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:
A. 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
knowledges, 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 bachelors 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
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 bachelors degree is creditable toward meeting
the specialized experience requirements when combined. You must submit a copy of your
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
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 http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
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.
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 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.