Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) – 2 Positions – Florida

Agency
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services - Florida
Location
Florida - multiple locations
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$33,949 – $54,670 per year
Start Date
10/01/2019
Last Date to Apply
09/08/2019
Website
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage
Description
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN DATE: September 2nd, 2019 CLOSING DATE: September 8th, 2019 POSITION TITLE: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) – 2 Positions TYPE OF POSITION: Term Appointment with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service. Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years) WORK SCHEDULE: Fulltime – 40 hours per week SERIES/GRADE: GS-0404-5/6/7 FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL: GS-0404-07 NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2 LOCATIONS: Jacksonville, FL (Multiple Airports) Milton, FL (NAS-Whiting Field) (Relocation expenses will not be paid) SALARY: $33,949 – $54,670 per year WHO MAY APPLY: • Must be a U.S. Citizen • Must be 18 years old • If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required). Website: http://www.sss.gov. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Resume (include days/months/years worked, work schedule, and grade level if federal) Transcripts (if qualifying on education) DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. HOW TO APPLY: Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. Applicants who do not submit the required items listed above may not be considered. Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be RECEIVED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the contact office in each state where the position is located: CONTACT OFFICE FOR JACKSONVILLE, FL: Johnathan G. Walls Central Florida Assistant District Supervisor 2820 East University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32641 (904) 304-4679 johnathan.walls@usda.gov CONTACT OFFICE FOR MILTON, FL: Richard C. Hinnah North Florida District Supervisor 11152 NW SR 20 Bristol, FL 32321 (850) 643-1310 richard.c.hinnah@usda.gov DUTIES: Incumbent is responsible for organizing, planning, conducting, and implementing direct control operations to reduce wildlife damage within a geographical area or technical/subject area of program involvement. Inspects and surveys areas and, as necessary, will prepare or revise existing programs. Assigned areas may be ranches, farms, airports, and urban/rural communities within the county, geographic areas, or sites which are covered by agreements relating to the conduct of approved management methods. Must be highly skilled in the use of various available control devices (including firearms) in accordance with laws, policies, regulations and written/verbal instructions. Conducts integrated program of wildlife damage management activities where there is a demonstrated need consistent with the planned use of any given area and to the extent necessary to prevent or reduce economic loss to property, agriculture or to protect human health and safety. Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations. Incumbent may assist airports with reducing wildlife hazards to aircraft and protecting human health and safety. This may involve direct control activities on airport properties and/or surrounding lands. Incumbent works in close cooperation with Federal, State and other government agencies and organizations and assures to the extent possible that control methods are efficient, selective and based on sound biological and ecological principles. Awareness of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and ability to promote compliance for program operations and services within NEPA parameters. Prepares and submits routine and special reports as necessary for NEPA. Ability to interpret and apply all provisions of pertinent NEPA documents within area of assignment. Instructs employees and private individuals with the most current wildlife damage management techniques. Instructs in the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, firearms, supplies and equipment. This includes the preliminary instructions and training of new personnel on the use of damage management equipment, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program Assists in the negotiation of cooperative agreements with landowners, lessees or administrators to accomplish the goals outlined for the WS program. Enters data into MIS systems and uses data to prepare and submit routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected. Recommends, through supervisor, areas for potential research or developmental study. May assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices or methods. Supports Wildlife Services safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols. Identifies safety-related opportunities and challenges to the supervisor. Obtains and maintains pesticide applicator licenses, permits, or other authorizations, and may be required to assist with pesticide use/certification training in cooperation with State agencies and land grant universities.
Qualifications
MINIMUM ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS: To qualify, applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-4 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrate experience in: Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: • Identifying North American wildlife species. • The principles of wildlife ecology and management. • Conducting basic computer operations for record keeping, data analysis, report writing and correspondence. • Experience in wildlife damage mitigation methods and techniques. EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study, or at least 24 semester hours, in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, with at least 6 semester hours in wildlife management. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-6 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: • Experience with wildlife damage management techniques to carry out common technical duties such as: exclusion, trapping, non-lethal harassment, and lethal control. • Experience in the safe of use of a variety of firearms to remove damaging wildlife when necessary. • Experience in the identification of North American wildlife species, especially those that may become a threat to economic interests, public health, or human safety. • Experience with effectively communicating in both spoken and written formats to report program goals, needs, and accomplishments to internal stakeholders. • Experience maintaining working relationships with various parties, including businesses, land owners, state and other federal agencies. EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-6 GRADE LEVEL: GS-6: One year of graduate–level education with an emphasis in wildlife. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-6 GRADE LEVEL: Equivalent combinations of successful completed education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-6 level in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: • Experience in evaluating and resolving damages caused by wildlife. • Experience assisting civilian and/or military airports in reducing wildlife hazards to aircraft. • Experience with wildlife damage management techniques to carry out a full range of common technical duties such as: exclusion, trapping, snaring, non-lethal harassment, lethal control, pesticide application, and chemical immobilization. • Experience in the safe and effective use of a variety of firearms to remove damaging wildlife when necessary. • Experience in the identification of North American wildlife species and their behavior and habitats, especially those that may become a threat to economic interests, public health, or human safety. • Experience with effectively communicating in both spoken and written formats to report program goals, needs, and accomplishments to both internal and external stakeholders. • Experience maintaining contacts and developing new working relationships with various parties, including but not limited businesses, land owners, state and other federal agencies. EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL: GS-7: One year of graduate –level education with an emphasis in wildlife. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL: Equivalent combinations of successful completed education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: • Must have or obtain a valid Florida driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. • As a condition of employment, position is subject to random and applicant drug testing. • Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment. • In order to perform the essential duties of this position, you must have the legal and physical ability to possess and discharge firearms. You must be able to pass a government background check and meet any additional requirements to carry and use firearms. A background check will include answering questions about where you’ve lived, worked, went to school, and any military history or police records. Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check). Emergency Response – APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur – and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee’s current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty state location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum. Failure to follow application instructions regarding filing appropriate forms and answering questions may result in loss of employment considerations for this position. All applications must be signed, dated, and received by the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITION WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON A NEGATIVE DRUG TEST RESULT. INCUMBENTS OF THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON AN ONGOING BASIS AFTER APPOINTMENT, AS DIRECTED. Carrying a firearm is a condition of employment – In the passing of the Lautenberg Amendment, Congress passed legislation which prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm or ammunition. If selected you will be required to sign the form, “Inquiry for Positions Requiring Possession of Firearms,” certifying that you meet this criteria. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Reasonable Accommodation Policy- Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations: • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. Relocation costs will not be paid for this position.
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