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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 by avian and mammalian wild animals which cause damage to livestock, poultry, crops, property, natural resources, human health, and/or human safety, collecting data for several wildlife damage management research projects, as well as the preparation of reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected.

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-0404-4 LEVEL SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IN: Applicant must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience to perform the work of the position. 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:

 Experience using damage control techniques (including, but not limited to) predator, rodent and bird control toxicants, techniques, traps, snares and formulating scents and baits;

 Prepare reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected;

 Train on the control methods, procedures, technical aspects, and objectives used for wildlife damage control;

 Inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize various wildlife;

 Meeting and communicating with individuals or groups; and

 Recognize habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of avian and mammalian wildlife species.

GS-0404-05 LEVEL – ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE GS-0404-5 LEVEL AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IN: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level 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:

   • Experience identifying North American wildlife species using field identification guides, expertise and related methods in support of wildlife damage management efforts. • Experience in the use of the principles of wildlife ecology and management.

   • Experience with the requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, and other wildlife laws and regulations.

   • Experience in managing human-wildlife conflicts and principles of wildlife damage management.

   • Experience communicating effectively with customers to resolve wildlife conflicts.

GS-0404-06 LEVEL – ALL REQUIREMENTS OF THE GS 0404-06 LEVEL AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IN: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

 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.

 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.

OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-4 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 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 be directly related to the position to be filled.

EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: 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, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, with at least 6 semester hours in wildlife.

EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-6 GRADE 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 AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-4/5/6 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

Miscellaneous:

Term Appointment with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service Appointment Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years)

Salary:
$32,365 – $52,475 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:

Aaron Spencer, Assistant District Supervisor – Northern IL

3430 Constitution Dr., Suite 121

Springfield, IL 62711

Aaron.D.Spencer@aphis.usda.gov (preferred method)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you should need the forms identified in above paragraph, feel free to contact (630) 252-9934 for a copy.