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Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 5:22 AM

* Duties
## Duties
### Summary
Are you a professional Toxicologist, Fish Biologist, or Biologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? Do you have an interest in designing or implementing studies to address aquatic resources in ecological environments? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking research? If you answered \"yes\" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!
**Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?**
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
**What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?**
This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcement: DEN-2018-0071.
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### Responsibilities
**As a****Supervisory Research Toxicologist/Fish Biologist/Biologist within the Columbia Environment Research Center****, some of your specific duties will include:**
* Conduct research to understand the mechanisms of actions of chemicals on the developing embryos of fish and wildlife.
* Lead research teams on a permanent and continuing basis, and provides scientific guidance and oversight.
* Develop analytical techniques to quantify exposure and estimate toxicity in both laboratory and field studies.
* Provide technical assistance to DOI agencies and other Federal, State, and private interests as appropriate.
**Physical Demands**
The work is primarily sedentary. Requires some walking, standing, carrying, and working in labs. The work requires some physical exertion, including working in water, working in remote areas, walking over wet, muddy, or uneven surfaces, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities. The work requires average agility and dexterity.
**Work Environment**
Work requires both indoor and outdoor activities, but is primarily indoors in a normal office and laboratory setting. The laboratory has adequate cooling, heating, and lighting. The work involves regular and recurring handling of irritant and/or toxic chemicals. Special safety coat, safety glasses, gloves, safety shoes, or additional safety equipment as required. The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which entrusted.
### Travel Required
25% or less - Overnight travel of 3-7 nights per month may be required.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to
Current or former Federal employees with permanent competitive status; **OR**individuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3 yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info:VetGuide.
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
* #### Job family (Series)
0415 Toxicology
0482 Fish Biology
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
#### Similar jobs
* Biologists, Marine
* Biologists, Wildlife
* Marine Biologists
* Toxicologists
* Wildlife Biologists
* Requirements
## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
* Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
* Selectee may be subject to serving a 1-year probationary period.
* Selectee may be subject to serving a 1-year supervisory probationary period
* Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
* More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
**Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?**
* Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
* If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
* This position requires completion of a medical examination at Federal expense.
* This position requires completion of a one-year supervisory probationary period, if one has not been previously completed.
* A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
* Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
* If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
### Qualifications
**GS-0401 - Biologist**
Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Biologist, all grade levels.
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. *OR* B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in \"A\" above.
**GS-0415 - Toxicologist**
Degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.
**GS-0482 - Fish Biologist**
Degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included:
* At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and
* At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and
* At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
**In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of appropriate professional experience that is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service.**
**For GS-15:**
Examples of such specialized experience could include field work and laboratory research integrating field observations of environmental toxicology with laboratory-based research on fish or wildlife toxicology to solve research and applied problems involving (1) the mechanism(s) of action of chemicals on the developing embryos of fish and wildlife; (2) development of tools to assess exposure of fish and wildlife to the complex mixtures of chemicals found in the environment; (3) integration of field and laboratory studies in an effort to develop predictive models for understanding the reproductive effects of environmental contaminants; (4) understanding the impacts of contaminants relative to other stressors on a populations; and (5) interpretation of the results from the above research in the context of natural resource management. Working within broad areas of research on conceptual aspects within the field of study; independent research on exceptionally difficult problems in scope and complexity; typically works as a project leader or primary investigator; independently defines specific problems and methods required; problems are difficult to define and require sophisticated research techniques; and demonstrated ability to make significant modifications to existing theory and methodology. Research has demonstrated ability as a mature, competent productive worker, leader of a productive research team and leader in the conception and formulation of productive research; has authored a number of scientific publications to influence the field markedly; contributions include senior author of scientific research publications in a peer-reviewed research journal which are recognized as significant through acknowledgement and reference by others in the field; and presentation at national and international meetings of professional societies.
**You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.**
### Education
* 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.
* Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
### Additional information
* Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
* Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
* USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
* The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
* DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
**Basis of Rating:** If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given **5** calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You may be rated and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:
1. Ability to conduct research on the sub-lethal effects of contaminants on aquatic and terrestrial organisms.
2. Ability to interpret data on biological indicators of toxicity from the laboratory or field toxicity studies, as it relates to fish and wildlife population-level effects.
3. Knowledge of approaches used to conduct Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) and Natural Resource Damage and Restoration (NRDAR).
4. Ability to obtain funding for conducting research projects in the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry and establish interagency agreements.
5. Skill in publishing reports or scientific journal articles in the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry.
6. Ability to supervise a research group with the duties of developing work plans for staff, writing proposals, managing budgets, and supervising employees.
**NOTE:** If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Not Applicable
* Required Documents
## Required Documents
* This position requires specific educational course work to qualify. You are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see \"Required Documents\" and/or \"Contact Information\"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.
If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility,? you must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 \"Notification of Personnel Action\" documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step? by the closing date of this announcement or you will not receive consideration.
* If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see \"Contact Information\"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.
* If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement. For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:
* Required documents may be: 1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see \"Contact Information\") 2) uploaded directly from your desktop 3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see \"Contact Information\")
* Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
* Benefits
## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
* USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
* For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:
* Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
* Relocation or recruitment incentives may be authorized.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
* How to Apply
## How to Apply
* Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
* Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1) Click the blue \"Apply Online\" button. 2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4) Check the \"Certification\" box and click the \"Apply for this position now!\" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.
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### Agency contact information
### Elissa Gregory
##### Phone
##### Fax
##### Email
##### Address
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
P.O. Box 25046, MS-612
Lakewood, Colorado
United States
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### Next steps
* If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to \"My Account\" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.
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* Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 01/02/2018 to 02/13/2018
*Salary:* $121,280 to $157,663 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 15
*Work schedule:* Full-Time - Permanent
*Appointment type:* Permanent - Full-Time
Associated topics: biochemistry, bioinformatic, bioprocessing, enzyme, metabolic, neuro, neurodegenerative, neuroscience, parenteral, therapeutic


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