Biological Technician (Fisheries)

Luray, Virginia
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 28, 2021
Full Time

The primary purpose of these positions is to assist with the implementation of fish population monitoring throughout the park. These positions will serve on a field crew conducting backpacking electrofishing surveys in mountain stream habitats. During monitoring surveys, fish will be captured, identified, measured, weighed, and released. Additional duties include assisting with all aspects of the monitoring protocol including netting fish, fish identification, measuring stream habitat, and collecting information on water quality and quantity. Standardized software is used for data entry and summaries.

The GS-06 position will serve as assistant crew lead on the field crew conducting backpacking electrofishing surveys within mountain stream habitats. Additional duties include leading and assisting with all aspects of the monitoring protocol including netting fish, fish identification, measuring stream habitat, and collecting information on water quality and quantity. The assistant crew lead will be responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment.

The GS-06 and one of the GS-05's will also assist with aquatic macroinvertebrate monitoring. These two positions will work in the park from mid-April through early September. Three GS-05 positions for fisheries monitoring will work in the park from the end of May through early September.



These positions are covered by the RUS Salary Table. Current GS-05 salary is $16.90 PH. Current GS-06 salary is $18.84 PH.

POSITION LOCATION: These positions will be with the Division of Natural and Cultural Resources, Shenandoah National Park, Headquarters Complex. Headquarters is located approximately 4 miles from Luray, Virginia; a small rural community in the Shenandoah Valley with all the usual facilities and services including schools, and a population of about 4900. Nearby local towns include Harrisonburg, 33 miles; Winchester, 44 miles; and Charlottesville, 66 miles.

Shenandoah National Park contains 197,000 acres along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. The Park's backcountry consists of more than 500 miles of trails, including 95 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and nearly 80,000 acres of federally designed wilderness. Skyline Drive, the famous scenic tour road through the Park, follows the ridge crest for 105 miles from Front Royal to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesboro. Over a million people visit the Park each year to enjoy views from the Skyline Drive, hike trails, fish for trout, enjoy nature study, camp in campgrounds or in the backcountry, or stay overnight in one of the Park's rustic lodges or backcountry cabins. Park forests support a variety of wildlife, including deer, black bear and bobcats, and the mountain streams are inhabited by numerous species of fishes, including brook trout.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information regarding this announcement or how to apply, please contact the HR Office at the number or email provided under the "agency contact information" section. For specific questions pertaining to the position being advertised, please contact or 540-999-3500 x3433. Email is the preferred method of inquiry as it provides the fastest response time. When inquiring by email please include the job announcement number NE-1612-SHEN-22-11280718-DE in the subject line.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. You will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
  • You may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Government housing is NOT available.
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
  • You may occasionally be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
  • Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-11/27/2021.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.

To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: conducting fisheries, animal or plant inventory and monitoring work, and that demonstrates knowledge of fisheries, animal or plant inventory and monitoring techniques and included performing duties such as conducting environmental monitoring and management activities related to fishery and/or wildlife by making field observations, conducting surveys, and recording and entering data into databases (such as Microsoft Access and ESRI ArcMap, or comparable software). You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least 4 years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited institution, with major study or 24 semester hours in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must be in fisheries study, such as ichthyology, aquatic ecology, aquatic entomology, biology, ecology, environmental science or natural resource management. You must include transcripts.
COMBINATION: Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. (Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study {30 semester hours} beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.) For example, to combine education and experience, 6 months of specialized experience as described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution as described above (50% of the education requirement). Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.

To qualify for this position at the GS-06 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience MUST HAVE BEEN in the Biological Technician field in the specialization of fisheries and included activities such as: assisting with project management of resource management projects; assisting in the development of resource management project reports, including literature research, descriptions of methods, summary of results; entering and modifying biological data in a computer database; performing a variety of behavioral or measured data collection activities such as monitoring and managing tasks related to breeding species, etc.; or utilizing various techniques to gather biological samples. You must include hours per week worked.

Volunteer 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.


There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-06 grade level of this announcement.

CTAP/ICTAP: Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all competencies. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(2) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible. If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). ?

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Temporary seasonal employees can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of Temporary NTE less than 1040 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b][7]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS).

If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months and have already worked the maximum temporary appointment less than 1040 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1040 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility.

The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1040 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1040 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM.

Employment may be terminated at any time due to fluctuations in funding levels, project needs, employee performance, or other considerations.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items such as packs and equipment must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

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