Biological Science Technician (Laboratory)


Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Open & closing dates

     2017-07-31 to 2017-08-11

  • Salary

    $34,811 to $45,259 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 05

  • Series

    0404 Biological Science Technician

  • Appointment type

    Temporary NTE One Year

  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Longview, WA1 vacancy

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.



Job Overview


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The Abernathy Fish Technology Center provides leadership in the scientifically based management of national fishery resources through development of new concepts and techniques to solve specific problems in aquatic restoration and recovery activities. This is the Pacific Region Fisheries Program’s sole applied research facility and one of only eight such USFWS facilities nationwide. The Applied Research Programs conduct cooperative studies developing, promoting, and supporting methodologies and technologies to generate data and information for use in the management of aquatic resources. This facility is located in Longview, Washington approximately 65 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon.

The incumbent in this position serves in support of biological programs responsible for conserving aquatic species; their habitats; conservation of at-risk species; and mitigation, restoration, and recovery of listed aquatic species. This may include work in an office or in a laboratory setting.


  • Uses a variety of laboratory equipment to perform standardized analyses and tasks for studies.
  • Collects biological samples ensuring correct documentation, reporting, storage, transport and delivery of samples taken.
  • Uses established automated databases to enter, organize, and perform preliminary analysis of collected data, using standard statistical methods in preparation of fish, wildlife, or botany reports.
  • Runs routine programs and checks resulting data for inconsistencies.
  • Compiles and summarizes data from surveys, biological evaluations, and tests.
  • Determines approach and then summarizes data using a variety of database software programs or other presentation approaches, ensuring records are detailed, precise and accurately transferred.
  • Assists in preparation of reports.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required for training, meetings, and field visits.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States CitizensQuestions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform


You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify, you must have met one of the following:

a. Possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level which is directly related to this position and demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work. Specialized experience includes conducting research and surveys of fish and wildlife; analyzing sampling data using statistical methods and monitoring habitats; and recording, compiling, and organizing biological data using automated databases. Your resume must clearly demonstrate this experience. OR
b. Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, that includes at least 6 semester hours of courses directly related to fishery subjects, such as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, aquaculture, etc. OR
c. Possess a combination of qualifying experience and education as described in A and B above, that equals at least 100% of the Basic Requirements. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Your resume must clearly demonstrate any qualifying experience.

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. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.


All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

Security Clearance

Q – Nonsensitive

Department of the Interior

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service


Bruce Penny
Phone: (503)231-2385

TDD: 503-231-6166


US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave