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Job Title:Supervisory Fish Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R5-12-603519-LB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 15, 2012 to Wednesday, February 29, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - East Orland, ME


Current Federal career and career conditional employees


Supervisory Fish Biologist (Project Leader) GS-0482-12/13

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Carribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch a short podcast called Meet Your New Boss!

This is a full-time PERMANENT position with duty at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland, ME.


Who may be considered?  This is a Government-wide recruitment, open to all current career or career-conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and persons eligible under Federal Special Hire Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles within the local commuting area of this vacancy may receive priority consideration. 

Federal employees must submit a copy of their last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) noting their position title, series, grade and tenure group to verify eligibility as a current, permanent Federal employee.


Filing Instructions/Deadline: Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  There are 2 steps that must be completed.  Please read the entire announcement for specific instructions on how to apply.


One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.



  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Valid driver's license required
  • Partial PCS move authorized
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Uniform required
  • Some travel required


As the Project Leader for the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland, ME, your duties will include:

  • Providing leadership and direction for the Service's Atlantic salmon restoration and recovery efforts in the Penobscot River and other select rivers supporting the endangered Population Segment within the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.
  • Work with federal, state, tribal and non-government partners to integrate the Services fishery management, habitat management, and other aquatic species propagation capabilities into broader interjurisdictional watershed and ecosystem management efforts.
  • Develop and implement Service and Regional strategic plans, policies, operating plans, annual work activity guidance (WAG), evaluation methods, and other administrative procedures for operation and management.
  • Administer the budget and personnel supervision.
  • Responsible for the annual production of approximately 1,500,000 Atlantic salmon fry in the Penobscot River and production and broodstock management for the Dennys, Sheepscot, Pleasant, Machias, East Machias , and Narraguagus Rivers for restoration/recovery stocking.


Qualifications: You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, February 29, 2012.



Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience.  Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.


In order to meet the basic requirements of a Fish Biologist in the GS-0482 series, you must possess a bachelors degree or higher in a biological science that includes the following coursework: 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 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 when appropriate.)  NOTE: You must submit a complete copy of your college transcripts to support this answer or you may found not qualified.

In order to meet the requirements at the GS-12 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience, comparable to the GS-11 level or higher, performing the following duties: carrying out technical or complex procedures related to the production of salmon or other species used in restoration and/or recovery stocking; ensuring current and correct aquaculture procedures are utilized in the fish hatchery; developing portions of operational management plans for fish hatcheries; and responding to questions regarding fish propagation techniques or programs.


In order to meet the requirements at the GS-13 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience, comparable to the GS-12 level or higher, performing the following duties with limited supervision;: overseeing the production of salmon and other species used in restoration and/or recovery stocking; training or providing guidance on current and correct aquaculture procedures utilized in restoration and/or recovery stocking; training providing guidance on current and correct aquaculture procedures utilized in a fish hatchery; developing strategic and operational management plans for fish hatcheries, including developing a budget; and providing technical guidance on fishery propagation and restoration.





ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.  For information, visit:

Requirements and Conditions:

  • You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
  • Valid State Driver's license required.
  • Unusual Tour of Duty (eg. weekend, holiday)
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official uniform must be worn in accordance with Service regulation.
  • PCS move authorized as follows:  Travel and Relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale.
  • This is a supervisory position.  Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a probationary period of one year.
  • This position requires a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.  The incumbent will be required to file an SF-450, Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure report, and a DI-1993, Supplement to the SF-450 and annually thereafter.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your 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.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):


  • Knowledge of theory, principles, methods of fishery biology and related disciplines in order to meet the production requirements of a complex hatchery and fishery management program that involves fish production and required intensive culture of genetically unique salmonids and other aquatic species as directed.
  • Skill in managing and overseeing the work of a fish hatchery
  • Ability to supervise hatchery and fisheries staff.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


1.  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

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

3.  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see 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.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA.   (

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website: .

5. Federal government employees, must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" showing your status as a FWS employee, or you will not be considered for this position.  

6. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see 

7. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions at OPM's web site at

8.  All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

9.  Employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment. 

10.  A background security investigation may be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. 


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes: 

1.      Your Resume

2.      A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.      Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below) 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.


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 at the end of the process. 


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete the cover page using the following link, the following Vacancy ID for this job is 603519.  Fax the cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


If you cannot apply online:

1.   Click on the following like to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2.   Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and

3.   Fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement, the following documents are required:


  • Resume
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education
  • Qualifications Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable
  • SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable


Louise Barry
Phone: (413)253-8262
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Massachusetts
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  


REMINDERS: Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain; undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it.  Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier (603519).  Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information.  If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name.  If you cannot be contact, or do not respond to requested information, it may be ground for not selecting you.

Control Number: 308701700
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