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Job Title:Fish Biologist (Trainee) (TERM)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-657467-RR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Monday, May 7, 2012 to Friday, May 11, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months




1 vacancy - Leavenworth, WA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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This position is located at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (NFH).  For more information on the Leavenworth NFH, go to:

The salary range for GS-07 is $38,790 - $50,431. 
The salary range for GS-09 is $47,448 - $61,678.

This is a Term position, not to exceed 13 months; however, it may be extended up to the 4 year limit without further competition. 


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Valid state drivers license is required
  • Work requires working evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Must occupy government-furnished quarters
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform


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At the target (full performance) level, GS-9, major duties will include:

  • Planning and carrying out daily activities of the production operation.  This includes rearing techniques and procedures for cold-water fish. 
  • Maintaining records of fish production and distribution. 
  • Assisting in program planning, budget preparation and execution of the planned program by gathering data, summarizing information, and making recommendations. 
  • Assisting in the spawning, rearing, harvest, and inventory of fish by providing work direction and advice to lower grade employees. 
  • Reviewing changes in procedures and techniques to advance fish husbandry and make recommended improvements.
  • Observing fish for signs of stress or disease and initiating appropriate steps to alleviate stress or treat disease.

At the GS-7, level, duties will be similar to those outlined above, but under closer supervision. You will independently carry out routine assignments that are specific and well-defined for the purpose of developing your ability to gather, interpret and analyze biological information. Training and developmental assignments will be provided to prepare you for progression to the full performance level. 

At the entry level, GS-5, you will perform conventional scientific tasks with limited and well-established boundaries under close supervision, such as collecting basic data from sampling, reporting observations, searching published literature to prepare digests on designated topics; assisting with report preparation. Training and developmental assignments will be provided.

Promotions are approved by Management upon determination that qualification standards have been met and employee demonstrates the ability to perform at the higher grade. 



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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.  You must have one of the following: 

A.  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included at least 6 semester (9 quarter) 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. An appropriate combination of education and experience which totals 4 years with courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., core courses, 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 noted above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination and education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities comparable to those normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study. Experience and education will each be computed as percentages of the overall 4 year requirement and must total 100 percent when combined. 

All applicants must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you currently occupy, or have previously held, a position in this occupational series, you must provide transcripts with your application.  If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

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

Combining of Education and Experience:  To combine education and experience, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds. For undergraduate education, divide the number of semester hours by 120. For graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18 or the number your school uses to represent one year of full-time study. To determine the percentage of qualifying experience, divide the total months of acceptable specialized experience by 12 months.  Add your percentages of education and experience together. The two percentages must total at least 100%.

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

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
- Direct deposit of salary payment

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

- Incumbent is required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned.  Alarm must be responded to timely in order to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable.


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:

- Knowledge of Fish Culture
- Knowledge of Data Analysis Techniques
- Ability to Communicate in Writing
- Ability to Communicate Orally

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) Friday, May 11, 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 657467. 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: 

- 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.

  • - Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • - Transcripts
  • - Veteran's documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15   and VA letter, as appropriate), if claiming veterans preference;
  • - If claiming priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, proof of eligibility is required.  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 TAG:VacancyID.


Rich Rosko
Phone: (503)231-6136
TDD: 503-231-6166
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 10 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 (
657467) 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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