Fish Biologist

Department Of The Interior Anchorage, AK
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is part of the Assistant Regional Director-Subsistence Management. As a Fish Biologist you will be responsible for the subsistence management for about 230 million acres of federal public lands and waters in Alaska.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R7-18-10258592-JE is open to all qualified individuals. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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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 contact the supervisor, Tom Doolittle, at (907) 786-3871.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be throughout Alaska but will be infrequent and occasional.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

* Job family (Series)

0482 Fish Biology

* Requirements

Help 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

* Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates

* LMWFA or Public Land Corps eligibles may apply

Qualifications

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

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.

The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures:

Current appointees:

Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.

* Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.

* Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND

* Must have performed at an acceptable level.

Former appointees:

* Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

* Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;

* Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,

* Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND

* Must have performed at an acceptable level

Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority:

Note: You must provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service.

(1) In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must provide documentation, as part of their application, verifying their eligibility and meet the following criteria:

(a) Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC;

(b) Applied to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status;

(c) Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification standards stated in the vacancy announcement for the position which you are applying; and

(d) Completed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years.

(2) Appointments must be effected within the two years requirement.

(3) The two year time-frame cannot be extended.

(4) Selectees will be subject to a probationary period.

(5) This authority may be used for General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions.

(6) Competitive service appointments may be made for temporary, term or permanent positions.

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) and grade point average or class ranking. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html