You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.
Bachelor's Degree: major in biological science that included 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 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. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)
OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Research Positions: Applicants must show that they have a degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included: At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
GS-09- One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service; or two years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a master’s degree or master’s equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: : assisting in surveys, assisting in designing and implementing restoration plans, and conducting recovery plans and other fish management plans; assisting in preparing reports of results and findings; assisting in identifying and protecting aquatic habitats and associated and interconnected uplands that contribute to stream and lake habitat quality.
GS-11 One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service; or three years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. degree or P.h.D. equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position. Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: conducting surveys, designing and implementing restoration plans, and developing recovery plans and other fish management plans; preparing reports of results and findings; identifying and protecting aquatic habitats and associated and interconnected uplands that contribute to stream and lake habitat quality; studying habitat requirements and the effects of environmental contaminants, parasites, and diseases on aquatic species.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
• DIRECT DEPOSIT. All federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
• May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.
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