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Fish Biologist

Department Of The Interior
Annapolis, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
Invasive Species
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
This position is a Fish Biologist, GS- 0482-11, working in Annapolis, MD, for the R5-Maryland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

This is a term position expected to last 13 months but may be extended up to a total of 4 years at management's discretion.

As a Fish Biologist your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

* Supervising a crew of three employees in coordinating implementation of the Northern Snakehead Control and Management Plan for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
* Managing all aspects of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) project including budget, proposal development, implementation, and reporting.
* Working in cooperation with state and Federal partners on AIS planning.
* Analyzing studies and projects to determine rate of success for managing and reducing populations of Northern Snakehead in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
* Experience operating electrofishing boats and gear to collect target species.

Only experience and education obtained by 06/14/2024 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification.

Basic Requirement:

* Degree with a major in biological science that included (a) 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 (b) 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
* Combination of education and experience that includes 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. This combination of education and experience is comparable to successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field as described in (1).

Minimum Qualification [GS-11]

* One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service performing work in or directly related to fishery biology and/or aquatic conservation. Qualifying experience may include: (1) leading field teams in the assessment and/or control of aquatic invasive species; (2) managing and analyzing data to make program recommendations; (3) conducting studies affecting fish and aquatic species populations and performing data and statistical analysis; (4) working in partnerships to achieve aquatic species population and environmental objectives; (5) providing planning support for biological and/or environmental initiatives related to the management of fish and aquatic resources; (6) preparing and presenting scientific data relative to fishery resources. OR
* Three years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. -OR- possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with a major study directly related to the work of this position (e.g., fish biology, ichthyology, limnology, fish culture, etc.). OR
* A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the 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.

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