Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Animal Caretaker (Fisheries)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R1-13-883293-KL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.36 to $16.78 / Per Hour
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Orofino, ID United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch short podcasts called Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is our Strength

This is a TEMPORARY position not-to-exceed 1 year and will be located at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery in Orofino, ID.  Extension of this appointment beyond the initial 1 year period will not be authorized. 

This position serves as an Animal Caretaker performing fish culturing work which involves breeding, rearing, and/or growing fish.  This position requires primarily physical labor to rear hatchery fish.


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Valid State driver's license is required
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
  • Evenings, weekends, and holidays work is required
  • Direct deposit of salary is required


Back to top

This position will perform tasks related to caring for eggs, fry, and fish throughout the rearing and distribution cycle.  Major duties include:

  • Feeding, sorting, collecting, counting, measuring, weighing, and/or tagging fish.
  • Monitoring the appearance and behavior of fish for changes indicate of illness, disease, or stress.
  • Catching and handling fish, maintaining control and transferring them from one location to another.
  • Marking live fish for identification by clipping fins and coding them with wire tags using clippers, scissors and tagging equipment.
  • Operating fish culture equipment which regulates water quantity and quality.
  • Performing a variety of maintenance tasks associated with fish rearing such as cleaning and disinfecting cages, pens, troughs, ponds, tanks, or raceways.
  • Performing minor maintenance tasks in support of hatchery operations using simple hand tools and power equipment, such as picking up trash, emptying trash cans, mowing grass, and washing vehicles and checking fluid levels.
  • Loading and unloading materials, equipment, or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.


Back to top

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

There is no specific amount of training or experience required.  However, to be found qualified for this position, you must demonstrate, through experience or training shown in your resume, that you possess the ability to be reliable and dependable as an Animal Caretaker (SCREEN OUT), as well as sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities in the job elements identified below to successfully perform the work of this position.  Failure to describe your experience or training adequately in your resume will result in a not qualified or lowered rating for this position.

Job Elements:

  • Ability to be reliable and dependable as an Animal Caretaker (SCREEN OUT)
  • Ability to handle weights and loads
  • Dexterity and safety
  • Following instructions
  • Special aptitude (fish handling and caring)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

PHYSICAL DEMAND:  This position requires regular and recurring moderate physical effort involves frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying fish, supplies, and materials varying weights, sizes, and shapes up to 50 pounds.  The work involves standing in place or stooping for extended periods of time and frequent immersion of hands in cold water.  Manual dexterity with quick reflex is required for handling live fish. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed both outdoor and indoor.  Outdoor work is performed in varying weather conditions and temperatures with exposure to wet and slippery surfaces, strong and unpleasant odors, drafts, loud noise, dust, and dirt.  Muscle strain, cuts, scrapes, and bruises are likely.


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 satisfy the requirements of the job elements - see Qualifications section for job elements identified for this position.

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.


Back to top
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.

Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information, visit Leave Administration.

Temporary employees are not eligible for life or health insurance.

You will earn Social Security credit while working with the government.


Extension of this appointment beyond the initial 1 year period will not be authorized. 


Back to top

To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, May 20, 2013.

*To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire.
*Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
*It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

*To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

*To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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. If claiming veteran's preference, proof of eligibility (Member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate); See 

4.  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. See

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use this cover page and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 883293.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on close date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 478-757-3144.

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 R1-13-883293-KL.


Kathy C. Le
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
Region 1
Division of Human Resources
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 (R1-13-883293-KL) 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.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance