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    This position is a Fish Biologist (Malacologist), GS- 0482-11/12 working in Charles City, VA, for the R5-Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery.

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    As a Fish Biologist (Malacologist) your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

    • As the Senior Biologist at the station, the incumbent provides guidance and oversight to lower level staff. Mentors and reviews work to accomplish a variety of difficult fish and mussel production objectives while ensuring employee accountability relative to quality and efficiency for work assignments relative to fish and mussel propagation and distribution programs. Reviews resources with the Hatchery Manager to analyze current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
    • Assist the project leader in developing Imperiled Species (mussels) Propagation Plans, work planning, and working with partners to establish production goals and objectives. Performs duties that include all phases of freshwater mussel and finfish propagation and culture, including algal diet culture or diet formulation. Responsible for designing production trials for aquatic imperiled species (mussels, fish, crayfish, snails) to meet management/restoration needs. While maintaining current recirculating aquaculture systems, develops new systems and methodologies to improve efficiency and increase production of freshwater mussels. Manages ponds for fish and mussel restoration activities.
    • Evaluate existing management activities with regard to conservation of freshwater mussel resources. Works with partners to identify imperiled mussel species needs. Prepares reports with recommendations for improving recovery efforts and increasing efficiency of management activities. Responsible for cool/warmwater fish production and maintenance associated with mussel propagation culture. Provides technical support and assistance to Service and/or Cooperators in regard to mussel host-fish production strategies. Develops conservation genetic plans and implements genetic studies with partners for reintroducing imperiled species to native habitats, and breeding protocols for maintaining genetic diversity of species proposed for propagation.
    • Develops a fish/mussel health safety plan for the station to prevent disease outbreaks and contamination of fish/mussel brood stock. Directs stream habitat assessment and evaluates potential releases and release sites. Assists in the design and performance of dietary and other freshwater cultural tests appropriate to efficient fish and freshwater mussel production. Conducts independent studies and evaluations to increase knowledge and technology for fish and mussel recovery efforts. Prepares Technical reports, and communicates technical information to interested groups/ cooperators. Evaluates existing management activities, including mussel resource and habitat surveys, working with state partners to identify imperiled species needs, and protocols for salvage and refuge of freshwater mussels. Develops and implements outreach strategies to promote awareness, value and support for the Service, station and freshwater mussel restoration program.

    Physical Demands: This work has frequent outdoor activities. The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, as well as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Must be able to work in rigorous environmental conditions and lift in excess of 40 lbs.

    Work Environment: The position requires both office and outdoor work. The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of outdoor work. The employee is expected to conduct duties in a safe, professional, and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow employees, or property with which entrusted.

    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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