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Fish Biologist

Challis, ID

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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our Website .
This position is located in Challis, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area can be found at
The physical demands of this position are being required to use four-wheel vehicles, off-highway vehicles, travel on foot in rugged terrain, walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The incumbent may occasionally be involved in work that requires flying in helicopters and/or fixed wing aircraft.
We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Independently performs more complex biological studies and produce reports on fish habitat requirements.
Document the effects of environmental contaniment, parasites, and diseases on fish and other aquatic species.
Participates with other more senior specialists in monitoring on-going aquatic habitat development projects to develop basic data input for interdisciplinary reports, environmental assessments, and protective stipulations for Special Status Species aquatic life; and to perform basic monitoring and surveying of sensitive aquatic species and their habitats.
Works with other fish biologists and other senior specialists in coordinating and consulting with local Tribal, State, special interest groups and other federal agencies concerned with protection and conservation of aquatic habitat.
Serves on interdisciplinary teams to write and review aquatic biological input to Environmental Assessments (ESA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Section 7 Biological Assessments, and development of protective stipulations and Resource Management Plans (RMPs)
Identifies impacts to fish habitat and aquatic special status species by other activities; evaluates inventory and monitors data to determine habitat and population trends and impacts; and formulates strategies to recover, mitigate, or monitor impacts.
Participates in monitoring on going aquatic habitat development projects.
Conducts surveys and monitors existing aquatic habitat projects; and designs, implements, and monitors new habitat projects for the assigned area.
Participates in monitoring and surveying sensitive aquatic species and their habitats.
Responsible for reviewing recommendations and data input from Field Offices on fish and aquatic issues. May also provide guidance and quality control for projects and products for less senior specialists.
Assists in development, implementation and maintenance of resource management plans for the Field Office.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and/or field visits.
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0482 Fish Biology
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required.
Security Clearance/Background Investigation required.
Read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections.
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
Direct Deposit Required.
Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.
Basic Education Requirement:
A. 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;
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.)
B. 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 in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
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.
For GS-07:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-05 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined experience assisting higher graded fishery biologists by conducting fish presence/absence surveys, conducting monitoring of fish habitat parameters, collecting stream temperature data, and summarizing data.
For GS-09:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as experience assisting higher graded fishery biologists by conducting moderately difficult evaluations, using knowledge of fishery biology to: identify resources, analyze and evaluate conditions, evaluate overall resource needs, identify local impacts and mitigation measures, enter and manipulate fishery data to generate queries and reports, and lead lower graded technicians.
For GS-11:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as experience assessing fishery habitat, riparian or land health conditions/riparian functioning condition; develops policies, agreements and restrictions for the conservation & management of fishery habitat; designs projects to protect/improve riparian habitat conditions; analyze data and interpret results to prescribe management practices that will improve land health.
Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
For GS-07:
One year (18 semester hours) of graduate-level education in fishery biology or directly related biological science with emphasis in aquatic subjects.
Superior academic achievement is based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member. For a detailed description of Superior Academic Achievement, please visit the Superior Academic Achievement website .
For GS-09:
Two years (36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in fishery biology or directly related biological science with emphasis in aquatic subjects.
For GS-11:
Three years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctor's degree degree in fishery biology or directly related biological science with emphasis in aquatic subjects.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
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 by the closing date of the announcement.
Additional information
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at ****. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
Reemployment Priority List (RPL):
The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1:
Knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to Fish Biology.
KSA 2:
Knowledge of the disciplines of mining engineering, petroleum, engineering, geology, hydrology, recreation management, or physical science to incorporate considerations into plans and the execution of planned activities.
KSA 3:
Ability to research, collect, verify, interpret and analyze a variety of directions, regulations and information to provide fisheries and aquatic habitat information to other resource specialists in a team setting.
KSA 4:
Ability to work with diverse groups of people including members of the general public, tribes, and representatives from offices within Federal, state, and local agencies.
To preview questions please click here .
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Applicable
Required Documents
Required Documents
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
You must provide copies of all your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and VA letter.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable, please visit VetGuide .
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax:
allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
If uploading a resume, you must include the following:
Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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