Job Overview


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

Up to 3 positions may be filled with this announcement. These positions are located on the Stanislaus National Forest, Sonora, CA. For additional information about the duties of the positions and/or locatiom, please contact Crispin Holland at 209-532-3671 x274 or

The incumbent serves as a fishery biologist in the administration of the fisheries/amphibian habitat and related coordination with other resources.

Additional selections may be made if another like vacancy occurs within 120 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0516-38950G-DLA. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


Performs routine work in a fisheries/aquatic resource-related project. Provides biological input into the fish/amphibian habitat management program and assists in development of aquatic management plans. Ensures compliance with portions of aquatic management plans; coordinates limited studies of fishery/amphibian populations; and prepares a variety of written reports or limited environmental analyses. This includes gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine fish/aquatic habitat needs; determining key spawning, rearing, recommending solutions to special issues or problems involving fishery/amphibian resources; and determining the need for and designing of fish/amphibian habitat improvement projects; developing project plans for inclusion in Forest program of work; and studying and recommending solutions to special coordination problems involving fish/aquatic habitat protection.

Works cooperatively with State, Tribal and Federal fish and water quality management agencies. This includes gathering information for stream and lake management plans, surveys of fish/amphibian occurrence, mapping key fish/amphibian habitat for suitability and determining the need for aquatic habitat enhancement or restoration.

Participates on interdisciplinary teams and prepares environmental analysis reports in assigned functional area. Develops biological evaluations for threatened, endangered and sensitive species for review by journey level biologists.

Serves as leader of fish/aquatic habitat improvement projects and habitat inventory and monitoring programs. Participates in fishery/amphibian monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings.

Responsible for assigned areas of public relation activities, such as speaking at meetings and participation in field trips.

Responsible for reporting fish/aquatic habitat management programs accomplishments.

Participates in studies and plans proposed resource management activities, and coordinates and/or implements approved resource management plans such as habitat restoration or enhancement projects.

Develops standard plans for evaluating fisheries and riparian habitat. Studies and recommends solutions to special coordination problems involving fish/amphibian habitat protection.

Prepares environmental analysis reports as needed, and develops biological evaluations for threatened, endangered and sensitive species.

Duties listed are at the full performance level

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • For meetings and training

Relocation Authorized

  • No