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Fish Biologist, GS-0482-09/11 (DEU)(FR) =======================================
##### Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/09/2019 to 07/23/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 09 - 11
- ##### Salary
$55,851 to $87,851 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA 1 vacancy
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
- Duties ------
Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Fish Biologist
This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office in Sacramento, CA. For more information on the Sacramento area visit: http://www.saccounty.net/default.htm
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
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Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level. At the GS-09 level, the duties of this position are developmental in nature and lead to the full performance level of GS-11. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: Promotion is not automatic.
At the GS-11 grade level:
-Provides technical advice for instream flows and reservoir management, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats operation of mitigation hatcheries, national and local environmental compliance and endangered species restoration and recovery. -Coordinates aquatic studies with other agency personnel. Serves as a liaison with outside agencies regarding dissemination of aquatic information. -Provides technical advice and guidance in environmental activities and issues specific to NEPA and Section 7 consultations. -Prepares/reviews Biological/Environmental Assessments and impact statements. -Reviews proposed policies for technical adequacy and potential effects to ongoing projects and programs. -Conducts field surveys of fish and other aquatic biota, via snorkeling, seining, and other sampling methods. -Compiles monitoring data using GIS, GPS, maps to make resource management decisions. -Analyzes data, prepares technical reports, and presents findings. -Coordinates specific biological and water quality activities with representatives of other Federal, State and local agencies. -Provides aquatic and natural resource input and Reclamation's viewpoint to interagency teams. -Serves as a COR/GOR to acquire additional resources and products that support BDO and Regional objectives. -Plans and manages operational budgets for assigned projects.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel required approximately 5% of the time.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0482 Fish Biology
- Requirements ------------
### Conditions of Employment
- Subject to successful completion of a background investigation - Field work required 25% of the time
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
Minimum Education Requirement: Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
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; 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.) \*OR\* A 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
In addition to meeting the minimum education requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience as defined below:
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in a field related this position.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. in the field a field related to this position.
Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-09: Experience working as a Fishery Biologist or similar position in a eutrophic reservoir or lake environment; developing study designs to evaluate limiting factors affecting fish populations, (eg., lake surface elevations, fish habitat assessments, and stream flows); performing data analysis on fish populations to determine impacts of water resources and development projects.
GS-11: Experience as a Fish Biologist or similar position developing and conducting biological assessments and studies of migrating fish populations, aquatic organisms and water quality assessments with emphasis on anadromous fish. Work demonstrates familiarly with computerized ecological models of fisheries data and fish population responses to water flow, water operations and water quality parameters. These examples are not all inclusive.
Experience that would not normally be part of an applicant's position may be creditable when documented by satisfactory evidence (e.g., a memorandum from the manager or human resources director, SF-52, or similar documentation).
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.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
### Additional information
Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. This is not a virtual position.
Employment Conditions: -This position requires a one-year probationary period. -Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required. -Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State's driver's license -Work is indoors with occasional trips to field study areas requiring the use of a small boat and exposure to varying weather conditions. -All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. -Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card for business travel. -This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, Local 951.
Incumbent must possess or obtain certification as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (CTR)/Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).
Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit:http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Professional knowledge of biological concepts, principles, and theories of fishery biology, aquatic sciences and environmental requirements to serve as a technical specialist on fishes and their habitat. 2. Knowledge of pertinent environmental laws (National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), State of California regulations, policies and directives. 3. Ability to coordinate, conduct, and direct environmental analyses and research for environmental programs. 4. Ability to analyze and document resource conditions through the use of monitoring techniques, GIS, GPS, maps and aerial photography. 5. Skill in written and verbal communications.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be rated ineligible or score may be lowered.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
- Required Documents ------------------
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of their college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member's DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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 a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
#### 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.
- Benefits --------
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- How to Apply ------------
Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.
This vacancy is being announced through the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html
As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your application not being considered for this position.
Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).
Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at http://www.federalrelay.us/. The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
### Agency contact information
### Human Resources Office
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 2800 Cottage Way Attn: MP-500 Sacramento, California 95825-1898 United States
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### Next steps
After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.
- Fair & Transparent ------------------
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### 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.
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### 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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability - Social security number request - Privacy Act - Signature and false statements - Selective Service - New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/538978600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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