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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
New York
Location Detail:
Fort Drum
Job Description:

Incumbent is responsible for organizing, planning, conducting, and implementing direct control operations to reduce wildlife damage within a geographical area or technical/subject area of program involvement. Inspects and surveys areas and, as necessary, will prepare or revise existing programs. Assigned areas may be ranches, farms, and urban/rural communities within the county, geographic areas, or sites which are covered by agreements relating to the conduct of approved management methods. Must be highly skilled in the use of various available control devices (including firearms) in accordance with laws, policies, regulations and written/verbal instructions. Conducts integrated program of wildlife damage management activities where there is a demonstrated need consistent with the planned use of any given area and to the extent necessary to prevent or reduce economic loss to property, agriculture or to protect human health and safety. Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations. Incumbent works in close cooperation with Federal, State and other government agencies and organizations and assures to the extent possible that control methods are efficient, selective and based on sound biological and ecological principles. Awareness of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and ability to promote compliance for program operations and services within NEPA parameters. Prepares and submits routine and special reports as necessary for NEPA. Ability to interpret and apply all provisions of pertinent NEPA documents within area of assignment. Instructs employees and private individuals with the most current wildlife damage management techniques. Instructs in the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, firearms, supplies and equipment. This includes the preliminary instructions and training of new personnel on the use of damage management equipment, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program. Assists in the negotiation of cooperative agreements with landowners, lessees or administrators to accomplish the goals outlined for the WS program. May participate in aerial operations as a crewmember or ground crew member. Enters data into MIS systems and uses data to prepare and submit routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected. Recommends, through supervisor, areas for potential research or developmental study. May assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices or methods. Supports Wildlife Services safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols. Identifies safety-related opportunities and challenges to the supervisor. Obtains and maintains pesticide applicator licenses, permits, or other authorizations, and may be required to assist with pesticide use/certification training in cooperation with State agencies and land grant universities.


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



These positions are in the Excepted Service, and will be a GS-0404-5/6/7 13-month term appointment with possibility of renewal. No housing will be provided. Relocation will NOT be offered for this position. The work schedule for this position will be full-time at 40 hours per week or 80 hours per pay period. This appointment can be extended after the 13 month term if funding is available. This position will accrue sick and annual leave. Also, benefits, such as health and

$33,394 - $53,773
How to Apply:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Resume (include dates of employment and hours worked per week) Transcripts 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. NOTE: False statements on any part of the applications or accompanying forms or sheets may be cause for disqualification or later removal from the position. Interested individuals may contact Wildlife Services for more information at:

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 5:00PM on the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the address listed here:

CONTACT OFFICE: Justin Gansowski District Supervisor USDA APHIS Wildlife Services - New York 315-915-3200

If you are currently a Federal employee, include a copy of the most recent performance appraisal or a statement on the application that the rating is at least Fully Successful and the date of the rating. Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered.