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Job Title:Fish Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R5-13-900341-SAM (D)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 15, 2013 to Wednesday, July 24, 2013




Full Time - Term




1 vacancy in the following location:
Basom, NY United StatesView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens


Fish Biologist, GS-0482-07/09

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

You too can make a difference in our world.  The work of the U.S. 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 full-time Term position located at the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Basom, New York.  This appointment is not to exceed one year and one day, and may be extended for a total of 4 years without further competition.

One or more positions may be filled from this vacancy.  

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized. 



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Fish and Wildlife uniform is required
  • Valid State Driver's license
  • Frequent travel required up to 15 days per month


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As a Fish Biologist at the Lower Great Lake Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Basom, NY,  your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performing biological and technical work relating to fish and fish habitat sampling.
  • Assisting in planning and implementing aquatic resource programs and studies.
  • Gathering and analyzing data regarding condition of current fisheries and aquatic habitats.
  • Preparing and presenting scientific reports and findings.
  • Keeping daily records of scientific information.
  • Determining overall procedures for conducting fish and habitat studies.
  • Preparing and maintaining various fishery and aquatic gear.
  • Operating small boats up to 26' in length.



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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 .

In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic requirement in one of the following ways:

 Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree 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 - 
Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-07 level, you must possess one of the following:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service, assisting in conducting aquatic sampling and resources studies, collecting fishery and aquatic habitat data using established methods to identify resources in need of protection or preservation; identifying fish species; utilizing established statistical techniques to analyze scientific data; summarizing scientific data for inclusion in technical reports; and responding to questions from the general public about scientific programs or policies.


 One year (18 semester hours) of graduate education in biology or a closely related field which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully complete the work of the position.

 A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement.


 Have a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions. 1. Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 2. Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. - OR - 4. Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPA's are to rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.

In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-09 level, you must possess one of the following:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, developing, planning and implementing aquatic resources studies; identifying a variety of fish species; collecting and analyzing fishery and aquatic habitat data using sampling techniques; identify resources in need of protection or preservation; gathering and analyzing biological data to determine the condition of fish or aquatic species; writing technical reports summarizing study findings and making recommendations; and delivering presentations to the general public on scientific or technical topics.

 A Master's or higher degree in biology or a closely related field which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully complete the work of the position.

 A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)

Note:  A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.  Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in such employment. For more information please visit,   

Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).



TRANSCRIPTS:  Are You Using Education to Qualify?  You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. For more information please visit,                                

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

  • You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
  • New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.



Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities, errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).

  • Skill in communicating scientific data.
  • Knowledge of Fish Biology.
  • Skill in operating and maintaining specialized equipment.
  • Skill in planning and implementing aquatic resources studies.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to it's employees.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: .


1. To claim veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy), or other proof of eligibility.  Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference will need to submit a form SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  Missing information may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's Preference.  For more information please visit and .

2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from selective service.

3. Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible please visit,  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those for the severely disabled and certain veterans and you meet the qualification requirements for this position you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority.  Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA (  For more information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities please visit,,

5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions,  





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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to receive consideration.

* 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.


For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

  • Resume
  • Copy of college transcripts, if qualifying based on education
  • Occupational Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable
  • SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable

Faxing Applications and 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 the following cover page and provide the required information.

The Vacancy ID is 900341.

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 Wednesday, July 24, 2013 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 items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



Sheila A. McCarthy
Phone: (413)253-8268
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Massachusetts
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA


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.                                                                                                                Reminders:  Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain.  Undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it.  Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier, 900341.  Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information.  If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name.  If you cannot be contacted, or do not respond to request for information, it may be ground for not selecting you.


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