Wildlife Biologist

Department Of Agriculture Goleta , CA 93117

Posted 2 months ago

  • Duties




This position is located on the Los Padres National Forest, Supervisor's Office in Goleta, CA. Duty station may change to Solvang, CA in June 2020.

The Assistant Forest Wildlife Biologist provides professional wildlife expertise in the protection/ management/improvement of wildlife within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kevin Elliott at 805-961-5733 or



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  • The responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.

  • Provide leadership in inventories and evaluation of habitat conditions and needs for upland game, small game, waterfowl, fur-bearers, and non-game species.

  • Correlate wildlife management in studies and surveys with other resource uses such as timber, recreation, and minerals management

  • Recommend wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement or improvement projects.

  • Provide the analysis needed to assess the effects of management activities on fish, wildlife and plant resources.

  • Prepare or review biological evaluations for threatened, endangered or sensitive species.

  • Monitor wildlife program activities, such as a monitoring program for selected wildlife species, to measure response to management activities.

  • Prepare environmental analysis reports affecting wildlife resources.

  • Gather information used in environmental assessment and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources.

  • Participate in the formulation of alternatives and recommendations on wildlife habitat protection.

  • Provide wildlife biological perspective when participating on interdisciplinary teams who evaluate the impact of resource activities on the land.

  • Provide functional assistance to other unit personnel to meet program objectives and opportunities for cooperative work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend training, meetings, and perform project work.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0486 Wildlife Biology

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or 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.

  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

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


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.

Basic Requirement:


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.


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 meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-09 grade level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Federal grade level; OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related; 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. Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in wildlife biology and performing common qualitative and quantitative analyses of wildlife resources; Conducted surveys and drafting tentative professional opinions to assist in determining wildlife resource needs and remedies; Assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific assignments in the wildlife biology profession that included researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support wildlife project recommendations.

For the GS-11 grade level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 Federal grade level; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); 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.). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input in the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of wildlife resources with other resources; Analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of wildlife resource issues, e.g., interpreted the effect and impact of changes on wildlife habitat as a result of specific resource activities; Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data obtained from studies and field surveys.

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.

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.


See Qualifications section for Educational Requirements.

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Wildlife Biologist

Department Of Agriculture