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WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST GS-0486-07/09

Deadline:
Employer:
United States Department of Agriculture
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Michigan
Location Detail:
Munising
Job Description:

This position is responsible for managing the wildlife program on the west zone of the Hiawatha National Forest. The position provides expertise, leadership, coordination, planning, and implementation of the wildlife program. 

This position will be announced on the USA Jobs website. An announcement number will be added here when available. The opening and closing dates will also be added. 

About The Position 

This position includes but is not limited to the following key activities: 

* Provides technical advice and leadership for a wildlife management program. This includes gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine wildlife habitat requirements and management needs; assessing habitat quality and quantity, interpreting biological requirements for all wildlife species and their habitat; inventorying and monitoring habitat and in some cases populations; determining the need for and recommending wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement or improvement projects; and studying and recommending solutions to special coordination problems involving wildlife habitat protection. 

* Provides biological input into the wildlife habitat management program and assists in development of wildlife management plans. 

* Participates on interdisciplinary teams and prepares environmental analysis reports for wildlife resources. Develops biological evaluations for threatened, endangered and sensitive species. 

* Works cooperatively with State, Tribal, and Federal wildlife resource agencies. This includes gathering information for wildlife management plans, surveys of game and nongame occurrence, mapping key game for suitability, determination of annual browse utilization and/or amount of soil disturbance, joint recommendations for annual game harvest, and the need for wildlife habitat development or restoration. 

* Serves as project leader on wildlife habitat improvement projects and participates on interdisciplinary teams in all aspects of natural resource management, which may include program evaluation. 

* Participates in studies and plans for proposed resource management activities, and coordinates and/or implements approved resource management plans such as habitat restoration or enhancement projects. 

* Recommends, prepares, or reviews annual operating plans and budgets for wildlife habitat improvement and animal damage control projects in consideration of biological needs, project standards, and the needs of other resources. 

* Participates in wildlife monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings. Gathers information to be used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources. 

* Manages partnership programs for wildlife and rare plant. 

Duty Station 

Munising Ranger District is located at the junction of H-58 and M-28 in Munising. The District manages the portion of the Hiawatha National Forest that lies in Alger, Schoolcraft and Marquette counties including the Grand Island National Recreation Area. This office sits on the southern shore of Lake Superior. 

Hiawatha National Forest lies in the central and eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Approximately 1 million acres fall within the forest boundary. Hiawatha National Forest is divided geographically into two units. Munising Ranger District and Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District comprise the Forest’s West Unit with shoreline on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The Forest’s East Unit includes the St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie Ranger Districts, with shoreline on Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron. 

MISSION: Hiawatha National Forest sustains the health, diversity and productivity of the Forest’s resources to meet the needs of present and future generations through conservation. We will accomplish this mission through: 

* Integration - We achieve Forest goals through interdisciplinary planning and implementation of projects, emphasizing teamwork. 

* Innovation - We achieve Forest efficiency and effectiveness working with partnerships, stewardship contracting, volunteers, and better systems approaches. 

* Safety - Our core values include safety and wellness, which guide our daily operations. 

* Diversity - We strive to develop a versatile workforce to serve our diverse public. 

VISION: Your Great Lakes National Forest inspires unforgettable experiences and sustaining ecosystems and livelihoods through collaborative, science-based land management. 

The Forest’s SIGNIFICANCE includes: 

* The Forest’s ASQ is 109mmbf, as determined in its 2006 LMP. In recent years our cut has been about 45MMBF. 

* The Forest’s uniqueness stems largely from its proximity to three Great Lakes. The Great Lakes affect its weather, recreation opportunities, scenery, historic sites, hydrology and ecosystem diversity. The Forest’s recreation niche, “Your Great Lakes National Forest” captures some of this uniqueness by focusing on the Forest’s “Great Lakeshores” (Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron), “Great Lighthouses” (Point Iroquois, North Light, East Channel Light, Christmas Range Light, Peninsula Point and Round Island Lighthouse); “Great Islands” (Grand Island, Round Island, and St. Vitals Island); and “Great Snow” (referring to the hundreds of inches of snow that fall each winter 

* Clear Lake Education Center, a former CCC camp turned award-winning environmental education center offering day and residential learning experiences focused on natural resources. High and low ropes courses are also offered. The center is cooperated through partnership with Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District and Marquette Alger Regional Education Service Agency. An interagency team has committed to transitioning the center to an interagency format, initially including USFS and NPS. 

* Six lighthouses located on NF land, including Grand Island North Light, East Channel Light, Christmas Range Lights, Peninsula Point Light, Round Island Light, and Point Iroquois Light Station. 

* Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway, which offers a premier view of Lake Superior including historic interpretation of Point Iroquois Light Station. 

* Natural History Associations – Two associations actively fund the Forest’s interpretive and conservation education efforts. Hiawatha Interpretive Association serves Munising and Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts. Eastern National Forest Interpretive Association serves St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie Ranger Districts. 

* Munising sees over 60,000 visitors each year, with most visitation concentrated in July and August. The Munising District offers interpretive and educational programs concentrated in the summer months utilizing interns and seasonal employees. 

* Grand Island Youth Archaeology Workshops, held each summer on Grand Island NRA since 1999 and coordinated by Munising Ranger District. These workshops offer hands-on experiences with real archaeology. In recent years, Illinois State University’s Grand Island Archaeology Field School has assisted in presenting the workshop. 

Community Information 

Munising (population 2,355): Located on the shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by protective hillsides and picturesque Munising Bay, Munising is a scenic treasure-trove. The Munising area boasts the gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Hiawatha National Forest, Grand Island Recreation Area, numerous waterfalls, and a host of other natural wonders, all in close proximity. 

• Houses for sale fluctuate based on the local market. A wide variety of homes are for sale anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 and up. Median housing cost is $90,000. Some rental properties may be available starting at $500 per month and up. 

• The cost of living is 15% lower in Munising than the National Average. 

• The largest city in Alger County, Munising is the county seat. It supports several community service organizations, civic organizations and an active local government. New businesses are welcomed and supported by a strong network of business professionals. 

• The name Munising is derived from the Ojibway language. 'Munissi' means island. 'Munising' means near the island. Grand Island is located one half mile north in Munising Bay. 

• Recognized as one of the Top 100 Communities for Youth, Alger County truly is a great place to raise a family. Our connectivity to the outdoors, along with a strong sense of community make Alger County an excellent place to call home. 

Surrounding Area Marquette (population 19,700) is the Upper Peninsula’s largest city. Located on Lake Superior about 65 miles north of Escanaba, it is a handy location in which to find additional options including medical services, shopping, art, culture, entertainment, restaurants and more. Marquette is home to Northern Michigan University and Marquette General Hospital, numerous clinics, several malls and large chain stores, a food coop, theaters, and a YMCA 

 

Escanaba (population 18,500) is located on Bay de Noc, adjacent to Gladstone. Commuters and shoppers travel between the two communities. Escanaba offers schools, parks, trails, recreation, a summer concert series, a harbor, Health care/hospital and other amenities. 

Websites For more Information about Munising and the surrounding area, visit the following the websites: * Explore Munising webpage * Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore webpage * Munising Visitors Bureau Website * City of Munising website * Alger County Chamber of Commerce website

Miscellaneous:

Please Note: 

FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEES ON THE WORKFORCE REDUCTION PLACEMENT SYSTEM LIST WILL RECEIVE PRIORITY CONSIDERATION AND CTAP/ICTAP CANDIDATES WILL RECEIVE THE APPROPRIATE CONSIDERATION. 

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How to Apply:

For more information about this opportunity, feel free to contact Lucas Langstaff, 906-387-2512 ext 1026.

This is a permanent appointment with a full-time tour of duty. The position is located at the Hiawatha National Forest District office in Munising, Michigan. To respond to the Outreach, visit the Forest Service Outreach Database, search for this position, and submit the online response.