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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) – South Carolina
Dorchester County, SC
Full time Positions
Last Date to Apply
This position is located in the Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The assignment involves the performance of a wide range of duties related to management of wildlife damage and disease surveillance, but primary duties will be alleviating beaver problems in assigned county (Dorchester County).
Serves as a member of the WS workforce engaged in animal damage control
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
Prepares baits and constructs or sets devices, lures, traps, etc., in accordance with
standard operational procedures.
Responsible for, and may instruct others in, the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of
tools, supplies and equipment issued. If using restricted-use-pesticides, must
maintain records pursuant to the State Pesticide statutes and regulations and
Environmental Protection Agency use restrictions.
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.
Coordinates animal control efforts with the cooperators and cooperator's contractors,
particularly in relation to public use. Incumbent provides routine reports on wildlife damage control related problems.
Records observations, sightings, activities, or other events daily and reports these to
Must conduct all operations using approved safety procedures and in accordance with
local, State and Federal laws and regulations, and USDA, APHIS, and WS policies.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE AT THE AD-3 GRADE LEVEL:
Applicants must have 6 months of work experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE AD-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:
• Experience using damage control techniques (including, but not limited to) predator, rodent and bird control toxicants, techniques, traps, snares and formulating scents and baits;
• Prepare reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected;
• Train on the control methods, procedures, technical aspects, and objectives used for wildlife damage control;
• Inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize various wildlife;
• Meeting and communicating with individuals or groups; and
• Recognize habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of avian and mammalian wildlife species.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE AD-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 may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
• Technical experience trapping various species in urban, suburban and rural environments, including but not limited to furbearers, small mammals, and birds and familiarity using various control techniques to capture these animals and with little or no direction or supervision. Experience surveying areas to determine species and methods of management;
• Experience using both lethal and nonlethal management techniques to reduce bird and mammal damage, to include use of trapping devices, harassment devices, and barriers;
• Experience conducting disease surveillance and taking samples;
• Proficiency and safety in using a variety of firearms to remove damaging wildlife when necessary. Experience in using and maintaining specialty equipment such as boats, ATV’s, trucks;
• Prepare reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected
• Train on the control methods, procedures, technical aspects, and objectives used for wildlife damage control
• Inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize various wildlife
• Meeting and communicating with individuals or groups
• Recognize habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of avian and mammalian wildlife species
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE AD-3 GRADE LEVEL:
Successful completion of l year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE AD-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.
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE AD-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.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AT THE AD-3/4/5 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.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
• You are qualifying for the position based on education.
• You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
• This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
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 to non- membership in an employee organization.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants who do not submit the required items may not be considered. If you are a currently employed federal employee, include a copy of the most recent performance appraisal or a statement 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. Applicants who do not submit the required items may not be considered.
Interested individuals should send a resume, DD-214 or VA letters (if applicable), transcripts (if applying based on education requirements), and answer the Supplemental Experience questions listed at the bottom of this announcement to:
CONTACT OFFICE: USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
400 Northeast Drive, Suite L
Columbia, SC 29203
Attn: Robert Byrd, District Supervisor
Applicants who do not submit the required items may not be considered. Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be POSTMARKED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement.
The following questions are to be answered on a separate sheet of paper. Keep responses to no more than 1-page per question. Failure to answer the questions will exclude you from consideration.
1. ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY WORK WITH CO-WORKERS AND THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE ORGANIZATION: Describe your experience in dealing with others. Have you had to negotiate issues or handle controversial matters? Describe.
2. ABILITY TO WORK WITH E-MAIL, MICROSOFT WORD, AND MICROSOFT EXCEL: What experience do you have using computers? What experience do you have with e-mail, Microsoft Word and Excel databases?
NOTE: False statements on any part of the applications or accompanying forms or sheets may be cause for disqualification or later removal from the position.