As an Animal Caretaker, you will perform a variety of fish culturist activities with a specific production cycle which includes the release of fish and a down period.
This is also being advertised concurrently under R8-20-10718189-SG-MP open to current/former federal employees and special hiring authorities. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As an Animal Caretaker (Fisheries), you will perform fish culture work which involves spawning, rearing, and/or growing Lahontan cutthroat trout at a fish hatchery, deciding what care is required or following special instructions, and performing various other duties in support of the program. You will be actively involved in the entire production cycle of the hatchery from egg care, after-hatching, raising and feeding of fry and juveniles, and fish stocking, and subsequent collection of new eggs to continue the cycle.
Major duties include:
Fork Lift Operation:
- Caring for broodstock fish, spawning, eggs, fry and feeding fish throughout the rearing cycle;
- Monitoring the appearance and behavior of fish for changes indicative of disease or environmental distress, and remedying or reporting the problem;
- Recording, computing and summarizing data on fish, such as size, weight, age, sex, mortalities and quantities and formula of food fed;
- Maintaining equipment and fish culture facilities, including cleaning tanks, raceway, and ponds.
- During spawning and incubation processes, measuring chemicals, monitoring water flows, monitoring adult fish behavior, culling dead fish and recording appropriate data, applying and monitoring anesthetic levels;
- Performing activities related to preservation and fertilization of eggs, including care, feeding and incubation; feeding fish, including monitoring and adjusting feed cycles.
- The "down" time provides for activities such as preparation of the retention ponds and egg incubation rooms, cleaning and repairing tanks and raceways, repair and preparation of bird netting, getting the spawning room up and running, etc.
This position may require you to operate electric, gasoline or diesel-powered forklift trucks with a rated lifting capacity of less than 10,000 pounds to a height up to 14 feet to load move transport and stack goods and materials contained on pallets, skids, crates or boxes.
The person selected will also perform assignments relative to general maintenance to buildings, grounds, facilities using simple hand tools and power equipment (including picking up trash, emptying trashcans, mowing grass, trimming shrubs, clearing small trees or brush, performing minor repairs on fences, washing or cleaning vehicles, etc.
This position requires regular and recurring heavy physical effort involving frequent lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying fish, supplies, and materials up to 50 pounds, and occasionally up to 80 pounds. The work involves standing in place or stooping for extended periods of time and frequent immersion of hands in cold water. Manual dexterity and quick reflexes are required for handling live fish. The work requires periods of sustained exertion, such as during spawning operations where the need to work rapidly in sorting, and handling fish is critical to keeping the mortality rate low.
Outdoor work is performed in varying weather conditions and temperatures with exposure to wet and slippery surfaces, strong and unpleasant odors, drafts, loud noise, dust, and dirt. Muscle strain, cuts, scrapes, and bruises are likely. Incumbent is subject to greater possibility of injury while handling large fish coming out from under the anesthetic at unforeseen moments. Work requires the incumbent to follow proper safety procedures, use standard safety equipment and wear protective clothing and gear such as coveralls, aprons, rubber clothing, gloves, goggles, ear protectors, safety shoes and glasses to avoid possible hazards and minimize the opportunity for injury or exposure to harmful chemicals or diseases.
Job family (Series)
5048 Animal Caretaking
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Work requires working evenings, weekends and holidays
Incumbent is required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned, to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable
Direct deposit of salary payments to a financial institution required
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.
Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.
To qualify for this position, you must be able to follow routine schedules and work methods to care for hatchery fish, such as catching and handling fish with nets or hands; providing regular/scheduled feed; recognizing obvious changes to fish appearance and activity; and keeping records of fish data such as size, weight, sex, and age. NOTE: Your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove you have experience performing these duties.
Human Resources is not permitted to "read between the lines," make assumptions about, or infer what duties you performed in your work history. To ensure that we can credit your experience, we recommend that you update your resume to specifically address the duties described above.
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.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
A PCS move is not authorized.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Ability to do the work of an Animal Caretaker (Fisheries) without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)
Technical practices (Skill in recognizing signs of illness, stress, common diseases, and general physical condition in order to take action accordingly, up to and including reporting observations to supervisor).
Use and maintain tools and equipment (Skill in operating specialized fish culture equipment such as gates, pumps, valves, filters and sterilizers, taking water samples and monitoring equipment, such as alarms and backup generators associated with a complex water delivery system critical to all fish life stages).
Use of measuring instruments (Knowledge of standard procedures, methods, terminology, tools, and equipment used for all phases of egg and fish care, including handling eggs and fish without injury sufficient to carry out the assignments independently).
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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