Job opening: Fish Biologist
Salary: $46 696 - 89 835 per year
Published at: Aug 14 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
Two positions will be filled. One position on the Shoshone National Forest in either Lander, WY or Dubois, WY and one position on the San Juan National Forest in Durango, CO.
Incumbent plans, administers, and provides professional expertise in fisheries programs and fishery resource management.
For additional information:
Shoshone National Forest POC: Joseph Flower at 307-335-2157, [email protected]
San Juan National Forest POC: Clayton Kampf at 970-385-1345, [email protected]
Responsibilities are listed at the full performance level.
Classify habitat and determine stream conditions of fisheries.
Gather and compile aquatic habitat and species data using all types of sampling equipment to determine fish habitat needs.
Provide biological input into the fish habitat management program to assist in development of fishery management plans.
Analyze data to recommend solutions to special issues or problems involving fishery resources and determine the need for fish habitat improvement projects.
Map key fish habitat for suitability and determining the need for fish habitat enhancement or restoration.
Work cooperatively with State, Tribal, and Federal fish, aquatic species, and water quality management agencies to manage aquatic species and habitats.
Develop environmental analysis reports and biological evaluations of threatened, endangered and sensitive species for review by journey level biologists.
Participate on interdisciplinary teams for district or forest or equivalent level to discuss environmental issues.
Develop project plans to evaluate fisheries and riparian habitat.
Coordinate and/or implement approved resource management plans such as habitat restoration or enhancement projects.
Serve as leader of fish habitat improvement projects, habitat inventory, and monitoring programs.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.
Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study 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.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
For the GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; Examples of specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following: As a trainee,
Collected field data on streams, lakes, or aquatic ecosystems using standard industry methodologies;
Prepared raw field data for use in final reporting documents; summarized/conveyed survey findings for management use;
Worked in collaborative settings to achieve natural resource goals; or
Maintained accountability and performed operator-level maintenance of field gear and fleet equipment.
One full year of graduate level education; The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work
An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
For the GS-09 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following:
Collected field data on fish habitat and other aquatic resources for preparation of reports, maps, and/or management plans using industry-appropriate field procedures;
Classified habitat and determined condition/suitability for native cold-water aquatic species;
Developed and organized field sampling plans to meet natural resource objectives within budget/logistical constraints; or
Collaborated with inter/intra-organization personnel to achieve multiple resource goals.
A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;
An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include meeting one or more of the following:
Coordinated limited studies of fishery populations; and prepared a variety of written reports or limited environmental analyses.
Participated on interdisciplinary teams and prepared environmental analysis reports.
Served as a leader of fish habitat improvement projects and habitat inventory and monitoring programs.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled) OR Appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).
The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position.
See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.
- Address USDA Forest Service HRM Contact Center
DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
- Name: HRM Contact Center
- Phone: 1-877-372-7248 X2
- Email: [email protected]