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Job Title:  Fish Biologist (Fish Health)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R4-14-1190364-AL-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Warm Springs, GA View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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Limited PCS/moving benefits are authorized (no temporary quarters, no house-hunting trip, no contract for home sale).

This is a full-time, permanent GS 0482-07/09 (full performance level 11) position located at the Warm Springs Fish Health Center, Warm Springs, Georgia.

NOTE: This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and is open to status candidates. To be considered under merit promotion procedures, you must submit a separate application and supplemental documentation to vacancy announcement number R4-14-1190395-AL-MP 

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).


Physical Demands/Work Environment: 

The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities.  The work requires average agility and dexterity.  This position requires physical strength and stamina to work outdoors in all weather conditions.  It also requires the ability to lift containers weighing up to 50 pounds.

The work requires both office and outdoor work.  The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.  Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work.  The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which encountered.  The incumbent is required to travel by government automobile or commercial airline to attend meetings and workshops of the various agencies involved.



  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Limited PCS/moving benefits are authorized (no temporary quarters, no house-hunting trip, no contract for home sale).


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation Required


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  o perform fish health diagnostic procedures used to detect, isolate, and identify fish pathogens.

  o perform fish disease sampling on wild stocks and threatened/endangered species to provide data for the National Wild Fish Health Survey.

  o conduct triploid grass carp certification inspections according to standard protocols.

  o assist with fish health inspections of Federal, State, and privately owned hatcheries and wild fish populations.

  o report findings of clinical tests and write summaries, reports, or papers communicating the results to the appropriate entities.


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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.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire

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.


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.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To find out more click here:


1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see


3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).


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To apply for this position, you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, September 15, 2014


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


Apply online:


To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Assessment Questionnaire.


Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or you application will be incomplete.


Apply via fax:


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 15, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit via fax:   


1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.


3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.


1.     Resume

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

4.     Veteran's documentation (if applicable)


Faxing Supporting Documents:

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Assessment Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. Fax your documents using this required cover page ( and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1190364. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


·   Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

·   Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·   Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.



Anthony J. Long
Phone: (505)248-6941
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Resources
500 Gold Ave SW Rm 5222
Albuquerque, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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