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Job Title:  Fish Biologist, GS-0482-09/11
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  LV-R9-OT-2014-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$56,735.00 to $89,235.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Full-time - Recent Graduates - Permanent
1 vacancy - San Francisco, CA   View Map
Individuals who completed course requirements for a qualifying associates/bachelors/masters/professional/doctorate/vocational/technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding 2 years.
Not Applicable


About the Agency

This is a Recent Graduates position in the Pathways Program. This program provides an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead to a career in the Federal Government after successfully completing one year under the Program, unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program. Employment under the Recent Graduates Program may not exceed two years.

The EPA is seeking to hire a Fish Biologist with expertise or education in fish biology, restoration ecology, and/or related skills and knowledge to serve in the Water Division as a technical and program specialist concerning the protection and improvement of water quality and aquatic habitat, with a special emphasis on conserving and recovering populations of resident and migratory fishes within the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary and other priority watersheds.  The “Recent Graduate would join a dynamic team to help formulate and implement cross-cutting strategies to make science-based decisions for water quality, habitat restoration, fisheries management and ecosystem restoration.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: and

Your salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty station of the position.

This position is located in Region 9, Water Division, Watersheds Office, San Francisco, CA.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements (See Qualifications Section).
  • You must meet all Recent Graduate program requirements by the closing date.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply).
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.


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You will spend 25-50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

At the entry level of this position, you will:
Provide sound guidance and scientific recommendations to peers and supervisors on the most effective and efficient ways to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystems for the benefits of fish, wildlife, and humans.
Prepare scientific work plans, reports, and articles to support the development and implementation of policies and regulations.
Participate in a broad spectrum of public and private scientific forums, and contribute to the advancement of science and environmental protection through technical writing and public presentations.
When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.


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You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-09 level, your resume must reflect at least one year of full time experience defined as experience using theories, concepts, principles or methods pertaining to restoration ecology or fish biology; and experience making science-based decisions or recommendation about water quality, habitat restoration, fisheries management or ecosystem restoration; - OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to this position.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  Ability to analyze and evaluate technical documents, summarize key findings, and generate recommendations.
Skill in effective oral and written communication.
Skill in collecting and analyzing data.
Ability to translate scientific findings into policies and regulations.
Ability to work collaboratively with peers and supervisors to make tangible progress toward the restoration of water quality and aquatic ecosystems.
Ability to coordinate with peers on projects.

In addition to the eligibility requirements for Recent Graduates, this position has specific educational requirements in order to qualify as stated below.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in in biological science that included: 1) 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 2) 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; OR a combination of education and experience with 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 listed here.

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with the EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:

If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates Program will be a trial period.

This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Category. If you are a qualified 10 point preference eligible, you will be placed at the top of your respective category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE:  We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge’s, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please click here.


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This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

The EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information visit:

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

If you are selected, your appointment may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date to a maximum of two years. Recent graduate appointees may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position without further competition.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.   To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior
to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to


Documents to be submitted on-line: 
-- Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
-- Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire. 
-- College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned. Must be within the preceding two year or if you graduated on or after December 10, 2012 you are eligible to apply until July 10, 2014.
-- Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within 2 years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to six years after degree or certification. 
-- Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service. Vow Act Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty – A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Additional information can be found on our web site:


Deborah Lafayette
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2416
TDD: 702-798-2421
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2416


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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