As a Biological Science Technician at the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office, located in Lodi, California, you will be responsible for providing technical support and assistance to biologists participating in multiple activities that support the conservation, restoration, protection, enhancement and management of the Central Valley's aquatic resources.
Conducts aquatic field investigations for fish species, habitat analysis and habitat restoration using both active and passive collection methods, depending on the objectives, environmental characteristics, aquatic organism’s behavior, and size. Specifically, census surveys, distribution, and abundance estimation, habitat restoration monitoring, mark/recapture studies and fish and habitat assessments, and acoustic tagging.
Collects, stores, organizes, and transfers raw data sheets to digital files and inputs data into computer databases. This involves species identification and measurement; records numbers, lengths, and weights; takes tissue and scale samples; and notes environmental factors that affect fish and/or aquatic habitat i.e., stream discharge, water depth-velocity profile, water temperature measurements, and turbidity.
Enters field data into a central database. Performs Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC) on all data entered. This involves basic analysis of the data collected relative to objectives outlined.
Identifies fish (including larval) to species in the field and lab using dichotomous keys. Recovers coded-wire tags from specimens collected. Use a microscope to read coded-wire tags.
These are full-time TEMP positions not-to-exceed one year in duration. However, they may be extended without further competition if the need continues and funding is available. Maximum total appointment will not exceed 2 years.
Applications are only accepted via USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478372100
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
Pre-employment and random drug testing
Must have or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license
Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
Ability to swim and snorkel in cold fast moving water
Ability to operate motorboats up to 25 feet in length
Obtain and maintain Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification
May require working evenings, weekends, and holidays
Must obtain and maintain Swiftwater Safety Certification
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify, applicants must:
A. Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level which is directly related to this position. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Conducting surveys of aquatic species and their habitat; and 2) Recording and summarizing data collected during fishery surveys. NOTE: Your resume must clearly provide sufficient detail performing both these duties to be found qualified.
B. 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 (or equivalent) in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to fishery subjects such as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, aquaculture, etc.
C. Possess a combination of specialized experience and education (in excess of the first 2 academic years/60 semester hours) as described above that, when computed as percentages of their respective requirements, equals at least 100% when combined. Only education beyond the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the 2nd year) is creditable using this method.
NOTE: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. 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 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.