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Fish Biologist, GS-0482-09/11 (DEU)(FR)

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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

### Summary

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:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

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
-Provides technical advice and guidance in environmental activities
and issues specific to NEPA and Section 7 consultations.
-Prepares/reviews Biological/Environmental Assessments and impact
-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.

### Qualifications

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
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

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.

### Education

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

### 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

Employment Conditions:
-This position requires a one-year probationary period.
-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation
-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
-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:

### 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

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
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
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.

**To preview questions please click here.**

### 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:

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:

#### 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

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

Review our benefits

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

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

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:

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, 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

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the
HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at 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

### Agency contact information

### Human Resources Office

##### Phone


##### TDD

##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, California 95825-1898
United States

Learn more about this agency

### 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

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

### 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### 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 For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.



Sacramento, CA