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Research Wildlife Biologist

Department of the Interior
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Job Description:

As a Research Wildlife Biologist within the Alaska Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a principal investigator on conducting research related to marine mammals in the Arctic environment of Alaska, with a focus on walrus.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the research program, including identifying the most pertinent research relative to DOI program needs, formulating research plans, and sourcing large funding initiatives.
  • Conducts research in wildlife telemetry, analysis of animal movement, behavior, physiology, feeding ecology, habitat associations, benthic ecology and quantitative methods to summarize data.
  • Communicates scientific findings through publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations, and public meetings.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; and bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The work requires moderate physical ability and average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an office, laboratory, and/or in the field. The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  3. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  4. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  5. Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
  • Pre-Employment Medical - Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.



BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, GS-0486: Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Research Wildlife Biologist, all grade levels.

Research positions: Degree with major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences. This course work must have included:

  • At least 9 semester hours of training applicable to wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology; and
  • At least 12 semester hours in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics; and
  • At least 9 semester hours in the field of botany and related plant science; and
  • At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology.

For GS-12:

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following:

**Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: planning and executing research in marine mammal ecology in the Arctic, conducting quantitative analyses, and work closely with a wide variety of research partners.

**OR Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study.

**OR Possess a combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of graduate study and specialized experience, as described above.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 3 nights per month may be required for this position.

$86,657 to $112,659 per year

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.