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    Salary: $37,301 (Step 01) to $48,488 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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    As a Biological Science Technician within the Great Lakes Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Extracts scales, otoliths, fin rays, and coded-wire tags from archived fish samples and estimates age of individual fish which includes preparation of hard parts for age analysis.
    • Enters results of laboratory analyses into RVCAT Oracle database system.
    • Identifies and enumerates invertebrates and prey fish species from net or predator stomach samples and records basic biological information.
    • Deploys and retrieves various field sampling gear such as bottom trawls, midwater trawls, gill nets, plankton nets, limnological equipment, neuston nets, beach seines, benthic grabs, benthic sleds, tucker trawls, beam trawls, fish egg and fry samplers and electronic bathythermographs (BTs)/conductivity-temperature-depth profilers (CTDs).
    • Identifies, sorts, measures, and weights fish and accurately records data into RVCAT Oracle database system or field data collection sheets.
    • Executes data queries and checks data for accuracy and correct data entry errors
    • Prepares brief data reports, summaries or SOPs on progress.
    • Operates a government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.
    • Operates small vessels less than 26 ft. in length as assigned and maintains valid DOI Motorboat Operator Certification.

    Physical Demands: The work involves bending, walking, and a moderate amount of physical exertion. Field work will require the ability to lift or pull objects weighing up to 75 pounds. Field work aboard vessels requires that the incumbent be able to stand and walk with moderate pitching and rolling of the vessel. As a practical consideration, the incumbent must not be prone to debilitating seasickness. In many field situations, the duration of the activity (such as most of a work day) contributes to the arduous nature of the job. In other situations, such as in a laboratory, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination (e.g., sorting plankton or larval fish samples under a microscope). Physical ability to handle live fish in the laboratory is required. Because of the arduous/hazardous nature of working aboard large vessels, the incumbent is subject to large vessel safety management system (LVSMS) medical standards.

    Work Environment: Duties are performed in a laboratory setting, consisting of an office and wet laboratory facilities, or aboard fisheries research vessels (generally 25 to 75 feet in length). The incumbent is required to live aboard research vessels for extended periods of time. He/She may be exposed extreme temperatures varying from below zero to 90 degrees fahrenheit as well as to adverse weather conditions. In order to minimize risk to self and others, the incumbent must be diligent in maintaining a safe work environment and promulgate safe work practices. In the laboratory, adherence to established biosafety guidelines is required. The technician also may be required to wade in shallow water bodies (wetlands, rivers, lake shorelines) and traverse rocky areas and beaches. The technician will be required to use caution around potentially dangerous deck machinery while working aboard research vessels. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564519800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.