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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) – Feral Swine (2 positions)

Deadline:
Employer:
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Wildlife Services

Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Full Time
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location:
Indiana
Location Detail:
Mitchell (Relocation expenses will not be paid)
Job Description:

The incumbent will perform duties relating to wildlife management and the use of control techniques aimed at controlling native and invasive wildlife damage to property, human safety, natural resources and agriculture.  The majority of work will be focused on managing conflicts associated with wild pigs (feral swine) in southcentral Indiana.

 

The incumbent is responsible for organizing, conducting, and implementing direct control operations within a large geographical area as assigned by supervisor to control damage caused by avian or mammalian species.

 

The incumbent inspects and surveys areas and, as necessary, will prepare or revise existing program. Assigned areas are farms, industrial sites and urban communities within area of responsibility which are covered by agreements relating to the conduct of approved control methods.

 

Incumbent maintains public contacts; providing technical assistance and formulating proper species selective wildlife damage management control strategies.  

 

Incumbent prepares and assists others in preparing and submitting routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data.

 

Incumbent meets with private landowners, lessees, citizen groups or associations which seek wildlife damage management and negotiates local cooperative agreements.

 

Incumbent serves as an expert instructor and conducts demonstrations and training for others, including other cooperators or interested groups, on damage control methods, procedures, and program objectives. This may include preliminary instructions and training of new personnel on WS equipment, devices, chemicals, firearms, etc., reporting procedures, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program.

 

The incumbent is responsible for reporting accomplishments, problems encountered, work locations, etc. to supervisor. They are entrusted with Government-owned control equipment for which an inventory must be maintained and reported, including locations, acquisitions, returns and losses.

 

The incumbent must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.

 

Incumbent participates in group meetings and discussion.  Represents the WS program at public outreach events.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS:

 

To qualify, applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

 

For the GS-5 Grade Level:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-4 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrate experience in:

Identifying North American wildlife species.

 

The principles of wildlife ecology and management.

 

Conducting basic computer operations for record keeping, data analysis, report writing and correspondence.

 

Experience in wildlife damage mitigation methods and techniques.

 

OR

Successful completion of 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, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, with at least 6 semester hours in wildlife management.

 

OR

Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-5 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.

 

 

For the GS-6 Grade Level:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrates experience in:

 

Dealing with human-wildlife conflicts and principles of wildlife damage management.

 

The requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, and National Environment Policy Act.

 

Conducting wildlife damage assessments, counts and abundance surveys.

 

The use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools.

 

Public contacts to formulate assistance strategies that incorporate technical assistance and operational control techniques.

 

OR

Successfully completed 1 year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in wildlife.

 

OR

Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-6 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.

Miscellaneous:

 

TYPE OF POSITION:         Term Appointment with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service

                                                            Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years)

 

WORK SCHEDULE:           Full-Time      

 

SERIES/GRADE:                 GS-0404-5/6

 

FULL PERFORMANCE

LEVEL:                                   GS-0404-6

 

 

For additional information about this position please contact:

 

                        USDA APHIS WS-Indiana State Office

                        (765) 494-6229

                        Lee.A.Humberg@aphis.usda.gov

Salary:
$33,394 - $48,385 per
How to Apply:

WHO MAY APPLY:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 18 years old
  • If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required).  Website: http://www.sss.gov.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume – please list start and end dates with number of hours worked per week for each position
  • Transcripts (if qualifying on education)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference.
  • Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

 

HOW TO APPLY:  Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered.  Applicants who do not submit the required items listed above may not be considered.  Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be RECEIVED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement.

 

Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the email or physical address listed:

 

CONTACT OFFICE:              Lee Humberg, State Director

USDA APHIS WS-Indiana

901 W. State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Lee.A.Humberg@aphis.usda.gov