The Kansas Wildlife Services program is recruiting a Biological Science Technician to conduct wildlife damage management in Wichita, Kansas.
The position is a GS 0404-5/6, 13-month term appointment.
Relocation costs will not be paid. The starting date is negotiable, but prefer the incumbent to begin employment in early September, 2017.
The work is primarily concerned with wildlife damage management operations relating to assessment, reduction, and/or elimination of problems associated with feral pigeons, European Starlings, 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. Both operational management and information sharing activities are conducted.
The assignment involves working closely with private stakeholders and state, county, and federal officials in developing and conducting wildlife damage management activities. Trapping and removing of feral pigeons and European starlings causing damage to grain, posing a human health and safety risk is an integral part of the program. Effective communication skills with stakeholders is required through presentations, meetings, and workshops.
The incumbent will be required to be familiar with and know how to use various devices, chemicals, tools, firearms and related equipment utilized in wildlife damage control operations. Prepare and submit routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected. Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment. The incumbent will be required to work in a variety of outdoor conditions as well as occasional office settings for routine administrative tasks.
Temperature, weather and noise extremes will be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work, which is often performed in urban areas. The bulk of the work will be conducted near grain elevators and grain processing facilities. Elevated walkways, stairs, and ladders will be a daily occurrence. There may be exposure to extremes of weather and temperature. The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner, so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property within which entrusted.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-404-5 GRADE LEVEL:
Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level (GS-4) in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
• Using damage control techniques, including, but not limited to, feral swine control techniques utilizing traps and snares and migratory bird damage management techniques, including but not limited to, pyrotechnics, scare devices, and other various techniques as required.
• Using specialty equipment such as firearms, ATV’s, watercraft, trucks, etc.
• Preparing reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected. Input operations data into established and custom databases, such as the Wildlife Services’ Management Information System.
• Training on the control methods, procedures, technical aspects, and objectives used for wildlife damage management.
• Inspecting and surveying areas with the ability to recognize various wildlife species.
• Meeting and communicating with individuals or groups.
• Obtaining necessary training and certificates in order to conduct assigned work.
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-404-5 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 biology, ecology, or management.
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
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all APHIS 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. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur – and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program
support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee’s current duty
station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty station location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum.
Candidates applying must meet the following criteria:
· Must be a U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age or older; males born after 12/31/1959 must show proof of registration with Selective Service System. (See website: http://www.sss.gov)
· Must hold a valid state driver’s license at time of hiring
· Must be able to legally possess and use firearms.
· Must meet the specialized experience or education described above.
· Must pass a drug test prior to employment and certify that they have never been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime (Lautenberg Amendment).
Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, politics, disability, age, or membership to non- membership in an employee organization.
How to Apply:
Interested individuals need to send;
· Resume (must include start and end dates, and average number of hours worked per week for each position listed),
· Official transcripts (copies are sufficient for initial interview, although selected candidates must provide original official transcripts),
· DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference, · OF-306 Application (See: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf please sign on line 17a as an applicant)
· Contact information for three references.
All application materials should be emailed to: Jason.M.Kloft@aphis.usda.gov by close of business; 5:00 PM CDT August 4, 2017.