Wildlife Biologist-California

Ontario, CA
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT OPENING DATE: 01/12/2018 CLOSING DATE: 01/19/2018 POSITION TITLE: Wildlife Biologist SERIES & GRADE LEVEL: AD-486-5/7/9 SALARY: $37,793.00 – $74,444.00 AGENCY: U.S. Department of Agriculture LOCATION: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 3419A Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825 TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Full-time Term STARTING DATE: Approx. 02/19/2018 VACANCY NUMBER: USDA-WS-18-01 DUTY STATION: Ontario International Airport, Ontario, CA NOTE: Applicant for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Incumbents of the position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use on an ongoing basis after appointment, as directed. SPECIAL NOTICE: Applicants filing under this announcement will be considered for the above duty location only. WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday TIME SCHEDULE: VARIABLE DUTIES: • Serve as a Wildlife Biologist conducting a Wildlife Hazard Management Program at Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino County, California. • Provides operational and technical assistance while conducting wildlife damage management and assessment for the purpose of reducing conflicts between wildlife (primarily birds) and aircraft. • Conducts ecological surveys/studies documenting wildlife presence before and after implementation of wildlife damage management programs. • Gathers, compiles, and evaluates data on damage caused by birds and mammals, primarily to aircraft operations. • Conducts much of his/her time working independently and/or with airport staff. • Develops and implements strategies to alleviate wildlife aircraft hazards. • Modifies and adapts established wildlife damage management methods as necessary. • Provides USDA certified training through workshops and training sessions to airport and USDA personnel when necessary. • Prepares scientific and administrative program reports. • Collects and analyzes pertinent data to develop strategies and techniques.
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript(s) in order to be considered for this position. This does not have to be an official or certified copy. All applicants must meet one of the following educational requirements: A) A degree in biological science that included at least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and at least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. OR B) A combination of education and experience--equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level) that demonstrates: • Dealing with the principles of wildlife ecology and management. • Identifying North American wildlife species and assess their abundance, behavior, and habitats. • Dealing with human-wildlife conflicts, principles of wildlife damage management and airport wildlife hazard management. • Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools and apply them to specific situations. • Knowledge of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Federal Air Regulations. • The skilled use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools. • Using computers for word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. OR have 1 year of graduate level education in wildlife biology or a related field OR meet the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.htm OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates: All requirements of the GS-07 level and the following: • Designing a wildlife survey program that detects spatial and temporal differences in wildlife abundance and provides a suitable index of wildlife hazards at airports. • Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines. • Using GPS, GIS technologies, and web-based systems for data entry and administrative processes. OR have 2 years of graduate level education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology or a related field OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must show they possess the specialized experience, education, or combination of the two, as described in the Job Specific Questions for this position. You may review the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook for more information at www.opm.gov/qualifications/sec-iii/a/num-ndx.htm . OTHER REQUIREMENTS: - Must pass the California Qualified Applicator’s Certification (QAC) within one year of hire date. - Must obtain or have a valid California driver’s license. - Must have a knowledge of and be capable of using: o Wildlife damage management techniques o Working with the public and other cooperating agencies o Communication skills SUPPLEMENTAL EXPERIENCE STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ARE TO BE ANSWERED ON A PLAIN SHEET OF PAPER: FACTOR 1: (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT) A general background in a biological or agricultural field which demonstrates the ability to learn basic wildlife damage management methods – techniques, including the use of firearms, euthanasia drugs, toxicants, traps, etc.; tracking of wildlife, bird identification, identifying wildlife concerns associated with depredation. a. Describe any experience and/or education in a biological or agricultural field which demonstrated the ability to learn basic wildlife damage management methods – techniques. b. List the extent of experience you have with the following methods-techniques: - Firearms - Euthanasia drugs - Toxicants - Traps - Tracking of wildlife - Bird identification - Identifying wildlife concerns associated with depredation or damage. c. List any experience you have had working with threatened and/or endangered species. FACTOR 2: ABILITY TO PLAN AND ORGANIZE WORK: Describe any experience that would demonstrate your ability to plan and organize work. Also describe specific experience related to data collection using various computer software programs and writing technical reports. FACTOR 3: ABILITY TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH OTHERS: What experience do you have in dealing with others? Have you had to negotiate issues or handle controversial matters? Describe. FACTOR 4: KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO WILDLIFE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT: Describe your knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife damage management. Note: The questions in Factor 1-4 of the Supplemental Experience Statement, must be answered, signed, and dated. Exaggeration or misstatements may be cause for your disqualification or later removal from the program. After completing the Supplemental Experience Statement, look it over carefully to make sure that you have answered every question. Be sure you have given complete information about your experience and your application reflects given information. You cannot be given credit for work you do not tell us about. HOW TO APPLY: Submit: a. Cover Letter, b. Complete up-to-date Application for Federal Employment resume or OF-612, c. Your answers to the four Factors in the Supplemental Experience Statement, d. The completed Firearms Certification form, and e. copy of college transcripts, to: U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services 3419A Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95825 IMPORTANT NOTE: If you should need the forms identified in above paragraphs b. and d., feel free to contact 916-979-2675 for a copy. 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. 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. INFORMATION REQUIRED IN YOUR APPLICATION Your application (regardless of format) must contain the following information (Privacy and public burden statements for Federal job applications are described in OPM’s pamphlet “Applying for a Federal Job,” OF-510) Job Information: Announcement number, and title and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying. Personnel Information: Full name, mailing address with zip code Day and evening phone numbers Social Security Number Veterans’ preference (See previous page) Country of citizenship (U.S. citizenship is required) Highest grade held in Federal Service (with the job series and dates held) Education: High School (name, city, state, and zip code) and date of diploma or GED Colleges and Universities attended Name, city, state, and zip code Academic major(s) Type and year of any degrees received (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours. Include a transcript only if required) Work Experience: For all paid and unpaid work experience related to the job for which you are applying, provide: Job title (Include series and grade, if a Federal job) Duties and accomplishments (be specific) Employer’s name and address Supervisor’s name and telephone number (Indicate if we may contact your current Supervisor) Starting and ending dates Number of hours worked per week Salary Other qualifying Information: (Give dates, but do not send documents unless specifically requested) Job-related skill (for example, computer hardware/software; typing speed; public speaking) Job-related licenses or certificates (current) Honors, awards, publications, and memberships in professional or honor societies Job-related training courses (title and year) INQUIRY FOR POSITIONS REQUIRING POSSESSION OF FIREARMS Prior to entering a position requiring the possession of a firearm and/or ammunition, you must certify that you meet the qualifications for the position in order to comply with Title 18, United States Code, Section922(g)(9) which was effective on September 30, 1996. This law prohibits anyone who has a past conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing firearms and/or ammunition. "Misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined as any offense--whether or not explicitly described in the statute as a crime of domestic violence--which has, as its factual basis, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, was committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted" is generally defined in the statute as excluding anyone whose conviction has been expunged or been set aside, or has received a pardon. This provision applies to persons convicted at any time prior to or after the passage of the September 30, 1996, amendment. Moreover, there is no exemption for law enforcement officers and agents. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the statute, you may not be placed in a position requiring the possession of a firearm or ammunition. Prior to being placed in a position requiring the possession of a firearm or ammunition, you must complete this certification. Depending on your response, additional information may be required from you at a later date. Please complete the certification and sign on the appropriate line below. If you are unsure whether the law applies, please consult with the servicing Employee Relations Specialist on (301) 734-6486. CERTIFICATION HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE STATUTE IDENTIFIED ABOVE? Yes_________________ No________________ I hereby certify that, to the best of my information and belief, all of the information provided by me is true, correct, complete and made in good faith. 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