By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in this announcement below.
Basic Entry Requirement for the GS-0482 Series (you must meet A or B below to qualify):
A. Possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 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 subjects such as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects. OR
B. Possess a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a 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 described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized experience for the GS-07 grade level: Perform fish health diagnostic procedures used to detect, isolate, and identify fish pathogens. Prepare bacteriological and virological media using sterile techniques. Coordinate with other federal and state agencies. Conduct fish health quality assessments and fish disease sampling. Assist with fish health inspections to determine disease status of populations. Report findings of clinical tests, write summaries, reports, or papers.
Specialized experience for the GS-09 grade level: Assist in implementing a Regional fish health control program. Perform and evaluate clinical laboratory methods used to investigate fish health problems associated with hatchery and wild fish stocks. Provide technical information and assistance to hatchery personnel in all areas of fish health management.
Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.
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The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.
This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.
Limited PCS/moving benefits are authorized (no temporary quarters, no house-hunting trip, no contract for home sale).
Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).
Work schedule may be changed 90 days after hire at the request of management or the employee with management approval.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- knowledge of fish health management and fish disease diagnostics
- knowledge of laboratory or field procedures and equipment required to diagnose fish diseases
- knowledge of the biology of Salmonids, and warm/coolwater fish species with emphasis on their anatomy/physiology
- ability to communicate effectively in writing
- ability to effectively work with others
NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.