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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Deadline:
Employer:
USDA
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Illinois
Location Detail:
Orland Park
Job Description:

DUTIES: 

Duties will include organizing, planning, conducting, and implementing operational wildlife damage management operations in Northern Illinois. Specific duties will include managing damage caused avian and mammalian wild animals which threaten health and human safety and property, collecting data for several wildlife damage management research projects, conducting wildlife hazard assessments, as well as the preparation of reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations. 

Must be skilled in the use of various available control devices (including firearms). 

Collects biological specimens for wildlife disease surveillance and management purposes. 

This assignment involves working as part of a team of WS employees conducting wildlife damage management in northern Illinois most within the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. The employee will also work closely with cooperating entities while conducting damage management activities. 

Work shifts change daily and may include working afternoons, evenings, weekends and/or nights. 

Effective communication skills with other WS employees, partnering agencies/entities, and the public are required.

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: 

GS-404-5 LEVEL SPECIALIZED 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 

Education Substitution at the GS-5 Level: 

GS-5: A full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses, such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. 

At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been in wildlife. 

OR 

Combination of Education & Experience at the GS-05 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. 

GS-404-06 LEVEL - ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE GS-0404-5 LEVEL AND SPECIALIZED 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, National Environmental Policy Act, and Federal Air Regulations 

• Conducting wildlife counts and abundance surveys 

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

GS-404-07 LEVEL – ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE GS 0404-06 LEVEL AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IN: 

• Airport wildlife hazard management 

• Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools and apply them to specific situations 

• Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines 

• Using computers for word processing, spreadsheets, GIS and database applications • Assessing the abundance, behavior, and habitats of North American wildlife species 

Education Substitution at the GS-6/7 Level: 

Graduate education that included at least 18 semester hours with an emphasis in Wildlife. 

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. 

OR 

Combination of Education & Experience at the GS-5/6/7 Grade Level: 

Equivalent combinations of successful completed education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: (if applicable to your position) 

 Must obtain or have a valid Illinois’ driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. (if this applies) 

 As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position. 

 Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing. 

 Must have a knowledge of and be capable of using: 

o Working with the public and other cooperating agencies 

o Communication skills 

o Electronic equipment (GPS, Trimble, computer) 

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

 Must possess or be able to acquire an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) within 90 days of employment.

Salary:
$36,209 - $58,313 per year
How to Apply:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: 

- Resume 

- 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. 

- OF-306. The OF-306 form may be obtained from Contact Office or downloaded from http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp. 

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, OF-306 form, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the address listed here: 

CONTACT OFFICE: 

Craig Pullins, District Supervisor – Northern IL 

3430 Constitution Dr., Suite 121 

Springfield, IL 62711 

Craig.K.Pullins@aphis.usda.gov (preferred method)