Fish Biologist

Department of the Interior

Miles City , Montana

Summary

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as a Fish Biologist in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, Miles City Field Office, Division of Renewable Resources, Miles City, Montana.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2018-0025. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

Responsibilities

At the full performance level, major duties include but are not limited to: Reviewing the recommendations and data input from the field offices on fish and aquatic issues; working with the Lead Fishery Biologist in the State on coordination issues with local interest groups, Tribal Councils and other federal agencies on matters pertaining to the impact of the application of biological decisions, habitat conservation, and laws and regulations; serving on interdisciplinary teams, preparing and reviewing the aquatic biological input to Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Sections 7 Biological Assessments, and development of protective stipulations and Resource Management Plans; identifying impacts to fish habitat and aquatic special status species by other resource activities; conducting surveys and monitoring existing aquatic management habitat projects; and designing, implementing and monitoring new habitat projects.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is performed in the office and field locations under a variety of topographic and climatic conditions and may occasionally require some physical exertion such as walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces in terrain and stream beds and exposure to extreme temperatures. The field duties of this position require that the employee operate four-wheel drive vehicles on and off roads in isolated areas.

Qualifications

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

A. 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

B. 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 A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade. 

Specialized Experience for the GS-09 Fishery Biologist: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as experience assisting higher graded fishery biologists by conducting moderately difficult evaluations, using knowledge of fishery biology to: identify resources, analyze and evaluate conditions, evaluate overall resource needs, identify local impacts and mitigation measures, enter and manipulate fishery data to generate queries and reports, and lead lower graded technicians; OR 2 years of graduate education (36 semester hours) of progressively higher graduate level education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in fishery biology or a directly related biological science with an emphasis in aquatic subjects; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

Specialized Experience for the GS-11 Fishery Biologist: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-09 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as directly managing fish resources to study and analyzing fish life history, behavior, habitat requirements, fish diseases, classification, environmental contaminants, lake and stream ecosystem functions and economic implications of fish management; and experience applying policies, procedures and requirements pertaining to the management of threatened and endangered species and completion of NEPA documents;OR 3 years of graduate education (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in fishery biology or a directly related biological science with an emphasis in aquatic subjects; OR an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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