The incumbent of this position serves as a staff Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
The incumbent performs assignments involving NEPA implementation, program delivery, management and administration with minimal supervision.
The work is primarily concerned with NEPA compliance, and wildlife damage management (WDM) operations relating to assessment, reduction, and/or elimination of problems associated with birds, mammals, and other types of wildlife in urban, suburban and rural environments.
The WS Program provides federal leadership in addressing wildlife damage problems to protect agriculture, property, natural resources and human health and safety.
Administrative, operational, management and information sharing activities are conducted.Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months.
Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without re-announcing.
For more details click: Term AppointmentsAPHIS is an emergency response agency.
This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.
For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: A. Degree: biological science that included: At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, applicants must also meet the following:FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates: Experience in communicating orally and in writing to coordinate and promote program activities with interested and/or affected groups and organizations and to prepare educational and publicity materials and required program reports.
Experience in working with NEPA requirements and the required documentation and procedures associated with the Act, especially as they apply to Categorical Exclusions.
Experience in preparing reports, long-range plans, budgets, and other documentation of program activities.
Experience in working with federal, state, and local laws, regulations and procedures affecting wildlife damage management service delivery, including but not limited to permits, explosives, removal, or pesticides.
Experience planning, implementing and overseeing projects associated with feral swine elimination.
OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology or masters or equivalent graduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience in dealing with controversial topics that pertain to wildlife damage management programs, policies, and work.
Experience in identifying anomalies, drawing conclusions, and developing appropriate courses of action to direct or manage work flow and personnel in a district.
Experience in utilizing maps, GIS, and other computer programs to establish, implement, and document wildlife damage management activities.
Experience utilizing and working with research scientists to determine wildlife populations on large landscapes.
OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.TRANSCRIPTS are required: This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9/11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements.
The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.
To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions 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.
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.