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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Fish)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R8-14-1094010-KJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 18, 2014 to Friday, April 25, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE One year
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Arcata, CA View Map
Weaverville, CA View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


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These are TEMPORARY positions with the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office, located in Arcata or Weaverville, California. The duration of these appointments will not exceed one year in duration; however, they may be extended without further competition if the need continues and funding is available. Maximum total appointment will not exceed 2 years.

You will perform tasks and fisheries field survey work relating to problems impacting anadromous fish in Northwestern California.

For more information on the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office visit: 


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel up to 4 nights per week for approximately 8 months (generally from February - October) in order to perform field investigations.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts may be required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Valid driver's license is required
  • Operation of motorized and non-motorized watercraft
  • DOI Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC)
  • Swift Water Rescue Certification
  • Recognize and negotiate hazardous swiftwater conditions
  • May include swimming and snorkeling
  • Direct deposit of salary payment


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Perform the following duties, under supervision:

Perform field work relating to fish populations and associated aquatic habitat conditions in northwestern California.

onduct field sampling techniques that may include seining, electrofishing, underwater observation, weir operation, water velocity and river discharge measurement, acoustic and radio telemetry, and habitat typing.

Conduct fish and fish habitat related field investigations and surveys such as creel census, fish tagging, recovery operations, fish habitat use and instream flow studies.

ompute, compile, and summarize data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form.

perate boats up to 25 feet in length and utilize technical equipment, such as electroshockers, nets, seines, survey equipment, and microscopes.


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

To qualify, you must meet the basic qualification requirements specified under either A, B, or C below:

. At least one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service which is directly related to this position and demonstrates that you have the knowledge’s, skills and abilities to perform the work. To meet this requirement, the applicant MUST have experience that included as primary duties working as part of a crew under supervision, such as: conduct field surveys of fish abundance; identify and monitor number and distribution of fish species; participate in studies of fish habitat conditions; assist with fish capture and tagging procedures; record, compile, and organize biological data.
B. Successful completion of all requirements for a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major study or at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester/9 quarter hours of courses must be directly related to the occupation, such as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, aquaculture, etc. You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
C. A combination of qualifying specialized experience and education as described in A and B above. To combine your education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required. Then determine your qualifying education as a percentage of the required education. The two percentages must equal at least 100% of the Basic Qualification. Note: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements when combined. You must submit a copy of your transcripts.

In your resume, make sure you have addressed the specific type and duration of specialized experience required. Include dates and work schedule/hours worked in your resume. If work was seasonal, give the beginning and ending dates of each season

f you claim education, or a combination of education and experience, to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college/university transcripts (including grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking) when you apply. If individual courses are not easily identifiable as satisfying coursework requirements and they are needed to meet minimum standards, you must submit written course descriptions verified by the school, i.e., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description - your own notations/comments are not official verification.

For more information regarding education, please see details under Education.


Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; if selected, official transcripts are required.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

Physical requirements: The work requires average agility, dexterity and strength. Physical exertion will be required, such as regular and recurring walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe collect, or record field data. The duration of such physical activity might be for most of a work day. Work may also require carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment
: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. Exposure to adverse weather conditions or weather extremes, such as cold, dampness, humidity and insects are often encountered outdoors. Safety precautions and protective clothing or gear are required when working in and around water and with chemicals and equipment. Travel is required and incumbent will often work in remote locations and will be required to regularly spend nights away from the duty station.


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 relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

•Knowledge of basic fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, and fish population dynamics 
•Knowledge of fish sampling methods and procedures
•Ability to record and compile scientific data
•Skill in operation and maintenance of water vessels

To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.

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.


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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 

Temporary employees are not eligible for life or health insurance. If your appointment is extended beyond 1 year, health insurance is available; however, you will pay the full cost.

You will earn Social Security credit while working with the government.
Must apply for a Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.



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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.
Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Friday, April 25, 2014.

*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.

*NOTE: 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. Transcripts, if required or if qualifying based on education. Copies are acceptable but, if selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
4. If claiming veteran's preference, proof of eligibility (Member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate); See 

5.  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.  You must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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 1094010.

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

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 R8-14-1094010-KJ.


Kristy A. Jenkerson
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
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 (R8-14-1094010-KJ) 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.

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