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Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service

$35.96 to $41.99

Elmira, MI

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$35.96 to $41.99 per hour

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WB 00

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Multiple Appointment Types


1 vacancy in the following location:

Elmira, MI

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.


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You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss!

and Diversity is our Strength

This is a permanent full-time seasonal Excepted Service position which functions as Master/Captain of the 37 Gross Registered Ton, 57' Research Vessel (R/V) Stanford H. Smith fisheries assessment vessel. This position is assigned to the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery, Elmira, Michigan, duty station. The vessel base of the R/V Smith is Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

The incumbent will be in work/pay status for a specified time period each year and will be placed in non-work/non-pay status for the remainder of the year. The approximate field season is February to November each year.

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Following are the major, though not all inclusive, duties of this position.

Plans, coordinates, supervises, and commands the operations of the R/V Stanford H. Smith fisheries assessment vessel.

Enforces all applicable United States (U.S.) Coast Guard rules, regulations, and policies regarding vessel operations.

Conducts safety and other operational drills/training as required by law or policy.

Navigates the vessel on trips from its home port in the Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region, to and from fishery assessment sites and various ports in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior. Routes traveled may intersect and/or parallel commercial shipping lanes in Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior.

Operates vessel during deployment and retrieval of fisheries assessment gear and equipment such as gill nets, bottom trawls, and mid-water trawls, and while deploying hydroacoustic technology.

Assures routine vessel and fishing gear maintenance is performed and a preventive maintenance program is developed, executed, and kept up-to-date as initiatives and agency needs change.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

9902 Master



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

Drug testing position

Medical Requirements

Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required

May be required to successfully complete a supervisory probationary period

2-year trial period


A background investigation is required for this position.

A 2-year trial period is required

Completion of a 1-year supervisory probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Standing, walking, kneeling, stretching, climbing, bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying are all required. Incumbent may be required to stand for long periods of time. Mental concentration and endurance are required when navigating and operating the vessel, especially for prolonged periods.

Work is sometimes performed in cramped and other uncomfortable positions. Items weighing ten pounds are lifted frequently, and objects weighing in excess of fifty pounds are handled occasionally.


By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.

You must be a United States citizen and possess and maintain the following: Current and valid Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) AND a current and valid U.S. Coast Guard License as Master of Great Lakes and Inland Vessels of not more than 50 gross tons (minimum license required to be eligible). You must submit valid copies of these documents to be considered. See Required Documents section for instructions.

As a condition of employment, you must be able to obtain and maintain an Unlimited RADAR observer endorsement within 90 days of appointment in this position.


Additional information

Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (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 for the position with a score of 85 or above; 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 has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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.

Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.


TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: This is a drug testing designated position which requires you pass the pre-employment testing, and you will be subject to random drug testing while you occupy this position.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.

DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.

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.

Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following KSAs:

Ability to safely steer and navigate a vessel within and adjacent to commercial shipping lanes.

Ability to operate vessel radio communications equipment, navigation equipment, and radar equipment.

Ability to construct and maintain assessment fishing nets including gill nets and bottom and mid-water trawls.

Knowledge of vessel and general safety regulations and policies and the ability to implement them in work situations on-board vessels and at dock-side.

Knowledge of vessel and fishing gear maintenance requirements and the ability to apply this knowledge in evaluating the condition of vessels and developing preventive and long-range maintenance programs.In addition, you must possess and maintain the following: Current and valid Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) AND a current and valid USCG License as Master of Great Lakes and Inland Vessels of not more than 50 gross tons.

Your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the above KSAs and you must possess and maintain the above licensure to qualify for the Master position. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required you must show, through experience and/or training, that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience and not necessarily the length of time.

Preference in hiring will be given to applicants claiming veteran's preference over those not making a claim. Applicants will not receive numerical ratings. For information on veteran's preference and what to submit to verify your claim to veteran's preference refer to the Other Information and Required Documents sections in this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

Other supporting documents:

Cover Letter, optional

Current and valid Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) AND a current and valid USCG License as Master of Great Lakes and Inland Vessels of not more than 50 gross tons

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)

If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/23/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select yes and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.

Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated yes in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.

To view the assessment questionnaire, click here:

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (

), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

Agency contact information

Lisa Olson


(612) 713-5225



Division of Human Resources

Division of Human Resources

5600 American Blvd, West Suite 990

Bloomington, MN


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Next steps

Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, 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 by the customer office.

You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account as we will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Social security number request

Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service
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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages over 565 National Wildlife Refuges and 66 National Fish Hatcheries amongst other facilities. All job opportunities are posted on Learn more about working for us:

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