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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R7-13-789350-AV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,126.00 to $55,083.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Kenai, AK United StatesView Map
Fairbanks, AK United StatesView Map
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

This announcement will be used to fill Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) positions in Region 7 (Alaska) with duty station locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Kenai, Alaska.  Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska

The work is temporary not-to-exceed 1,039 hours for the season (approximately six months) - work begins approximately mid-May and runs to early-October.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES:

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As a Biological Science Technician (Fisheries), you will:

  • Monitor salmon runs using fish weirs, Didson Sonar, and digital video equipment
  • Conduct abundance estimates of resident fish species
  • Document fish movement using radio telemetry
  • Sample water quality
  • Perform fish habitat inventory
  • Lead a small group of lower graded technicians in gathering field data, and provide necessary training in techniques and procedures.

 

Technicians will perform field work at various locations throughout the state, including remote areas in the Alaskan bush. Travel to field camps is primarily by small aircraft or boat.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the following representatives:

      Fairbanks - Aaron Martin at 907-456-0418

      Kenai - Ken Gates at 907-260-0126

      Anchorage - Jonathon Gerken at 907-271-2776


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to be rated as qualified we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements. Your resume must show the number of hours per week worked and the starting and ending dates of employment – month and year – (if the position was seasonal, the periods you worked)

 

For the GS-06 grade level, the applicant must have at least 1 year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-05 grade level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: aquatic ecology, fisheries science, fisheries management, and/or field-based fisheries or other aquatic ecological research, responsibility for field camp logistics; participating in the development of work plans and schedules; leading groups of technicians and providing the necessary training in techniques and procedures; research activity or control program work in support of fisheries programs.

 

OR

Have 6 months of graduate level education (9 semester/13 quarter hours) in a position-related field of biological sciences.

 

OR

Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.

 

For the GS-07 grade level the applicant must have at least 1year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-06 grade level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: providing technical support to professional biologists in completing all phases of a biological study or project of significant scope and duration including: project planning, logistical arrangements, field work, correlation and analysis of data completion of reports or other documents related to the project; research activity or control program work in support of fisheries programs.

 

OR

Have 1 year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) in a position-related field of biological sciences.

 

OR

Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.


Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.

 

All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance. 

 

Direct Deposit is required.

 

You will be required to safely carry, handle and use firearms for bear defense of self and others. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of fishery biology to perform biological field work
  • Ability to capture, identify measure or mark cold-water fish species using a variety of equipment
  • Skill in operating motorized watercraft on rivers or lakes for use in sampling and collecting biological specimens
  • Ability to work and live in remote, isolated locations in order to perform fish or aquatic ecological field work
  • Skill in leading a crew in performing work in a variety of field situations


BENEFITS:

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In addition to the base salary range and locality rate as previously stated, you will receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or 7.18% for all other Alaska locations. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition. 

 

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.   

 

Travel in government aircraft; including small, fixed wing and helicopters over long distances in sometimes turbulent flying conditions to remote locations is required as a part of the duties of this position. If you have a private life insurance policy, travel in a government aircraft may affect the benefits payable in the event of an accident.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is:  789350

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Monday, December 03, 2012

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Annyn Vanderlooven at (907) 271-2455 or Corriene Demientieff at (907) 271-3226 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) and/or the vacancy announcement number   R7-13-789350-AV.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university, if applicable.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location, if applicable.
  • Veterans' Preference (if applicable): If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documenation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation (VA Letter).  

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Annyn Vanderlooven
Phone: (907)271-2455
Email: ANNYN_VANDERLOOVEN@BLM.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
AK Combined Service Center
222 West 7th Ave #13
Anchorage, AK
99513

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.


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Job Announcement Number:

R7-13-789350-AV

Control Number:

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