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Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Supervisory Fish Biologist in Uvalde, Texas


This position is the Project Leader for the Uvalde National Fish Hatchery responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, scheduling, and controlling the station's short and long term goals.


Duties will include but are not limited to the following: Responsible for all administrative financial management functions for the station, such as the development of annual budgets, program plans, development programs, maintenance, and submission of fiscal accounts, property records, activity reports, travel vouchers and authorizations, and purchase authority activities. Accountable for planning and administering the station's combined budget that exceeds $500,000 annually from 5 or more funding sources. In addition to annual production commitments for recreational fish, the Hatchery Manager develops other funding sources for additional production opportunities. For these efforts, the incumbent prepares project proposals, progress reports, and ensures projects in all areas are completed within budgets. The incumbent leads the hatchery's work and coordinates with other Division of Fisheries offices, State and Federal agencies and cooperative multi-agency programs for the captive rearing of both endangered species and sport fish (for recreational fishing). Collaborates with engineering and contracting specialists to plan, design, and/or redesign facilities, equipment, and aquaculture systems to meet changing needs, conditions, and requirements while considering cost effectiveness and practical structural designs. Incumbent performs a broad range of supervisory duties, including leadership, direction, development, and guidance for a diverse staff of up to seven employees, including an Assistant Project Leader, Fish Biologists, Animal Caretaker, maintenance staff, and an Administrative Technician. The incumbent also supervises numerous seasonal and interim volunteers, Pathways Internship Program employees and Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) employees. Participates in, and some cases, leads aquaculture investigations on the propagation of imperiled species to guide biologists toward scientifically valid fisheries program development, and applies new scientific findings, development, and advancement toward the resolution of critical propagation problems. Develops new aquaculture techniques that monitor and minimize the overall water usage by the facility. Additionally, in order to meet the State's water discharge permit requirements, submits monthly and semi-annual water quality reports to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Provides technical support when requested to various workgroups, committees, planning groups, media, and advisory groups; including the San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program, Rio Grande Fishes Recovery Team, Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. Physical Demands: The work is accomplished in a variety of office and field settings that requires physical exertion such as recurring periods of bending, crouching, and reaching; and lifting objects weighing up to, and in excess of, 50 pounds. Outdoor work includes working in hot and humid climates and periods of physical exertion. Physical demands include time in kayaks and boats and in environments in which one can get wet and fatigued while working in ponds, hatchery buildings, or in the field in streams and rivers. Work Environment: The incumbent performs work in an office, laboratory, hatchery, and field setting; and sitting and operating a computer for long periods. Outdoor work involves operation and use of kayaks, boats, automobiles, trucks, tractors, and mowers. The Project Leader must wear the Service uniform. The position also requires the incumbent to possess a state motor vehicle operator's license for the operation of Government-owned vehicles.


Conditions of Employment


Only experience and education obtained by 04/21/2021 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification. Basic Requirement: Possess at least 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 Possess 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. Minimum Qualification: Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government performing all of the following: 1) experience managing a fish hatchery including its infrastructure and staff, 2)experience in fisheries management or fish culture; 3) experience in reintroduction and monitoring of endangered fish species; 4) experience working as a lead where instructions and guidance is given to others; and 5) experience planning, coordinating, and managing budgets. This experience must be clearly reflected in your resume. 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.


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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Telework: This position is not suitable for telework. Additional Vacancies: One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):Department of Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. CTAP or ICTAP applicants must be determined to be well-qualified for this position in order to receive special selection priority. To be well-qualified, a CTAP or ICTAP applicant must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. For more information visit: OPM's Employee Guide to Career Transition