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Fish Biologist/Hydrologist

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Hamilton
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




Positions are located in Region 1, Ecosystem Assessment & Planning Unit, one in either Missoula, MT or Hamilton, MT and one in either Bozeman, MT, Dillon, MT or Helena, MT. Duty location will be determined at time of selection.

This position is responsible for planning, administering, and providing professional expertise in fisheries and hydrology programs.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact at Katie VanAlstyne at

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  • Develops plans and provides input related to the protection and management of water resources and restoration.
  • Provide recommendations relating to stream and lake habitat management, including streamside and riparian area management and in-channel work.
  • Develops watershed, stream, and road related restoration priorities for out-year projects.
  • Inspects and evaluates completed watershed restoration and fish improvement projects to determine their effectiveness.
  • Conducts hydrologic analysis for cooperative watershed projects authorized under public law.
  • Consults with other resource specialists in assessing the impacts of proposed programs and projects on watershed values.
  • Independently conducts or directs surveys of the water resources of the Forest to develop long range plans for management's use in watershed management.
  • Leads hydrologic studies and investigations (collecting and interpreting water quality data and stream flow data).
  • Provides oversight and coordination with the Supervisor?s Office (SO) for ESA Section 7 consultation activities for fish.
  • Writes Biological Assessments (BA?s) for a variety of project types from wildfire fuels reduction to vegetation management projects.
  • Provides the professional input regarding fisheries and hydrology needed to implement the Forest Plan and other laws and regulations, such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, etc.
  • Promotes understanding and cooperation between Forest Service, other federal agencies, State agencies, non-profit organizations, and special interest groups with respect to the management of fisheries and other water resources.

Travel Required

25% or less - Overnight travel is required for training, meetings and site visits. Overnight camping may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0482 Fish Biology

1315 Hydrology

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series listed below.

Basic Requirement:

For the GS-0482 Fish Biologist:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included 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 at least 12 semester 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 course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in 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 shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the GS-1315 Hydrologist:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-11: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as most of the following: Implemented well-established hydrology / fisheries/ watershed projects; Provided input in the fish/aquatic or watershed management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of fisheries/aquatic resources with other resources; Analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of fisheries or water resources issues; Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of functional plans for specific areas of responsibility such as fisheries management, aquatic and riparian habitat, stream or lake management, hydrology, etc., that involved interpretation of data obtained and synthesis into conclusions; Participated as a member of interdisciplinary teams working on land management planning, emergency burn rehabilitation, or similar projects, and prepared specialist reports and/or Biological Assessments or Biological Evaluations to support project planning.

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.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


See above for education requirements.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Coeur d'Alene , Fish Biologist/Hydrologist, Other , Hamilton, Idaho

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