Job Overview


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This position serves as a Fish Biologist at the Idaho Fish Health Center, located in Orofino, Idaho and performs a variety of duties related to the operation of a fish health laboratory. For more information about the Fish Health Center visit

This is a full–time position, not-to-exceed 13 months; initial appointment may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Annual Salary: Employees new to the federal government are placed at step 01.

GS-07 step 01: $39,570 - Step 10: $51,437

GS-09 step 01: $48,403 - Step 10: $62,920


At the full performance level, your major duties include:

  • Participating in establishing disease status through inspections and certifications for broodstock and production fish at Federal hatcheries, Tribal hatcheries, Tribal acclimation sites, and universities by conducting bacteriology, virology, parasitology and other laboratory tests for diseases of aquatic animals and by ensuring guidelines set forth in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Aquatic Animal Health Policy are followed.
  • Performs molecular laboratory assays for detection and confirmation of aquatic pathogens.
  • Performs microbiological based laboratory tests for the preliminary isolation of specific viral and bacterial fish pathogens as well as assays for parasites of fish.
  • Conducts field examinations to monitor the health and diagnose conditions in fish populations at hatcheries.
  • Provides technical information and assistance to hatchery personnel in all areas of fish health management.
  • Report findings of clinical tests and writes summaries, reports, or papers communicating results to the appropriate entities.

If selected at the GS-07 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

Physical Demands: Incumbent should be in good health. Work requires some physical exertion such as prolonged standing, walking, stooping, climbing, lifting, reaching, and lifting up to 50 pounds. The laboratory work requires above average dexterity with repetitive movements of the hands, wrist, and arms for tasks such as pipetting, dissection, and microscopy.  Field sample collections involve long periods of standing with stooping and moving large fish and ability to traverse rough terrain, carrying equipment.

Work Environment: The position requires office, laboratory and outdoor work. Temperatures and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work. Work is sometimes done in or near running water. Incumbent, at times, will drive government owned vehicles. The majority of the work will be done in the laboratory equipped with scientific equipment used in diagnostic  procedures.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and field work as needed.

Relocation Authorized

  • No