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Fish Biologist
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Department of the Interior | Tishomingo, OK
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OVERVIEW: This Fish Biologist position is located in the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

NOTE: This is a TERM appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.

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MAJOR DUTIES: Primary duties include but are not limited to:

Assist biologists in planning biological studies related to fish culture, hatchery quality control, fishery management assistance, and assessing fish populations.

Assist with biological studies related to rearing stocks of threatened, endangered, and imperiled fish in a controlled environment for research purposes, maintain ark populations, and release in impacted waters to supplement natural reproduction.

Participate in studies/evaluations including the design, collection, and analysis of biological data pertaining to rearing/propagation activities and aquatic species cultural requirements of species.

Assist with hatchery evaluations and ecological interactions between hatchery and wild fish, including stream ecology studies involving population distribution, abundance, survival, age/length of composition, behavior, competition, and habitat assessments.

Assist in routine maintenance of hatchery facilities, grounds, and equipment; inspect and maintain recirculating and flow through systems including pumps, pipes, filters, controllers, and heater/chiller systems.

Assist with the Hatchery's imperiled aquatic species program involving rearing stocks of threatened, endangered and imperiled fishes, mussels, and reptiles.

Assist Biologists in implementing and managing the cool- and or warm-water fish production and distribution programs at the Hatchery.

Travel Required

25% or less - For fish population assessments and fish collection

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0482 Fish Biology

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S. Citizen
* 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
* May be required to successfully complete a trial period
* Required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
* Required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts
* Must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet both the Basic Education Requirements and Additional Qualification Requirements listed below.


All applicants must meet the following Basic Education Requirements. For each question, choose the response that best describes your education. NOTE: Copies of your transcripts MUST be submitted to document educational accomplishments and MUST list your coursework taken as well as the degree you were awarded and the date this degree was conferred (if applicable). Your answers will be verified by your transcripts. If your transcripts do not show proof of your response, you will be determined to be not qualified for this position.

A. Have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 1) 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 2) at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences subjects such as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. OR

B. Have an appropriate combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a 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 described in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


In addition to the Basic Education Requirements, applicants must meet the following Additional Qualification Requirements to qualify for this position. Please note that in determining your qualifications, your response will be verified against the information you provide in your resume. Therefore, your responses MUST be supported and clearly shown in your resume. If your resume does not support your response, you will be determined as not qualified for this position.

A. Have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-05 in the Federal service). This specialized experience MUST include: (1) conducting biological studies of aquatic/fish species; (2) observing and recording a wide variety of fish habitat and aquatic species data; (3) assisting in the compilation and analysis of aquatic species/fish data; (4) collecting, handling, identifying, tagging, and caring for a variety of endangered, native, and recreational fishes; and (5) operating and maintaining various types of scientific field sampling gear. OR

B. Have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies. OR

C. Have successfully completed one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following related fields: limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, fish and wildlife management, marine science, or other fields directly related to fishery biology. The education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position. OR

D. I possess an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education in excess of the first year which together equals 100% of the requirements.

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.

NOTE: Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this vacancy announcement will be considered.


PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

About Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. Its work affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to the children studying in Indian schools.