In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the qualification requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. No assumptions will be made about your experience.
Basic Education Requirement:
Fish Biologist: Degree:
major in biological science that included:
- 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
- At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences 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 may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)
- Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in 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 shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
major in physical or natural science, or engineering that included:
- At least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources.
- The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
- Combination of education and experience: courses work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic education requirement, in order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-12 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Directly manages fish resources to study and analyze fish life history, behavior, habitat requirements, fish hatchery management, fish diseases, classification, environmental contaminants, lake and stream ecosystem functions and economic implications of fish management.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.
The work is largely sedentary. When field work is necessary, a level of physical fitness is required that enables the incumbent to walk or climb in rugged terrain for extended periods, under harsh conditions, while at times carrying equipment or supplies.
Most of the work is performed in an office setting, with controlled temperature and lighting. When field work is necessary, conditions will vary depending on season, but could include temperature extremes from below freezing to over 100 degrees, high winds, and desert and mountain landscapes with steep and rugged terrain. At times the work may require travel in remote areas on foot or in vehicles, including 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive trucks or ATVs, under a wide variety of climatic conditions and elevations. Position may be required to operate a motor vehicle as an incidental driver. Employees who operate a motor vehicle on public roadways require a valid drivers' license. At other times, travel by light fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter is required. Position may be required to operate or be a passenger in small watercraft. Employees who operate a small watercraft are required to possess safety certification or pass an appropriate safety training course commensurate with watercraft used in the performance of duties.