Biological Science Technician (Fish)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Term NTE 13 months Full Time You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Watch these short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss and Diversity is our Strength.
The employee in this position serves as a full-time, Term Biological Science Technician (Fish) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Jackson National Fish Hatchery, located in Jackson, Wyoming.
This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.
Government housing available, but not required
Uniform required
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.
U.S. citizenship required A background investigation may be required Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required
Care for eggs, fry, and fish throughout the rearing and distribution cycle.
Collect, measure, and record biological information such as species, size, weight, sex, age, percentage mortalities, etc.
Assist with rearing, spawning and propagation activities of adult broodstock according to established procedures.
Monitor fish health and administer preventive and curative disease treatments.
Perform general construction and maintenance tasks unique to a hatchery, such as plumb hatchery tanks and egg incubation using PVC, carpentry to repair crowding screens, painting in and around hatchery and houses, and mechanics for minor repair of equipment.
Prolonged standing, walking, stooping, bending, and climbing is required, as well as lifting, carrying and setting up equipment. Various items such as feed bags, buckets and fish nets weighing up 50 pounds are lifted frequently. The work is performed in and around running water both indoors and outdoors. The work requires regular exposure to moderate risks and discomfort, including adverse weather conditions, temperature changes, dusty and noisy environments, as well as slippery, wet, and uneven surfaces. A variety of protective safety gear is required. The employee will be required to work occasional weekends and holidays.
Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at .
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: GS-05: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04 grade level is qualifying for GS-05) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience at this level includes all of the following: caring for eggs, fry and fish throughout the rearing and distribution cycle; cleaning and maintaining fish tanks and raceways; assisting with spawning and care for broodstock; collecting information on fish for biological work that is performed in a controlled environment.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-05: Successful completion a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor''s degree with major study or at least 24 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 fisheries.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-05 grade level, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
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. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
NOTE: It is the applicant''s responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi or an official course description, as provided by the university course catalog. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
Knowledge of fish culture methods and techniques
Ability to collect biological data
Ability to record biological data
Ability to maintain and operate fish culture equipment
Ability to communicate orally
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant''s total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified - 2. Well Qualified - 3. Better Qualified - 4. Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities.
Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran''s preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.
All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.
It is the applicant''s responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.
NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: OR .
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 1154698. Fax your documents to .
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you cannot apply online: 1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and;
2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire , and;
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here:
2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education OR if there is a Basic Education Requirement for this position.
VETERAN''S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran''s preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran''s preference, go to /.
NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service. If you do not submit a Member-4 copy, you will not be given preference.
Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran''s Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to .
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: .
Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
If a selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the employee''s satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.

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