Candidates must meet the educational requirements for Fish Biologist. Additionally, candidates at the GS-11 level must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 level or have completed requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; candidates at the GS-12 level must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level; candidates at the GS-13 level must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.
Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is defined as experience in addressing moderately complex fisheries issues.
Specialized Experience for the GS-12 is defined as experience in addressing complex applied fisheries issues.
Specialized Experience for the GS-13 is defined as experience in addressing fisheries issues associated with the processing of hydropower development applications.
To be considered, candidates must meet the educational requirements for an Fish Biologist. The link to the OPM Qualification Standard for Fish Biologist is: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0482.htm.
**You must meet these educational requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
**If you are using a combination of education and experience to qualify for this position, you must meet the educational requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Candidates qualifying for the GS-11 level based on the PhD or equivalent doctoral degree option must have completed all requirements for a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree by the closing date of the announcement.
CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.
Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of marine and freshwater resident and anadromous fish, water quality, and related aquatic resources.
2. Demonstrated ability to prepare and present clear, concise and well-organized environmental documents, both orally and in writing.
3. Demonstrated skills in analyzing complex marine and freshwater resident and anadromous fish biology, fish passage, instream flow, water quality, and related aquatic biology matters. To preview questions please click here.