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Biological Technician - Wildlife

Deadline:
Employer:
USDA
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Georgia
Location Detail:
Athens
Job Description:

DUTIES:
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.

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-6 Grade Level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level that
demonstrates:
• Experience dealing with human-wildlife conflicts and the principles of wildlife
damage management.
• Skilled use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs,
pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools.
• Experience communicating effectively with landowners and public property
administrators regarding wildlife conflicts.
OR
Education Substitution at the GS-6 Level:
Graduate education that included at least 18 semester hours with an emphasis in Wildlife.
OR
Combination of Education & Experience at the GS-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.
For the GS-7 Grade Level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level that
demonstrates:
• Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect
wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines
• Using computers for GIS and database applications
• Experience instructing others in wildlife damage management techniques
• Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools
and apply them to specific situations.
OR
Education Substitution at the GS-7 Level:
Graduate education that included at least 18 semester hours with an emphasis in Wildlife.
OR
Combination of Education & Experience at the GS-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.

Miscellaneous:

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
• Must obtain or have a valid GA driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased
vehicles is required.
• As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position.
• Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
• Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor
vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.
• In order to perform the essential duties of this position, you must have the legal and physical
ability to possess and discharge firearms. You must be able to pass a government background
check and meet any additional requirements to carry and use firearms. A background check
will include answering questions about where you’ve lived, worked, went to school, and any
military history or police records. Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a
successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check).

Emergency Response – APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency
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 state 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.
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NOTE: APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITION WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON A NEGATIVE DRUG TEST RESULT. INCUMBENTS OF THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON AN ONGOING BASIS AFTER APPOINTMENT, AS DIRECTED.

Carrying a firearm is a condition of employment – In the passing of the Lautenberg Amendment, Congress passed legislation which prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm or ammunition. If selected you will be required to sign the form, “Inquiry for Positions Requiring Possession of Firearms,” certifying that you meet this criteria.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy-
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
• An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
• An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
• An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Relocation costs will not be paid for this position.
More than one position may be selected from this announcement.

Salary:
$39,796 - $57,492 per year with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service (Not to exceed 13 months; may be extended up to 4 years)
How to Apply:

Additional materials not listed below (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. Applicants who do not submit the required items listed below 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 address listed here:

CONTACT OFFICE:
Odin Stephens, State Director
200 Phoenix Road
Athens, GA 30605
706-546-5637
Odin.L.Stephens@usda.gov

 

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 (include days/months/years worked, work schedule, and grade level if federal)
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.