Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Agency
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Location
TBD, in northern Aroostook County, Maine. Duty station
Job Category
Part Time Vacancies
Salary
Hourly salary: $14.30 -20.80 (GS-4/1 to GS-5/10 RUS
Start Date
05/20/2019
Last Date to Apply
02/22/2019
Website
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage
Description
SUMMARY: This position is located with the Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maine. The position will resolve human wildlife conflict associated primarily with beaver, through the utilization of trapping, dam removal, and installation of water control structures. Applicant will also support the National Rabies Program in Maine by conducting surveillance through networking and road kill surveys/sampling, assisting with Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) distribution, as well as post-ORV trapping to determine effectiveness of the program. 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 and traps.  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.  Responsible for, and may instruct others in, the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment issued. When using toxic materials, must maintain records pursuant to the State Pesticide statutes and regulations and Environmental Protection Agency use restriction.  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.  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.
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-04 LEVEL: Applicants must have 6 months of general experience in addition to six 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: • Experience identifying North American wildlife species. • Experience with the principles of wildlife ecology and management. • Experience using damage control techniques, including but not limited to, traps, scents and baits, firearms, and deterrents for capturing or discouraging mammal and bird predators. • Experience conducting basic computer operations for record keeping, data analysis, report writing and correspondence. • Experience communicating with individuals or groups. OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-4 GRADE LEVELS: 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. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. FOR THE GS-05 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level (GS-04) in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: • Experience identifying North American wildlife species. • Experience with the principles of wildlife ecology and management. • Experience conducting basic computer operations for record keeping, data analysis, report writing and correspondence. • Experience dealing with human-wildlife conflicts and principles of wildlife damage management. • Experience communicating with individuals or groups • Experience, proficiency and safety in the use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools. • Experience entering data into Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. • Experience trapping various species in urban, suburban and rural environments, including but not limited to furbearers, small mammals, and birds. • Experience surveying areas to determine species and apply the appropriate methods of management. • Experience in using and maintaining specialty equipment such as boats, ATVs, and trucks. • Experience understanding habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of avian and mammalian wildlife species. OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Successfully completed four full years of education above high school 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 and at least 6 semester hours must be directly related to the position to be filled. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. OFFICIAL 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. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  Must obtain or have a valid Maine 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 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, computer)  Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.  Work requires physical exertion, such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, lifting heavy objects up to and over 50 pounds, bending, pulling, crouching, stooping, climbing, and stretching.  To fulfill field or laboratory requirements in this position, proof of specific vaccinations, including boosters may be required as a condition of employment.  Must have the ability to use computers, GPS units, and associated software to effectively communicate through e-mail and official correspondence, record data in web based systems, and conduct basic analyses using spreadsheets and databases.  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. Relocation costs will not be paid for this position. 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 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: EMAIL APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE CONTACT OFFICE: Ben Nugent District Supervisor USDA Wildlife Services 79 Leighton Rd., Suite 12 Augusta, ME 04330 Benjamin.Nugent@aphis.usda.gov
Contact Person
Ben Nugent
Contact Phone
207-629-5181
Contact eMail
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