Fish Biologist (Pathways Recent Graduate)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Recent Graduates Full Time
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The Department of Interior Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). Recent graduates who successfully complete the program and meet all applicable program requirements may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent job in the civil service. (Eligibility for conversion is not guaranteed.).
Recent Graduate Program Requirements:
To be eligible, applicants must have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate degree, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying accredited educational institution (i.e., college/university).
Veterans who are unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
This is a full-time appointment in the excepted service and filled at the GS-05 level. Theemployee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time GS-0482-05 Fish Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, ARD-Fisheries, Vernal Fisheries Office, located in Vernal, Utah.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:
Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
Demonstrated successful job performance.
Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
U.S. citizenship required Background Investigation may be required Valid state driver's license required Official US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required May be required to complete a one-year probationary period Requires Pathways Participant Agreement
Becomes familiar with priority issues associated with recovery of Colorado River endangered fishes
Assists with conducting scientific and management investigations and helps with data and report preparation
Performs a wide variety of fish sampling and field data collection techniques on large rivers including raft electro-fishing, radio-telemetry, non-lethal tissue sampling, fish tagging, seining, and operating motorized watercraft and rafts in swift currents
Assists in oral presentations of research results and findings at meetings. workshops, and conferences
Assists with instream flow projects for riverine flow regimes necessary for recovery of endangered fish
A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in biological science that included at least 6 semester hours in the aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; at least 12 semester hours in animal sciences, in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. Note: If courses in aquatic and animal sciences are not clearly identified on transcripts and knowledge of such subjects was in other coursework, include a description of such courses, to include syllabus as provided in official college catalog.
B. Combination of education from an accredited college or university and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e. at least 30 semester hours), as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Note: If courses in aquatic and animal sciences are not clearly identified on transcripts and knowledge of such subjects was in other coursework, include a description of such courses, to include syllabus as provided in official college catalog.
This position requires completion of the specific course of study as reflected above. ALL APPLICANTS, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify that they meet these educational requirements and eligibility for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, applicants MUST ensure that the transcripts submitted verify completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit transcripts that verify qualifying education by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi or an official course description, as provided by the university course catalog. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to the Basic Education requirement, the following competencies are required:
Knowledge of fishery management
Ability to Communicate written and orally
Ability to collect biological data
Skill in use of vehicles and watercraft equipment
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified - 2. Well Qualified - 3. Better Qualified - 4. Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the job requirements, Basic Education, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.
All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.
It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.
NOTE: To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account here: . Select the "Application Status" link and then select the "more information" link for this position. The "Details" page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 1212975. Fax your documents to .
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you cannot apply online: 1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and;
2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire , and;
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here:
2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire
3. All college transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify eligibility for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program and verification of Basic Education Requirement for this position.
4. Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to /.
NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service. If you do not submit a Member-4 copy, you will not be given preference.
Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to .
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

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