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About the Agency

USGS Science for a Changing World.

*Are you an looking for a position in the Federal workforce?
*Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.


As a Biological Science Lab Technician (Fisheries) within the Western Fisheries Research Center, some of your specific duties will include:

- Responsible for rearing colonies of specific pathogen-free marine fishes.

- Prepare and organize for laboratory experiments.

- Assist with disinfection and maintenance of laboratory equipment and necropsy facilities.

- Responsible for following strict biosafety, and biosecurity procedures.

- Work requires physical exertion such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, climbing ladders, or similar activities and be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

- Assist junior and senior scientists and managers to synthesize complex sets of scientific data.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May require on average 5 nights per month.

Relocation Authorized

  • No