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Job Title:  Fish Biologist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-MP-2013-0084

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position within the Division of Hydropower Licensing.   The position is located in the Washington Office, and the incumbent will serve as a Fish Biologist.  

 More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.


Position is included in the Bargaining Unit


Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience/one yr probationary period may be required
  • Please submit SF-50 to reflect eligibility for MP consideration
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service
  • A background investigation is required
  • Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) are required at time of application


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Incumbent of this position will:

- Analyze highly complex data on marine and freshwater resident and anadromous fish, fish passage, water quality, instream flow and related aquatic biology matters as they relate to the construction, modification, operation, and maintenance of hydropower projects.


-  Serve as project coordinator of multidisciplinary teams assigned to prepare staff environmental documents.


-  Plan and execute meetings on complex marine and freshwater resident and anadromous fish biology, fish passage, instream flow, water quality, and related aquatic biology matters with attorneys, engineers, hydrologists, and biologists from licensees, applicants for license, and local, state, and federal agencies.


Duties and responsibilities at the GS-11 and GS-12 levels may be of less complexity.


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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:

**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.



Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.  You must meet Time-in-Grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  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., SF-50, 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.


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.  Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.  The ideal candidate will possess the following:


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.


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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.


When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Travel required.  Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply

Tips for Applying  For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations  you've given. 

-Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement. 

-Submit all requested documentation; e.g., SF-50, transcripts, veterans information


Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:  Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status.  (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2").  If you are currently on a Veterans recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that.  Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit.  (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit an SF-50).


ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must receive a score of 90 or higher. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.   SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION IF YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER A SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY, SUBMIT A COPY OF PROOF OF YOUR ELIGIBILITY.  VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION - IF YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE VEOA, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE OR DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, DD-214 (MEMBER 4 COPY), OR OTHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FROM A BRANCH OF THE ARMED FORCES OR THE DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SHOWING DATES OF SERVICE AND TYPE OF DISCHARGE.  TEN-POINT PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES MUST ALSO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR 10-POINT VETERAN PREFERENCE, SF-15,  ALONG WITH REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE SF-15 FORM.  AN SF-15 MAY BE FOUND AT http://www/

For more information on veterans' preference, please go to


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Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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