The San Luis NWR Complex consists of three refuges and one easement area located in the northern San Joaquin Valley of California. Management units of the Complex include San Luis NWR (26,609 acres), Merced NWR (10,262 acres), San Joaquin River NWR (6,713 acres), and the Grasslands Wildlife Management Area with 95,000 acres of perpetual FWS conservation easements. All the refuges of the Complex are intensively managed for a wide diversity of native wildlife species, with special emphasis on wintering waterfowl/waterbirds and endangered species. A total of 12 listed or proposed threatened/endangered species and 19 candidate species have been recorded on the refuges. Over 200 species of migratory birds, including up to a half a million waterfowl in winter, use the Complex. A variety of natural communities representative of the habitats of the Central Valley are managed or being restored at the Complex. The Complex has a staff that varies seasonal from 30 to 40 employees.
The Assistant Refuge Manager (Wildlife Refuge Specialist) at the Merced NWR is responsible for the day to day operations at that unit which includes water and wetland management, grazing program, prescribed burning and fire suppression, visitor services, upland management, cropland management, resource monitoring, infrastructure maintenance, interactions with the public, administrative activities, and supervision. The Assistant Refuge Manager works with other staff and program leads at the Complex to mutually accomplish the annual work load. The Merced Refuge is known for its winter concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes, Ross’ geese, ducks and shorebirds. It has an auto tour route, four nature trails and a waterfowl hunt program. To learn more about the Merced NWR, visit the Refuge website (www.fws.gov/refuge/merced) and Complex Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SanLuisNWRC/)
This is a full-time permanent appointment. The start date is flexible depending on applicant schedules.
Education: A. Completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree with major in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology that included at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) in zoology; 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours (or equivalent) in conservation biology; and 3 semester hours (or equivalent) in botany; (OR)
B. Completed courses in an accredited college/ university equivalent to a major in zoology, wildlife management, or appropriate field of biology that included at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) in zoology; 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in conservation biology (or equivalent); and 3 semester hours (or equivalent) in botany PLUS appropriate experience and/or additional education comparable to the completion of a 4-year course of study. (OR)
C. Previously occupied a position in the GS-0485 series prior to December 3, 2010, and meet the basic education requirement of the previous qualification standard. Previous standard: bachelor or higher degree with major in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology, that includes 9 semester hours in zoology; 6 semester hours in wildlife; and 9 semester hours in botany.
Job Requirements/ Skills: Must be a permanent federal employee to apply (see announcement for exceptions). Experience with land management activities to benefit wildlife, visitor services, wildlife monitoring, good writing and oral communication skills. Wetland and waterbird management experience. Ability to work in a team or independent setting.
Applying: Apply at usajobs.gov - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578214000, apply for Los Banos, CA