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.
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement you will need:
- 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.
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.
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