Biological Science Technician (Wildlife): Grand Forks, North Dakota

USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Job Category
Full time Positions
GS-0404-5/6 $32,265-$51,103
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN DATE: January 29, 2021 CLOSING DATE: February 12, 2021 POSITION TITLE: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) TYPE OF POSITION: Term Appointment with possibility of benefits, Excepted Service Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years) WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time ANNOUNCEMENT #: SERIES/GRADE: GS-0404-5/6 FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL: GS-0404-6 LOCATION: Grand Forks, ND (Relocation expenses will not be paid) SALARY: $ 35,265 -$51,103 annually 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: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: • Resume (include hours per week and days/months/years worked) • 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 address listed here: CONTACT OFFICE: USDA-APHIS- Wildlife Services John Paulson State Director ND/SD Wildlife Services 2110 Miriam Circle, Suite A Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 355-3300 IMPORTANT NOTE: If you should need the forms identified in above paragraph, feel free to contact (701) 355-3300 for a copy. DUTIES: This position is located in the Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The WS Program provides federal leadership in addressing wildlife damage problems to protect agriculture, property, natural resources and human health and safety. Both operational management and information sharing activities are conducted. The incumbent also assists with other wildlife management projects as required within the district or state program. Furthermore, the incumbent will: • Provide operational and technical assistance while conducting wildlife damage management and assessment for the purpose of reducing human/wildlife conflicts. • Be required to be familiar with and know how to use various devices, chemicals, tools, and related equipment utilized in mammal and bird damage control operations, including the use of pyrotechnics, propane cannons, capture devices and firearms. • Modify and adapt established wildlife damage management methods as necessary. • Gather, compile, and evaluate data on damage caused by birds and mammals. • Keep accurate written records of their activities for the cooperator and Wildlife Services program using prescribed formats and procedures. • Prepare and submit routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, and other relevant events. • Demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment, including pyrotechnics and propane cannons. • Conduct much of his/her time working independently and/or cooperatively with fellow WS personnel when necessary. MINIMUM ELIGIBLITY REQUIREMENTS: To qualify, applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: • Using damage control techniques, including, but not limited to, bird harassment technics including pyrotechnics, firearms, capture devices and propane cannons. • Preparing reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected. • Meeting with producers, inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize wildlife damage, and determine the best methodology to alleviate damage. • Identifying various species of wildlife • Recognizing habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of wildlife species. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. 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, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled (Wildlife) For the GS-6 Grade Level: Applicants must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: • Dealing with human-wildlife conflicts and principles of wildlife damage management. • 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. • Public contacts to formulate assistance strategies that incorporate technical assistance and operational control techniques. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. OR: Successfully completed 1 year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in wildlife. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 and 6 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education including the required courses stated above and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: (if applicable to your position) • Must obtain or have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. (if this applies) • As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position. • Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing. • Must have a knowledge of and be capable of using: o Working with the public and other cooperating agencies o Communication skills o Electronic equipment (GPS, Trimble, computer) • 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. All candidates will be considered without regarding to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, or any 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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Wade Jones or John Paulson
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