This position is part of the R4-Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery as a Fish Biologist.Learn more about this agency
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R4-20-10650841-CS-DE and is open to all qualified individuals. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
This position is as the Deputy Project Leader at Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery. The incumbent will be responsible for many of the hatchery's current programs, including (but not limited to):
- Restoration of Paddlefish, Alligator Gar, and Alligator Snapping Turtle.
- Support of recreational fisheries through propagation of native recreational significant fish species, and recovery efforts for the Louisiana Pearlshell Mussel.
- Assume duties and responsibilities of Project Leader in absence of hatchery manager.
- Take lead with outreach programs that positively impact the local economy by attracting visitors to Natchitoches, LA.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for meetings, training, and site visits.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
- Must submit an SF-78 Certificate of Medical Examination (if not already on file)
- Will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts
- Must obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
- Must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle and be at least 18 years of age
- Must possess or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license prior to appointment
- LMWFA or Public Land Corps eligibles may apply
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by 11/21/2019 will be considered.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, 0482 SERIES:
- Possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes: 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. Note: If you select this response, please provide a copy of your official college transcripts to show how you meet this requirement; OR
- 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. Note: If you select this response, please provide a copy of your official college transcripts to show how you meet the educational requirement.
- Possess at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (comparable to GS-09) in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience working in warm and cold water fish production; experience acting as a team leader and training others; experience planning, organizing, and conducting administrative functions such as property management, budget and finance, procurement, and safety; and experience in assisting with study design, data collection, and data evaluation; OR
- Completion of three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in a field directly related to fishery biology such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, fish and wildlife management, marine science, or other fields directly related to fishery biology; OR
- Possession of an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education beyond the second year which together equals 100% of the requirements outlined in A and B.
- Possess one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service or GS-11 equivalent level of experience the private and public sectors. Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include: experience in captive rearing warm and cold water recreational fish and listed species; experience supervising and/or training others; experience planning, organizing, and conducting administrative functions such as property management, budget and finance, procurement, and safety; and experience in designing, conducting and maintaining records and publishing scientific studies.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-11/12. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11/12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
The LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT (LMWFA), P.L. 114-47 allows certain individuals who currently are or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures.
- Current appointees must have (1) been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time-limited appointment with a land management agency; (2) served under one (or more) time-limited appointments with a land management agency for 24+ months without a break in service of two or more years; and (3) performed at an acceptable level.
- Former appointees must (1) have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time-limited appointment with a land management agency; (2) have served under one (or more) time-limited appointments with a land management agency for 24+ months without a break in service of two or more years; (3) apply for a position within two years after separation; (4) have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; and (5) have performed at an acceptable level.
PUBLIC LAND CORPS (PLC) HIRING AUTHORITY: PLC participants who complete program requirements are eligible for noncompetitive hiring status for federal positions. In order to be eligible, a former member must provide, as part of their application, documentation verifying their eligibility and must:
- Have served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project, completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included as least 120 hours through the PLC;
- Apply to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status;
- Meet the OPM minimum qualification standards stated in the vacancy announcement for the position for which the applicant is applying; and
- Have competed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours including 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d) within the last two years.
Note: Applicants must provide a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring Status (PLC).
The CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) & INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) applies to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g., reduction in force, declining to relocate or transfer outside the local commuting area, etc.) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, an applicant must: (1) meet CTAP/ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the reduction-in-force separation action or removal; and most recent performance appraisal). For more information, visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION:To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
TELEWORK: Telework privileges may be granted at the manager's discretion.
ADDITIONAL VACANCIES: More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD:If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
ALTERNATE APPLICATION INFORMATION: If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, navigate to https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
EVALUATION:Once the announcement has closed, a review of the application package will determine whether an applicant meets the basic qualification requirements listed in the announcement. If basic qualifications are met, the application package will be compared against the applicant's assessment questionnaire to determine level of experience. Should a determination be made, after reviewing the application package, that an applicant inflated their qualifications or experience to result in a higher rating, the application package may be thrown out or the applicant may be assigned to a lower quality category. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying as errors or omissions may affect eligibility.
Applicants will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
- Skill in oral and written communication in order to explain technical, biological information to a wide variety of audiences in a wide variety of settings ranging from professional conferences to staff meetings.
- Professional knowledge of fish biology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, and behavior in order to provide complex guidance and oversight to the hatchery program.
- Professional knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of fishery biology with emphasis on both intensive and extensive warm water species, fish nutrition, and water chemistry.
- Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with individuals and groups from varying backgrounds and with varying interests, including the ability to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-agency natural resource trustee groups.
- Ability to supervise, motivate; and plan, organize and direct the work of others in accomplishing the mission work.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
To apply for this position, applicants must submit a complete APPLICATION PACKAGE, which includes:
- **RESUME or APPLICATION. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk.
- **OFFICIAL or UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS (if applicable). If the position has education requirements or if you are using your education to qualify, you must provide a copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- *SF-50 (NON-AWARD) or EQUIVALENT NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: (1) Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). (2) If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. (3) You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. (4) For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.
- *PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL. Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application." Please include incentive awards with your application.
- COVER LETTER.
- VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION (if applicable) (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.).
- CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION (if applicable) (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.).
- LMWFA or PLC DOCUMENTATION (if applicable)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
- Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
- Online Application and Assessment. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
- You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
- Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10650840
Agency contact information
AddressDivision of Human Resources
Division of Human Capital Management
1875 Century Blvd Suite 370
Atlanta, GA 30345
Next stepsOnce all required documents and the online application in USAJOBS have been submitted, applicants will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission was successful.
After the evaluation process is complete, applicants will be notified of their status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, applicants will be contacted by the customer office, and applicants will be notified if/when the position has been filled or cancelled.
Timelines for this process vary widely. Applicants may check their application status at any time by logging in to their USAJOBS account. The Hiring Official(s) will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/551202200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.