Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Geneticist or Fish Biologist in Longview, Washington

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Longview, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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The Abernathy Fish Technology Center (Center), Longview, Washington, provides applied aquatic research and development capabilities for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific (WA, OR, ID, HI, Pacific Islands) and Pacific Southwest (CA and NV) Regions. The Center's Applied Research Programs assist restoration and recovery efforts by scientific development and evaluation of new and retooling of existing methods, concepts, systems, and approaches for use by Fish and Wildlife Management Offices, Fish Health Centers, National Fish Hatcheries, Service programs such as Ecological Services, National Wildlife Refuges, and Law Enforcement, and external partners such as state and federal agencies, Tribal governments, and non-governmental organizations in both Regions. The Center maintains Applied Research Programs in the fields of Nutrition, Conservation Genetics, Ecological Physiology and Modeling/Management Decision Support.

NOTE: This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures, open to current and former federal employees. See vacancy R1-17-1817764-RR-MP if you want to be considered under merit promotion procedures.

  • The incumbent is the Assistant Regional Geneticist and is expected to exhibit scientific leadership within the agency and in broader conservation genetics community. They will act as the Point of Contact and technical lead on multiple conservation genetics research projects involving fish species native to western North America.
  • Proposes, designs, coordinates, and implements genetic studies of bull trout, Olympic mudminnow, modoc suckers, and other native fish species. Coordination is to ensure data standardization, consistency, and quality control; optimization of information; and technical coordination among projects, cooperators, and stakeholders in order to identify information "gaps" and prevent duplication of effort.
  • Study design and coordination are conducted at a geographic, often cross-regional scale appropriate to the corresponding management need. Establish collaborations between multiple agency and academic partners is essential.
  • Attends fishery and hatchery management meetings to help identify genetic data needs of the Service and develop appropriate study designs for meeting those needs. Participates in multi-agency work groups and provides interpretation and guidance on the application of genetic data to Service policy to both internal and external partners.
  • Briefs the head of the Center's Applied Research Program in Conservation Genetics and the Center's directorate on problems, progress, needs, and opportunities in activities associated with fulfilling major duties, including providing guidance on new techniques and methodologies. Provides general advice and technical assistance to other professionals, agencies, tribal groups, and educational institutions on analytical techniques and applied research accomplishments. This includes oral presentations at workshops, symposia, and other scientific meetings.
  • Performs statistical analyses and generates graphical representations of study results, and incorporates these data into written reports, peer-reviewed scientific publications and oral presentations.

If selected at the GS-11 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required to conduct project assignments, attend training and meetings, as required. Approximately 1-2 overnights per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Initial Probationary Period, if not already served
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.


To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must meet one of the following: A. Possess at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to fish biology or genetics. *OR *B. Possess 1 year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least three of the following scenarios: 1) Using DNA markers and automated DNA analyzers/sequencers to collect genotypic data, gene frequency, and DNA sequence data on populations of fish; AND 2) Extracting and archiving DNA from fish populations; AND 3) Utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify target genes/sequences. Note: All experience listed above must be supported in your resume

To qualify t the GS-12 level, you must meet possess at least 1 year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Using DNA markers and automated DNA analyzers/sequencers to collect genotypic data, gene frequency, and DNA sequence data on populations of bull trout and other fish species native to western North America; AND 2) Extracting and archiving DNA from fish populations native to western North America; AND 3) Utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify target genes/sequences; AND 4) Conducting complex molecular genetic analyses of fish species native to western North America. Note: All experience listed above must be supported in your resume

This Position Has A Positive Education Requirement. Therefore, all applicants MUST provide a copy of their transcripts to support their education claims. Since this position requires you to have successfully completed a specific amount of semesters (or equivalent) in specific fields, your transcripts will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the requirement in full. 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 school letterhead from the academic professor or from your school 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 selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.


GS-0482 Series, must possess one of the following: *A. A degree with a major in a biological science that included: 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 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. 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 A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

*GS-0440 Series, must possess *a Bachelor's degree in genetics or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics. The 9 semester hours of genetic course work are CLEARLY identifiable in the transcripts that I have submitted with my resume. For courses that are not clearly identified as genetics, I have submitted the proper documentation, as outlined in the job announcement, to document my qualification for this position.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Direct deposit of salary payment. Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt. After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your full name and vacancy number (R1-17-1824494-RR-DE) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.


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Other Information

Salary Range: $62,531.00 to $97,434.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0440, 0482-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453262500

Job Announcement Number: R1-17-1824494-RR-DE