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    This position is a Fish Biologist, GS- 0482-7/9 working in Neosho, Missouri, for the R3-Neosho National Fish Hatchery.

    This position is also open to status candidates under announcement R3-21-11196191-RR-MP. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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    The incumbent serves as a native mussel biologist at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Midwest Region, Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Incumbent is responsible for numerous operational aspects of the station's fish production/operational program. The work at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery generally involves several of the following which impact the scope and complexity of the incumbent's duties: a variety of high priority/profile fish species, complex integrated fish production issues, monitoring of trust or endangered species production, and a variety of cooperative research programs. Your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Plans and directs freshwater surveys to determine the effectiveness of stocking and adjustments to propagation plans. Employs methods such as seining, marking; snorkel surveys, scuba diving surveys for freshwater mussels; and water flow measurements. This includes off site mussel broodstock collection and mussel surveys. Responsible for executing routine methods for culture of various mussel and fish species and takes an active part in modifying culture systems.
    • Performs recurring tests and analysis and makes minor modifications to established procedures and protocols as needed. Assists with planning and accomplishing production, marking and distribution of fish and freshwater mussels. Manipulates fish feeding to insure fish of adequate health, and proper size for mussel infestation and tests new diets.
    • Implements production trials for coolwater/warmwater fish/aquatic species to meet current and future management/restoration needs and assists in the design of production trials. Recognizes fish disease and stress symptoms, makes microscopic examinations of fish to determine presence of disease, and administers chemical, nutritional adjustments and other control measures.
    • Responsible for recording data, maintaining accurate records and careful handling of fish/aquatic species. Locates, sets and stocks fish and mussels in underwater cages. Trains lower graded employees or volunteer workers in furtherance of mussel project production goals.
    • Gathers data by a variety of field data collection methods involving boating, wading, swimming, snorkeling, and or scuba diving in swift, cold water or traversing uneven, terrain. Interprets and reports data for purposes of assessing the current state of fishery resources. Analyzes environmental conditions and prepares assessment reports on the environmental conditions and status of fish and mussel populations.
    Physical Demands: This position at times involves frequent and extended field trips and the use of cumbersome and heavy field equipment. The employee is required to carry heavy equipment and supplies frequently without assistance over rugged terrain. Must be physically able to carry up to 50 pounds into remote areas over uneven terrain. Transportation is by truck, boats, and by foot in often steep terrain. The position must often withstand inclement weather, physical exertion, long hours in the field and wading/snorkeling/swimming or operating boats in swift, cold and murky water. Some work is sedentary.

    Work Environment: The work is performed in an office and outdoors. The work outdoors is often in water or in a boat. The office is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Certain tasks and environments may require mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE). When tasks require the use of PPE, appropriate equipment and training will be provided. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work; the incumbent may have their whole body immersed in cold, swift, murky water for periods of time while conducting snorkel or scuba surveys of fish and mussel habitat; and while conducting field studies during the summer, air temperatures may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    This is an entry level position description designed to prepare the incumbent for the full performance grade level (FPL) position description. Characteristics and duties of this position are essentially the same as those reflected in the FPL. The incumbent receives on and off the job training in overall objectives to be accomplished and available resources. This position will remain at the grade 07 level until the employee meets the necessary requirements and the incumbent's supervisor certifies that the incumbent has reached the described level of proficiency and effectiveness contemplated in the FPL position description. Upon meeting all requirements, incumbent may be promoted non-competitively to the full performance level of GS-09.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0482 Fish Biology

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