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Wildlife Biologist

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Department Of Agriculture Mena , AR 71953

Posted 4 months ago

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Twelve positions are being filled by this vacancy announcement. See ADDITIONAL INFORMATION sections for specific information relevant to each duty location.

Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.

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Responsibilities

Duties listed are at the full performance level:

Provides guidance for the development of wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans. Reviews and recommends habitat management and improvement plans for technical soundness and adequacy in meeting overall wildlife management objectives.

Ensures plans are implemented. Inspects habitat improvement projects for compliance with approved plans and recommends habitat protection or improvements. Prepares project work plans and coordinates project work with other Unit personnel taking into consideration wildlife habitat requirements in relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range activities.

Responsible for developing the annual program of work for assigned area. Ensures other program objectives are considered with the wildlife program.

Plans and executes administrative studies and surveys to obtain information on the effects of forest management on wildlife populations, harvest, and movements. Correlates wildlife management with other resource uses such as timber, recreation, and minerals management. Plans, organizes and implements wildlife habitat management programs, with emphasis on maintaining and enhancing bio-diversity.

Coordinates wildlife management activities with other resources. Recognizes problems that may develop and recommends preventative or mitigative actions. Participates on interdisciplinary teams for evaluating the impact of Forest Service or non-Forest Service activities on National Forest lands.

Reviews Out-Service reports and requests information pertinent to the wildlife resource and prepares recommendations or reports. Reviews Environmental Assessments to determine the adequacy of coordination of wildlife needs. Provides the analysis needed to assess the effects of management activities on Fish, Wildlife and Plant Resources and documents this analysis in an Environmental Assessment.

Prepares or reviews biological evaluations for threatened, endangered or sensitive species.

Monitors wildlife program activities, such as a monitoring program for selected wildlife species to measure response to management activities, including annual surveys to determine the status of endangered, threatened, sensitive, and other wildlife species, and animal damage surveys.

Prepares reports with recommendations as required. Provides leadership in inventories and evaluation of habitat conditions and needs for upland game, small game, big game, waterfowl, fur-bearers, and non-game species. Conducts and monitors special studies on the habitat of unique, rare, threatened and endangered species.

Makes recommendations for habitat protections. Provides assistance in preparing and reviewing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources. Participates in the formulation and evaluation of alternatives and in the development of final recommendations.

Provides functional assistance to other unit personnel to determine current progress in meeting planned programs and objectives, effectiveness of training, and opportunities for cooperative work. Develops or provides input into the annual program of work determining budgeting and staffing needs. Develops and implements wildlife interpretative programs and other means to promote the Fish and Wildlife programs on the unit.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES (Less than 20% of the time):

Provides technical and administrative supervision to subordinate employees. Plans work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts short-term priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work.

Assigns work based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Evaluates work performance. Gives advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.

Hears and resolves minor complaints from employees. Refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager. Interviews candidates for employment; recommends or selects for temporary positions. Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed.

Provides leadership, allocates resources, and implements activities to accomplish Forest Service multicultural organization direction and Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights requirements, goals, policies, and objectives. Supports and participates in the Work Environment Continuous Improvement process.

Ensures all communication - written, oral, visual, and signed - is non-discriminatory and sensitive to all employees and publics. Creates a work environment which respects, appreciates, and accepts contributions and perspectives of all employees.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings, trainings, and/or conferences. Camping may be required to complete wildlife surveys for some locations.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential
11

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    0486 Wildlife Biology

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Successful completion of a one year probationary or trial period

  • You must be at least 18 years of age

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

See below for information specific to each location, including contact information for each supervisor if you have further questions:

Blairsden, CA

Supervisor: Matthew Jedra at (530)-836-7110 or mjedra@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-09/11

Glide, OR

Supervisor: Sherri Chambers at (541)-496-4142 or schambers@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Libby, MT

Supervisor: Nathan Gassmann at (406)-283-7598 or ngassmann@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-09/11

Manistee, MI

Supervisor: Jim Thompson at (231)-723-2211 or jathompson@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-09/11

Mena, AR

Supervisor: Timothy Oosterhous at (479)-394-2382 or toosterhous@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Orofino, ID

Supervisor: Andrew Skowlund at (208)-476-8223 or amskowlund@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-09/11

Oroville, CA

Supervisor: David Brillenz at (530)-532-7410 or davidbbrillenz@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-09/11

Prospect, OR

Supervisor: David Palmer at (541)-560-3406 or dmpalmer@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Sandpoint, ID

Supervisor: Jessie Berner at (541)-439-6201 or jberner@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Tonopah or Austin, NV

Duty location will be determined by the selecting official at the time of the job offer.

Supervisor: Lance Brown at (775)-964-2671 or lanbrown@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Umtilla, FL

Supervisor: Carrie Sekerak at (352)-669-3153 or csekerak@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Westfir, OR

Supervisor: Molly Juillerat at (541)-782-5350 or mjuillerat@fs.fed.us

Transfer of Station: Yes

Telework: Yes

Career Ladder: GS-11

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/wildlife-biology-series-0486/


Wildlife Biology Series, (0486) Basic

Requirements:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included at least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the requirements described above, the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade(s) specified.

For the GS-9 level:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level (see below for examples);

OR

A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a wildlife biological program of study;

OR

An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

GS-09: One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following:

  • Collected and assembled field data on wildlife habitats and vegetation for preparation of wildlife, habitat, range allotment, and other resource management activities;

  • Conducted inventories for game and nongame wildlife;

  • Investigated wildlife damage to habitat reforestation projects and conflicts between livestock and wildlife and recommended corrective action;

  • Recommended, prepared, or reviewed plans for wildlife habitat improvement and animal damage control projects.

For the GS-11 level:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level (see below for examples);

OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree; Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in a wildlife biological program of study;

OR

An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

GS-11: One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following:

  • Provided technical advice for the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine wildlife habitat requirements, inventorying and monitoring wildlife habitat, assessing habitat quality and quantity, interpreting biological requirements for wildlife species and their habitat;

  • Determined the need for and recommended wildlife habitat restoration, and recommended solutions to special coordination problems involving wildlife habitat protection;

  • Coordinated wildlife management projects such as timber, grazing, minerals, and recreation with other natural resource programs as a member of an in disciplinary team;

  • Prepared environmental analysis reports and biological evaluations concerning wildlife management issues.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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 meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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Wildlife Biologist

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Department Of Agriculture