Lead Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Department Of Agriculture Missoula , MT 59801

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

This position is located within a National Forest. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of wildlife habitat on the unit.

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Responsibilities

  • Independently plans and conducts a variety of field studies of sensitive wildlife species to determine numbers, environmental conditions, and?the condition of the species and

  • its habitat, and factor affecting the health and welfare of the species and its habitat.

  • Data elements collected include, but are not limited to such things as habitat conditions, age of habitat,?location of species, nesting status, and the condition of the species being studied.

  • Evaluate data and make recommendations for improvement of habitat or species. Data is collected in field locations, away from the unit.

  • Develops work plans to collect required data, determines recording requirements, and factors to use for complete habitat and species condition analyses.

  • Participates with biologists in planning work and will contribute productive ideas on uses of materials and methods.

  • Improves, adapts and develops techniques, procedures, and equipment based on detailed practical knowledge and broad experience.

  • Changes study procedures and data collection in accordance with conditions found in order to provide clear,?concise recommendations, which will improve habitat and condition of the species.

  • Provides detailed reports on work methods, data collected and project evaluation. Determines need and recommends equipment requirements for project at hand and assures equipment is operational and available when needed.

  • Uses personal computer systems and associated software for recording, storing and analyzing data.

  • Note: Normal color and stereovision is essential for accurate recognition of discolored, injured vegetation.

  • Leader Responsibilities

  • Leads a team of employees performing work up to the GS-06 level. Responsible for identifying, distributing, and balancing the workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and skill level.

  • Establishes priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work. Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and provides on the job training to new employees.

  • Answers questions on procedures, policies, and directives and obtains needed information or decisions from supervisor on problems that occur. Checks on work in progress. Approves leave for a few hours or for emergencies.

  • Resolves simple, informal complaints of employees and refers others to the supervisor. Reports to the supervisor on performance, progress, and training needs.

Travel Required

75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

0404 Biological Science Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-Verify

  • Normal color and stereovision is essential for accurate recognition of discolored, injured vegetation.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

Examples of specialized experience include: Inspecting wildlife habitat and/or nesting sites and collecting field data on wildlife habitat and vegetation, species condition, location, and status for the preparation of maps and habitat management and improvement plans. Compiling and summarizing biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation type, wildlife and livestock use, and to identify and evaluate habitat management.

Selective Placement Factors

  • Able to distinguish normal color and stereovision.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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