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Job Title:Interdisciplinary: Fish Biologist (Genetics) or Geneticist (Fisheries)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-626688-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 30, 2012 to Monday, May 21, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




1 vacancy - Longview, WA United StatesView Map


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As a Fish Biologist (Genetics), GS-0482 or Geneticist (Fisheries), GS-0440 you will take the lead in genetic data collection, analysis, and report writing for a variety of projects working with different fish species and genetic analysis methods e.g., to address questions of population structure, population assignment, and species and sex identification. You will also provide day to day coordination among cooperators and staff to ensure consistency and quality control. In addition, you will also use genetic methods to estimate the relative reproductive success of hatchery-origin and natural-origin Pacific Salmon in the wild.

This position will be located at the Abernathy Fish Technology Center located in Longview, Washington. For more information about the Abernathy Fish Technology Center visit:

This is a full-time, term position not-to-exceed 13 months. This appointment may be extended for a total appointment not-to-exceed four years, without further competition.


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Trial Period
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform


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1. Work as a member of a team conducting complex molecular genetic analyses of Pacific salmon to reconstruct pedigrees in natural populations, assign individuals to population of origin, and quantify levels of genetic variation within and among populations.

2. Use DNA markers and automated DNA analyzers/sequences to collect genotypic, gene frequency, and DNA sequence data on hatchery and wild populations of fishes. These procedures include extraction and archiving of DNA, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of target genes/sequences, operation and maintenance of sophisticated laboratory equipment including PCR machines, liquid handling robots, and automated DNA sequencers.

3. Use statistical analyses and generate graphical representations of study results, and incorporate these data into written reports, scientific publications, and oral presentations. Statistical methods include, but are not limited to: genetic parentage analysis, analyses of genetic variation within and among populations, genetic population assignments, analysis of genetic population structure, genetic identification of hybrids, and stock identification.

4. Prepare written reports and scientific publications, integrating genetic analyses.

5. Deliver oral presentations at workshops, symposia, and other scientific meetings.


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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 (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify 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 coursework 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 qualify for this position you must meet the criteria outlined in the “Basic Qualifications” section AND the “Additional Requirements” section. In addition, the "Selective Factor" must be met only if qualifying based on education.



In order to meet the basic qualifications of this position you must meet the criteria, outlined below, to be eligible for the specific series.


To qualify for the Geneticist, GS-0440 series, you must meet the following scenario:

1.) A Bachelor’s degree in Genetics or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.

Note on Graduate Education: Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, provided it placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.



To qualify for the Fish Biologist, GS-0482 series, you must meet one of the following scenarios:


A. Possess a degree with a major in a biological science that included:

·         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 course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.).


B. Possess 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. This requires that you possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience.






A) Have at least two years, full-time of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to fish biology or genetics. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.


B) Have one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as performing at least three of the following activities:


1) Using DNA markers and automated DNA analyzers/sequencers to collect genotypic data, gene frequency, and DNA sequence data on populations of fish; AND

2) Extracting and archiving DNA from fish populations; AND

3) Utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify target genes/sequences; AND

4) Conducting molecular genetic analyses of salmonid fishes.


You must meet the following selective factor, in addition to the requirements described above, IF you are qualifying based on education. If you are qualifying based on one year of specialized experience this selective factor does not apply to you.

You must have completed additional coursework that included lab work and was obtained through training or an educational institution in the fields of either: molecular genetics, molecular ecology, evolutionary genetics, genomics, population genetics, fish genetics, conservation genetics, or genetic analysis. This coursework must be in addition to what is used to meet the basic qualifications of the position i.e., courses credited towards meeting the basic education requirement cannot be used to meet this requirement. This will be documented by either course transcripts or a completion of training certificate. If it is not evident by the course or training title that the course is included in the fields mentioned then documentation must be submitted that shows how the coursework or training relates to one of the fields required.NOTE: If qualifying based on specialized experience, your resume must clearly describe your specialized experience, as indicated above, or you may be found not qualified for this position.


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

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

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

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Must serve one-year trial period.

Maintain a valid Driver's License.

Wear official Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

Direct deposit of salary payment.

Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:






  • 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.

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

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.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For more information about these benefits, please visit Benefits


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, May 21, 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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link  The vacancy ID for this job is 626688. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this OPM Form OPM 1203 fx to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

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


For this job announcement, the following documents are required: 

  1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Transcripts.
  4. Veteran’s documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable;
  5. Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred.  See

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. 


No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.
If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at


If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 626688.


Jessica F. Clarkson
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11 Ave
Portland, OR


Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (
626688) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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