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Interdisciplinary Fish Biologist/Natural Resource Specialist

Department of Commerce
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Arcata, California
Long Beach, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Cruz, California
Job Description:
  • Promote the conservation of marine resources and protected species and their habitat by analyzing fishery policies, issues, and regulation, ensuring adherence to Federal statutes such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental laws.
  • Use a general understanding of regulatory laws, fish, marine mammal and/or other protected species biology, and aquatic habitat requirements to perform various technical consultations and issue permits with federal agencies.
  • Collaborate with external Federal, State, and local agencies and tribes in the management and/or recovery of identified NOAA trust species, and develop partnerships to promote protected species conservation programs.
  • Follow all applicable federal guidelines with regard to electronic records and consultation tracking systems, and regularly consult with NOAA general counsel, experts in the field, and NMFS science centers to produce documents and processes that are scientifically sound and legally defensible.
  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  3. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  4. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  5. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  6. This position is not in the bargaining unit.This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

    To qualify for the 0482 series:
    A. Degree: major 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.)

$69,107 - $133,236 per year
How to Apply:

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