Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) GS-5/6/7-New York

Queens, NY
Job Category
Full time Positions
SALARY RANGE: $37,457 - $60,322
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POSITION TITLE, SERIES, GRADE: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-404-5/6/7 SALARY RANGE: $37,457 - $60,322 LOCATION OF POSITION(S): Jamaica (Queens), New York City, NY – 2 Positions CLOSING DATE: February 20, 2018 These positions are in the Excepted Service, and will be a GS-0404-5/6/7 13-month term appointment with possibility of renewal. NO HOUSING WILL BE PROVIDED. Relocation will NOT be offered for these positions. The work schedule for this position will be full-time at 40 hours per week or 80 hours per pay period. The position will begin no earlier than March 1, 2018 and will expire 13 months from the start date. This appointment can be extended after the 13 month term if funding is available. This position will accrue sick and annual leave. Also, benefits, such as health and life insurance will be offered for this position. These positions are located with the Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture working within the New York City and Long Island District and associated with John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. The assignment involves the performance of duties relating to wildlife management and use of control techniques aimed at controlling wildlife damage, when it conflicts with man’s economic interest, health or safety. The work is primarily concerned with WS operations relating to the cessation, alleviation or mitigation of problems created by breeding migratory birds and other animals in urban, suburban, rural, or airport environments. DUTIES: The incumbent provides technical assistance and conducts wildlife damage management activities in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to prevent or reduce economic loss to property and agriculture or to protect human health and safety. Management techniques and/or tools include the use of pesticides, pyrotechnics, firearms, binary explosives, aversive agents, auditory devices, exclusion, and cultural methods. IPM strategies will include non-lethal and lethal techniques. Incumbent monitors wildlife behavior and abundance on airports and surrounding properties and may collect data for formal Wildlife Hazard Assessments at the airport and surrounding environment. Incumbent will be required to be familiar with and to use various devices, tools, firearms, toxicants, and related equipment used in wildlife damage management. Incumbent will be expected to be able to identify damage from wildlife species as it pertains to airports, and the incumbent will be expected to assist in the implementation of appropriate corrective action, if warranted. The incumbent complies with federal, state, and local regulations and assists airports with compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, Federal Air Regulations, and Department of Defense Regulations. The incumbent assists airports and other customers with obtaining migratory bird depredation permits. Incumbent will keep accurate written records of their activities for the cooperator and Wildlife Services program using prescribed formats and procedures. Incumbent prepares and submits routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly, or monthly activities, observations, and events. The incumbent participates in required training sessions, on-the-job developmental activities and temporary details. Incumbent presents program information and conducts training for various groups, including airport organizations, educational institutions, industry groups, and state extension programs. May be required to pass Certified Applicator examination, as required of persons who use restricted-use pesticides. Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment. The incumbent completes other duties as assigned.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested individuals should email a detailed resume and/or completed OF-612 (Application for Federal Employment) copies of transcripts by close of business February 20, 2018 to: Thomas DeSisto Assistant District Supervisor USDA APHIS Wildlife Services If you are currently a Federal employee, include a copy of the most recent performance appraisal or a statement on the application that the rating is at least Fully Successful and the date of the rating. Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. 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/Using 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. 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). 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: DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference Application forms OF-612 may be obtained from contact listed, or downloaded from Must have a valid State motor vehicle operator license. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal service. This experience is typically in, or related to, the work of the position being filled and must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. GS-404-05 level all requirements of the GS-404-04 level and specialized experience in: 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 the habits, characteristics and habitats occupied by a wide variety of avian and mammalian species that are, or may become, a threat in terms of economic interests, public health aspects or human. Experience in, and the ability to interpret and apply, local, State and Federal policies, regulations, laws and ordinances that affect not only animal damage control procedures but also other wildlife species that are usually beneficial. Experience in animal damage control techniques to carry out a full range of common technical duties. Experience in the principles of biological sciences, technical methods and procedures of assigned tasks. OR 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, statistics, 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 LEVELS: 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. GS-404-06 level all requirements of the GS-404-05 level and specialized 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 Environmental Policy Act. Conducting wildlife counts and abundance surveys. The use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilization drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices and other non-lethal control tools. OR One full year of graduate education that included at least 9 semester hours with an emphasis in Wildlife. GS-404-07 level all requirements of the GS-404-06 level and specialized experience in: Airport wildlife hazard management. Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools and apply them to specific situations. Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines. Using computers for word processing, spreadsheets, GIS and database applications Assessing the abundance, behavior, and habits of North American wildlife species. OR One full year of graduate education that included at least 18 semester hours with an emphasis in Wildlife. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS‐6/7 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. Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons such as race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, politics, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.
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