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Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service
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Fish Biologist

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Summary This position is part of the Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. As a Fish Biologist you will be part of a team tasked with using teamwork, creativity, and partnering to solve complex and evolving issues surrounding the long-term sustainability of priority native fishes and fisheries across the Lake Superior basin. This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years. Responsibilities Major duties at the full performance level will include, but are not limited to, the following: Conducts biological surveys on waters of the Great Lakes and connecting channel. Conducts studies of various factors affecting fish and fish populations. Prepares reports summarizing the results of biological surveys and studies. Operates and maintains specialized fish sampling equipment. Assists in the development of fisheries management plans. Travel Required 50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position. Requirements Requirements 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 Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required May be required to successfully complete a probationary period Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by \ src=\\/images\/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date\ \/> \ src=\\/images\/placeholder.png?txt=Close Date\ \/> will be considered. BASIC REQUIREMENTS A degree with a major in biological science that included: (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 in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. OR A 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 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-9 LEVEL In order to qualify at the GS-11 level you must possess one of the following: Specialized Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the federal service that equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include conducting biological surveys of waters for the preservation and rehabilitation of fishery resources; conducting studies of fish populations and performing data analysis; and preparing and presenting scientific data relative to fishery resources. OR Education: You must have completed 2 years (36 semester hours) of graduate level education or a master's degree with major study in fisheries or aquatics. OR Combination of Education and Experience: If you do not have the full amount of specialized experience or graduate education as required for the specific grade level, you may combine an equivalent amount of experience and graduate education to meet the requirements in full. To determine, you must first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required. NOTE: {only graduate level education in excess of that required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience}. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal to at least 100 percent for you to qualify. To be credited as specialized experience, technical work must be comparable to that which would have been gained in a professional series and clearly demonstrate that the applicant has the necessary background to perform satisfactorily the duties of the position to be filled. Professional positions generally differ significantly in the nature of the work (e.g., greater independence, responsibility, and judgment). Therefore, if applying for this professional position and you wish to be considered on the basis of a minimum one year of technical work experience at the next lower grade, your application must clearly evidence the variety and progressive nature (independence, responsibility, and judgment) of your work assignments and any applicable training or coursework completed. Education 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. For further information, visit: Additional information Career Transition Assistance (CTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate\/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster or situational. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 04\/27\/2018. Relocation expenses are not authorized CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: . 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 fishery biology and related disciplines. Knowledge of planning and programming as related to a fishery resource program. Ability to analyze and evaluate technical data in order to make recommendations and to meet fishery objectives. Ability to communicate technical data orally. Ability to communicate technical data in written form. 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: Best Qualified Well Qualified Qualified 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

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