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This position is part of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. As a Fish Biologist, you will perform a variety of operational tasks relating to fishery management.
This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which MAY be extended for a total appointment of 4 years at management's discretion.
Applicants are ineligible for this position if ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant receives a pardon.
As a Fish Biologist, you will:
Use a variety of freshwater aquatic species survey techniques involving standardized sampling, statistical sampling, and experimental design
Advise others on scientific and technical matters associated with fishery resource management and fish habitat restoration
Analyze a variety of data concerning fish populations and their habitats and evaluate information from surveys and treatments
Act as a representative at interagency planning sessions and other meetings pertaining to fisheries management, endangered species, wetlands, and other natural resources issues
You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
Possess 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, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects, OR
Have a 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.
And meet one of the following:
Have at least one year of specialized experience performing the work of a Fish Biologist. This experience is equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service; however, it may have been obtained in either the private or public sectors. This experience illustrates knowledge of field fishery sampling techniques; skill in analyzing highly technical scientific data; and skill in operating and maintaining field equipment, facilities and motorized vehicles. Examples of experience include: conducting biological surveys, observing and recording a wide variety of fish habitat and aquatic species data; assisting in the compilation and analysis of data; collecting, handling, identifying, tagging and caring for a variety of endangered, native, and recreational fishes; and operating/maintaining various types of scientific field sampling gear, OR
Completion of one full year graduate education in an accredited college or university in a field directly related to fishery biology such as 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, OR
Meet one of the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (To meet the requirements for the Superior Academic Achievement provision, you must have: graduated with an overall GPA of at least 2.95; OR, graduated with at least a 3.45 GPA in your major or during the last two years of college; OR, graduated in the top third of your class; OR, was a member of a national scholastic honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.), OR
Possess an equivalent combination of professional experience and graduate level education which together equals 100% of the requirements.
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.
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