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Fish Biologist

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Summary This position is part of Office of Subsistence Management. As a Fish Biologist you will be responsible for managing 230 million acres of Alaskan federal lands & waters. This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R7-18-10258594-JE for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods. Responsibilities Participate in the development of the biennial Fisheries Resource Monitory Program (FRMP) request for proposals. Serve as Cooperative Agreements Assistance Specialist Representation and/or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative for fisheries stock status and trends projects. Author the analyses of assigned fisheries regulatory proposels and out-of-cycle special action requests. Conduct limnological and fishery surveys and/or investigations. Occasionally travel in boat or small plane to remote field camps. Provide programmatic assistance with regulatory issues, public meetings, cooperative agreements, day to day acitivites, and subsistence programs. For more information on this position ****. Travel Required Occasional travel - Travel will be throughout Alaska but will be infrequent and occasional. Requirements Requirements 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 May be required to successfully complete a probationary period Qualifications Only experience and education obtained by will be considered. Basic Educational Requirement Bachelor's degree with a 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; OR 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 plus appropriate experience or additional education. You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to work as a fish biologist. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: providing technical assistance on the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of field project investigations related to fish population dynamics, population estimation, resource and statistical modeling, statistical treatments of population genetics data, and mixed stock analysis; ensuring that designs meet identified study objectives, are statistically valid, and provide interpretations valuable to managers; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include Fishery Biology; OR Combination of education and experience as listed above. You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to work as a fish biologist. Examples of specialized experience include providing technical assistance on the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of field project investigations related to fish population dynamics, population estimation, resource and statistical modeling, statistical treatments of population genetics data, and mixed stock analysis; ensuring that designs meet identified study objectives, are statistically valid, and provide interpretations valuable to managers; serving as an expert in the fields of applied fishery statistics and fish population dynamics on issues of regional, national and international consequence. 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. Promotion Potential: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-11/12. At lower grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11/12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.The selectee may be promoted without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Education 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: Additional information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) 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, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP 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 RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 07/26/2018; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area A PCS Move is authorized as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding 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 contribute to development and implementation of a biological and/or anthropological monitoring program. Ability to design biologically sound technical studies, collect and evaluate scientific data, generate and maintain record systems and professionally prepare and disseminate study results. Knowledge of administrative regulations and policies to manage budgets and resources for a fisheries monitoring program. Ability to communicate technical and scientific information to diverse audiences. Knowledge of, and skill in applying the basic concepts, principles, practices and methodologies of fishery biology and related disciplines; able to adapt or modify processes and procedures as necessary. Ability to conduct fishery research and management investigations. All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Well Qualified, Best Qualified, and Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). 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. Background checks and security clearance

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