Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)-Ohio

USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services-Ohio
Poland, OH
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$29,847 - $43,414 per year (RUS Pay Table Salary may vary depending on Locality Pay
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Last Date to Apply
TYPE OF POSITION: The USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services program in Ohio is currently accepting resumes for (1) Biological Science Technician to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) program and other cooperator funded projects in Ohio. Program activities will consist of trapping, surveillance, collection of biological data, vaccine bait distribution and other duties as they relate to this program. The position is 6 months but may be extended up to 1 year and is dependent on funding availability. The preferred start date would be May 13th, but is flexible. These positions are in the Excepted Service, and are a temporary, full-time appointment. Due to the temporary status of these positions, there is no guarantee of promotion potential. Some benefits may be offered, and leave will be accrued. NO HOUSING WILL BE PROVIDED. Relocation will NOT be offered for these positions. DUTIES: -Serves as a member of the WS workforce engaged in animal damage control operations. -Incumbent will be required to be familiar with and know how to use various devices, chemicals, tools, firearms and related equipment utilized in animal and bird damage control operations. -Must be able to correctly identify current, and forecast future, damage problems and relate them to the depredating species and determine/select the most effective means of control. -Must be highly skilled in the use of various WS control methods and procedures including the use of firearms. Means of control utilized may include the use of snares, traps, M-44 (cyanide) devices, calling, shooting or den hunting. -Must be able to discuss Endangered Species concepts, and be familiar with the ranges of the various threatened and endangered species that might come in conflict with any phase of WS programs. -Must be able to identify predator or rodent species by sight, sound, tracks, type of depredation or damage present, examine other appropriate evidence and correctly identify such damage situations and relate them to the depredating species. -Incumbent may be required to serve as instructor and conduct demonstrations and training for cooperators or other interested groups on WS control methods, procedures, and program objectives. This may include preliminary instruction and training of new personnel or WS equipment, devices, chemicals, firearms, etc., reporting procedures, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program. -Prepares and submits routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data collected. -Willing to participate in aerial baiting activities as a navigator, bait distributor, or ground crew member in areas where it is authorized by State law, and/or as directed by Assistant District Supervisor, District Supervisor, or State Director. -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. -Must have a valid State Motor Vehicle Operator’s or Commercial License, as appropriate. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required.
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 (proof of registration and/or exemption required). Website: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Resume 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 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 email address (preferred) or mailing address listed below: CONTACT OFFICE: Jeff Pelc, District Supervisor 4469 Professional Parkway, Groveport, OH 43125 Email – Phone – 614-993-3444 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: Applicant must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience to perform the work of the position. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: • Applicants must be able to work as a team and on their own • Proficiency in wildlife identification • Inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize signs of various wildlife 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 directly related to the position to be filled. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-4 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. For 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: 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. 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 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. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications may be referred to the hiring manage for selection. Qualified candidate eligible for veterans' preference will receive referral and selection priority over non-veterans. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: (if applicable to your position) • Must obtain or have a valid driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. • As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position. • 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. See this link: 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. More than one position may be selected from this announcement.
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