This position is as a Fish Biologist supporting the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO).Learn more about this agency
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R2-20-10754491-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.
As a Fish Biologist job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Plan and perform a variety of operational tasks and apply fish culture and management techniques and procedures for the production and monitoring of threatened or endangered fish species.
- Assist in spawning, rearing, harvest, and inventory of fish; habitat assessment, gill netting, hoop netting, electrofishing, weighing, measuring and tagging fish and other aquatic species.
- Accurately record data and maintain written records of fish production, tagging and distribution, habitat assessment, catch per unit effort, and other work completed.
- Compile, analyze, and set forth findings in report format to inform counterparts and superiors within the Service. Additionally, work cooperatively with various state, Tribal, and Federal agencies and offices of the Service to address operational and informational needs to further the successful production and distribution of native fishes in the Southwest.
- Ensure proper maintenance of grounds, buildings, and hatchery and FWCO equipment.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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
- Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
- Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
- Must possess and maintain a valid state-issued driver's license
- LMWFA or Public Land Corps eligibles may apply
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by 04/07/2020 will be considered.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: To satisfy the basic education requirement for the 0482 job series, applicants must meet one of the criteria described in A or B, below.
- Possess a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: (1) at least6 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 animalsciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology,parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects maybe used to meet this requirement when appropriate.); OR
- Possess a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science (i.e., at least 30semester hours) of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in theanimal sciences, as described in "A" above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. (Note: If you select thisresponse, you must provide a copy of your official college transcripts to show how you meet the educational requirement.)
- One year of professional experience: (1) Developing and applying methods and techniques related to food preparation and feeding of fish; (2) Handling eggs, fry and fingerlings; (3) Preventing and treating fish diseases; (4) Gathering fish production data and using spreadsheets for data collection and record keeping; (5) Using and maintaining fish culture and distribution equipment.e equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specializedexperience includes: ; OR
- Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in an accredited college or university leading to a Master's degree or Master's or equivalent graduate 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
- An equivalent combination of (1) professional experience and (2) graduate level education in excess of the first year, which together equals 100% of the requirements.
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) apply 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), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. 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: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
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.
TELEWORK: FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
ADDITIONAL VACANCIES: More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
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 on an alternate application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Ability to plan and apply a variety of fish culture and fish management techniques for the production and monitoring of threatened or endangered fish species.
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
- Ability to perform routine maintenance on boats, trailers, fish culture facilities, and equipment; and operation and maintenance of motorized vehicles.
- Knowledge of data collection and record keeping in regards to fish production, distribution, and assessment/management of wild populations.
- Ability to work with others, including local, tribal and state officials, other federal agencies, and private organizations to gain support and maintain positive working partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of fish culture and fish management.
To apply for this position, applicants must submit a complete APPLICATION PACKAGE, which includes:
- **RESUME or APPLICATION. At a minimum, the 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 provides a template to ensure a complete resume, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk.
- **OFFICIAL or UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS (if applicable). If this position has education requirements or if education is being used to qualify, applicants must submit copies of their official or unofficial college transcripts. Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university that has received its accreditation from an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of official transcripts will be required if selected. Applicants using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements must show that 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. Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent non-award SF-50 or Equivalent Notification of Personnel Action showing (a) Tenure Code 1 or 2 in Block 24 and (b) Position Occupied Code 1 (Competitive Service) in Block 34. Note(s): Federal employees claiming reinstatement eligibility, MUST submit (1) a copy of their latest non-award SF-50 that shows them 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), as well as the position title, series, grade, and step, and (2) an SF-50 showing separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If an applicant has previously held a higher grade than the grade/position currently occupied, they must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 they received for the higher-graded position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
- *PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL. Applicants are encouraged to submit a copy of their most recent signed and completed annual performance appraisal, which includes the final rating. If the appraisal is not dated within the last 18 months or if a performance appraisal has not been received, applicants should provide explanation in the application. Please also include incentive awards with the application.
- COVER LETTER
- VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION (if applicable), such as DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character or service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.
- CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION (if applicable), including Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 documenting Reduction-In-Force 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 Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow applicants to choose how they wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. Applicants will only be considered for the appointment eligibilities they select and proof of eligibility must be provided in order to be considered for a selected appointment eligibility.
- Resume or Application: At a minimum, resumes must contain job title (including job series and grade, if federal), duties, staring and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS provides a template to ensure a complete resume.
- Online Application and Assessment: Applicants must complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit any/all documentation (if applicable) as specified in the Required Documents section.
- To begin, click "Apply" to access the online application. (Applicants must have a USAJOBS account and will need to be logged in to apply.)
- Follow the prompts to select resume and/or other supporting documentation to be included with application package. Applicants will have the opportunity to upload additional documents in the application before it is submitted. Any uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan processes.
- After acknowledging review of the application package, applicants should complete the "Include Personal Information" section as they deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- Applicants will be taken to the online application, which must be completed in order to apply. After the online application is completed and any required documentation is uploaded/included, applicants should submit the application.
- Applicants will be considered for all eligibilities for which they select "Yes" and submit appropriate documentation verifying eligibility. Eligibility will be based solely on the selections indicated in the "Yes" section. All required supporting documentation must be provided in order to be considered under a chosen appointment eligibility. Applicants may select more than one eligibility.
- To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10754492
Agency contact information
AddressDivision of Human Resources
Division of Human Resources
500 Gold Avenue, SW Room 5222
Albuquerque, NM 87103
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.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
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/563393600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.