Biological Science Technician – Wildlife, Arkansas

Agency
USDA Wildlife Services
Location
Ashley County, AR
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
GS-4 - $ 31,520 - 40,974 per year GS-5 - $ 35,265- 45,847 per year GS-6 - $ 39,311- 51,103 per year
Start Date
07/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
06/11/2021
Description
Responsible for organizing and conducting 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 revise existing WDM programs in close consultation with higher-level management. Uses WDM tools/devices which may include some or all of the following depending on need in assigned area: firearms; foothold, body-grip, cage traps; foot snares; neck snares; chemical control methods; pyrotechnics; noise cannons/exploders; drop nets; rocket/cannon nets; various other scaring devices. Assists Wildlife Biologists by correctly identifying current, and forecasting future damage, problems and relating them to the damage-causing species. Independently determines and selects the most effective means of control for individual situations. Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations. Assists in the negotiation of cooperative service agreements with landowners, lessees, or administrators to accomplish the goals outlined for the WS program. Enters data into established WDM database/system of record. Uses data to prepare and submit routine reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, and events. An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer Assists in conducting demonstrations and training for others, including other cooperators or other interested groups, on WDM methods, procedures, and program objectives. Complies with restrictions and mitigation measures established through consultation with relevant Federal and State agencies. Carries out duties in accordance with program decisions made in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) under guidance and oversight by supervisor. Performs other duties, as required.
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: For the GS-4 Grade Level: Applicants must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-03 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:  Ability to identify various species of animals.  Experience recognizing and accurately identifying damage caused by various wildlife species and selecting appropriate species-selective management actions.  Experience in application of the principles of wildlife ecology and management to support of a wildlife management program.  Experience keeping routine and basic records of daily activities and observations. OR Education Substitution at the GS-4 Grade Level: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be in wildlife. OR Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-4 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. For the GS-5 Grade Level: An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer 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:  Experience in application of wildlife damage management techniques and methods including foot-hold, body-grip, live traps and cable-restraints devices and other equipment used in wildlife damage management.  Experience working within local, state and national rules and regulations as they apply to wildlife policies and procedures.  Experience preparing reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected.  Experience in speaking to cooperators, organizations, and the public.  Using computers for reports, correspondence, and data management. OR 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. 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. For the GS-6 Grade Level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrates experience in:  Dealing with human-wildlife conflicts and principles of wildlife damage management.  The requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, and National Environment Policy Act.  Conducting wildlife damage assessments, counts and abundance surveys.  The use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools. An Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer  Creating/maintaining public contacts to formulate assistance strategies that incorporate technical assistance and operational control techniques. OR Successfully completed 1 year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in wildlife. OR Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-6 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. 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. 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 will 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 address listed here. Application materials sent by e-mail must be received by 4:00pm on closing date to be considered. Photographs of application materials are not allowed. Robert Byrd USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services 1020 Lantrip Road Sherwood, AR 72120 Email: robert.w.byrd@usda.gov Phone: (501) 835-2318
Contact Person
Robert Byrd
Contact Phone
501-835-2318
Contact eMail
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