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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Fish Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-SRA-14-185

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$39,179.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 24, 2014 to Thursday, May 08, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0482-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Boise, ID View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. 

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Fish Biologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-11 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-11 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location – Boise, Idaho http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel can range from an average of 1 day per week.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • Submit transcripts, if required, to verify education requirements
  • For veteran's preference, submit all required documents by closing date

DUTIES:

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- Responsible for implementation of fishery monitoring activities from project planning to data collection, analysis and written presentation.

- Plans and completes field survey activities and field crew work planning and coordination; leads interagency field crews working to collect data for aquatic and habitat resource surveys for resident and anadromous fish.

- Incumbent works directly with individual fish specimens: conducting surgeries, tagging, and handling.

- Incumbent collects field habitat data on general physical parameters existing at various aquatic and terrestrial resource habitats; i.e. water temperatures, geographical location, conductivity, GPS locations, stream characteristics, etc.

- Incumbent participates on multi-disciplinary and interagency teams and provides technical recommendations and analysis as they relate to fisheries and aquatic ecology.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Education Requirement:
1. Successful completion of a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences that included:

o    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

o    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

  1. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement you will need:


For the GS-07 level: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in Federal service OR successful completion of 1 full year of graduate level education if directly related or superior academic achievement.

Specialized experience is defined as assisting higher graded biologists in the application of standard protocols and approaches to collect fish, algal, and habitat samples; compiling and summarizing basic data; and accomplishing routine analysis. Field experience in a variety of fish collection methods associated with Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 10 collection permits and experience with field equipment specifically ATV and boat operating experience. Experience working with and an understanding of the ESA requirements of Section 7. Experience in surgery of fishes for tagging and tracking  purposes specialized experience in tagging, tracking and or surgery techniques are required.  

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.  


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

If you are claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of Endangered Species Act listed fish, particularly pertaining to bull trout and their prey species, limnology, use of telemetry to assess habitat relationships in reservoirs and regulated rivers and population dynamics gained through a combination of academic, study and filed experience

2. Knowledge of collaboration and project management principles, management plans, and work plans to facilitate completion of assigned duties and responsibilities including the application of the scientific method and corresponding presentation of data and its analyses in written form, including review for accuracy.

3. Knowledge of operation of a variety of field sampling equipment and vehicles for data collection activities and research methods, so that evaluations, correlations, syntheses, and presentation of biological data are possible.

 
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, you will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 120 days of the date the referral list was issued.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you’re ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

 -- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to scolson@usbr.gov

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1433, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

Transcripts: Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: scolson@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1433
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you will be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-SRA-14-185

Control Number:

368081800