Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)

Department of Commerce

Beaufort , North Carolina

Summary

This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) with one vacancy located in Beaufort, NC.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0003, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

NOTES:

* This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Biological Science Technician (Fisheries), ZT-0404-2 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications and specialized experience as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

* The salary above reflects the 2017 pay scales. Salaries will be adjusted upon announcement of the 2018 pay tables. 

This position has a selective placement factor: Experience working on research vessels during multi-day trips in potentially harsh weather conditions including rain, wind and heavy seas performing scuba- or video-based surveys to identify and count fish species following established protocols.

* Your application materials must clearly demonstrate this experience. Failure to do so will result in your application being marked as ineligible.

Responsibilities

As a Biological Science Technician (Fisheries), you will perform the following duties:

  • Use advanced knowledge of fish identification of the Southeast Atlantic continental shelf ecosystem to serve as a video reader using Southeast Fishery-Independent Survey (SEFIS) protocols to count, measure, and identify fish in fisheries and bycatch samples.
  • Serve as video watch lead, deck watch chief, and scientific surveyor during multiple day SEFIS sampling trips in potentially harsh weather and heavy sea conditions.
  • Provide standardized technical support for fisheries data entry, data Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), data analysis, interpretation, and writing reports and manuscripts on environmental impact, vessel operations, and species behavior for dissemination.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. 

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.

To qualify at the ZT-2 or GS-05 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZT-1 or GS-04 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Performing scuba- or video-based surveys to identify and count Southeast Atlantic reef fish species following established protocols and entering recorded data; and
  • Working on extended marine research cruises.

OR

EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to this position.

OR

COMBINATION: A combination of education and experience.

Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In addition to meeting the above, applicants must also possess experience working on research vessels during multi-day trips in potentially harsh weather conditions including rain, wind and heavy seas performing scuba- or video-based surveys to identify and count fish species following established protocols. Your application materials must clearly demonstrate this experience. Failure to do so will result in your application being marked as ineligible.

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR: Applicants will receive additional weight on their overall rating if they possess this additional experience: Experience identifying and counting Southeast Atlantic reef fish species. Failure to clearly demonstrate this experience in your application materials may result in the removal of the additional weight to your overall rating.

HOW TO APPLY

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484002500