units, nets and cages and to perform sampling; marking; snorkel and scuba surveys; and water measurements.
Knowledge of mussel culture techniques, and a broad knowledge of related mussel ecology, and life history.
Ability to conduct detailed investigations, and report findings verbally and in writing. Ability to coordinate activities with other agencies and organizations; deal effectively with the general public; and exercise tact and diplomacy in official association with Federal, State, local agencies, and with private and national organizations.
Ability to author technical proposals, and reports that effectively convey the purpose of the work, investigation methods, analysis, results, and explicitly address assumptions and uncertainties.
Knowledge of techniques, equipment, and various procedures applied in fish/aquatic species culture.
Knowledge of fish and mussel identification and assessment techniques.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
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 quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process