Fish Biologist.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Uvalde, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

As Fish Biologist at Uvalde National Fish Hatchery and support refugium, you will ensure the Edward Aquifer Authorities' compliance with Incidental Take Permit (ITP) and obligation within the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.

The incumbent will work under the guidance of higher-level biologists or the supervisor to assist in implementing, developing, evaluating, and managing the warmwater fish, aquatic invertebrates and plant production and distribution programs at a National Fish Hatchery. Various species of fish, aquatic plants and invertebrates, and other aquatic species are produced utilizing intensive as well as extensive culture methods. You will assist in implementing, developing, evaluating and managing warm-water fish, aquatic invertebrates and plant production and distribution at two locations.

  • Design, establish and coordinate invertebrate, fish, and salamander refugia activities using pond, indoor recirculating and flow-through facilities and develop new methodologies, technologies or equipment for research, propagation, and restoration projects including initiating, carrying out, and guiding projects to completion.
  • Direct the work of biologists, technicians, graduate students, etc. engaged in research and refugia projects.
  • Ensure proper and efficient use of facilities and resources (e.g., ensure that contractual obligations are met, manage lower graded employees, authorize purchases, oversee facility maintenance and repair, develop, and implement budgets, organize and maintain outreach materials and activities that relate to reimbursable agreement activities.
  • Communicate regularly with stakeholders including partners, Service personnel and other researchers to develop and maintain partnerships; propose, justify, or obtain funds needed to meet Service and reimbursable agreement goals of Uvalde NFH's refugia programs.
  • Present seminars at scientific meetings, to university faculty and students, conservation groups, and other interested groups and organizations.
  • Load fish distribution trucks, operate a variety of vehicles and equipment.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume (See "Required Documents"). Failure to provide ALL required information on your resume will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all information is provided on resume.
  • Eligibility and Supporting documents - You will ONLY be considered for the eligibilities that you select "yes" to AND submit the required supporting documentation, as listed in the Required Documents section.
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Driver’s License: Selectees may be required to possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during their tenure.
  • Uniform: Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform MAY be required.
  • Probationary Period: Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Supervisory Probationary Period: Selectees who have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
  • Individuals assigned male at birth after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service. To verify registration visit


Only experience and education obtained by 07/02/2024 will be considered.

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess BOTH the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualifications

Basic Requirement

  • A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences that included: at least 6 semester (9 quarter) 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 at least 12 semester (18 quarter) 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 courses in aquatic subject may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate). NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcript(s) to support your educational claims. -OR-
  • A combination of education and experience in courses equivalent to a major in biological science (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 paragraph A, above, plus appropriate experience or additional education equivalent to a course of study with a major in the appropriate field as described in A above. NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcript(s) to support your educational claims.

Minimum Qualification [GS-11]:

  • One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility equivalent to grade GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes applying scientific understanding of fish physiology and current research to propagate endangered or threatened fish or aquatic resources in a hatchery or refugia environment; managing fish hatchery systems (e.g., water delivery, circulation & reuse systems, effluent management systems, egg isolation facilities, automated water quality monitoring systems, etc.) to ensure effective fish culture and husbandry; performing administrative responsibilities at a hatchery such modifying processes based on analysis of fishery or aquatic data; tracking current project expenditures, analyzing project performance, preparing administrative documents on fish cultural activities, water use, Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements or similar topics. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient information in these areas to be found qualified. -OR-
  • Three years of progressively higher-level graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a major study related to fisheries/aquatics. NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcript(s) to support your educational claims. -OR-
  • A combination of education and experience as described in 1 and 2 above which together equals 100% of the requirement. NOTE: You must submit copies of your college transcript(s) to support your educational claims.

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

PCS INFORMATION: No PCS entitlements authorized.

Telework: This position is suitable for telework and may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

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:

Reasonable Accommodation: The USFWS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Please visit

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