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Job Title:Fish Biologist (TERM)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-13-771423-DG

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

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$50,021.00 to $65,023.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 16, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months




1 vacancy in the following location:
Vancouver, WA United StatesView Map


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


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Initial Probationary Period
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform


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This position will work as a Fish Biologist for the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office located in Vancouver, Washington,

Major duties include:

  • Independently design, conduct, and coordinate biological studies using established biological principles and methodologies to address lamprey populations, patterns of occupancy, or habitat conditions.
  • Perform independent laboratory activities related to the physiological ecology of western lampreys and mussels, including osmoregulation, metamorphosis, growth and nutrition.
  • Maintain and utilize captive lamprey for research and conservation.
  • Collaborate, consult, and advise, in development of regional implementation plans for Pacific lamprey resulting from the new Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative.
  • Participate on workgroups to prioritize regional conservation actions.
  • Use sampling equipment and approaches, including deepwater electrofishing/suction dredging from a boat, backpack electrofishing, seining, snorkeling, or screw-trapping installation and operation.
  • Identify lamprey species and native fish in all life stages, especially larval, and assist lead biologist teaching regional workshops on lamprey identification and sampling.
  • Train and lead work crews in conducting surveys, using a broad range of sampling techniques.
  • Design and conduct statistically robust, probabilistic survey frameworks based on generalized-random-tessellation-stratified (GRTS) procedures to address lamprey populations and habitat conditions.
  • Use software and hardware associated with GPS, ArcGIS, radio telemetry technology and remote temperature loggers to collect data on the biology or habitat requirements of aquatic species.


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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. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.

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 course work 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.

This position requires demonstrated ability to independently use Program R to execute a Generalized Random Tessellated Stratified procedure and coupled with ArcGIS software to develop and identify survey locations.

A. Have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 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. Please Note: You must submit transcripts to verify education claims.
B. Have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. This combination includes 1) at least 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects as described in "A" above; AND 2) 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences as listed above plus appropriate experience or additional education. Please Note: You must submit transcripts to verify education claims.

A. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service performing at least 3 of the following duties: 1) Operating suction dredge to remove larval lamprey from sediment beds; 2) Operating deep water, boat-mounted electrofisher to immobilize and collect larval lamprey; 3) Conducting surveys to monitor and assess the abundance and distribution of lamprey and other non-salmonid populations; and 4) Collecting data on the status of lamprey habitat
B. Have successfully completed at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Master's degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.
C. Have a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) and specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of the first year/18 semester hours may be creditable when combining.


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)

  • Dept. of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service Motorboat Operator certification within 90 days of appointment.
  • Electrofishing safety course within 90 days of appointment.
  • 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


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.


Physical Demands:  This position will require significant physical exertion, such as walking considerable distance in rough, wet, uneven, or rocky terrain, wading through swift, turbulent waters, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities.  Must be able to carry heavy field equipment (up to 50 pounds) in various environmental conditions or temperature extremes. This position will also require operation of boats and complicated sampling gear. Other work may be indoors, sitting at a desk, writing and analyzing data for hours at a time.

Work Environment:  Both indoor and outdoor work occurs.  May have temperature and weather extremes.  Work from small and frequently wet watercraft in rough conditions and wading in cold, swift water at times.  Fieldwork is conducted year round and can involve exposure to dangerous or hazardous situations negotiating rivers and streams during periods of high water flows.  Will encounter windy and rough conditions at times.  May have travel time of 10 continuous days per month during field season.


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Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Friday, November 16, 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 771423. 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 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.


Ensure your application materials DO NOT include your date-of-birth or contain photograph(s).

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.  USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Transcripts, REQUIRED.

Send these documents if applicable.

  • Veteran’s documentation (Member 4 copy of DD-214, or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable.
  • 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 R1-13-771423-DG.


Diane S. Golden
Phone: (503)231-6136
TDD: 503-231-6166
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR


After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt.

After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. 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 your full name and vacancy number (R1-13-771423-DG) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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