Status: Full-time position
Location: Chesapeake, VA; Suffolk, VA
Job Summary: This position serves as manager and supervisor over one or more Program Areas or one large/complex District within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program. The incumbent oversees the assessment and management of wildlife damage to a wide variety of agricultural and natural resources and property and wildlife-related threats to human health and safety. The work is primarily concerned with wildlife damage management operations related to the assessment/reduction/elimination of problems associated with birds, mammals, and other wildlife in urban, suburban, and rural environments, keeping with laws and regulations, multiple funding mandates, and sound wildlife management principles.
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Qualifications: Degree in biological science that included at least 30 semester hours of coursework in wildlife subjects. This course work must have included:
At least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, such as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
At least 12 semester hours in zoology subjects, such as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (excess wildlife courses may be used to meet zoology requirements where appropriate); and
At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
Duties: The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Plans, directs, coordinates, and administers a WS program in a large/complex district or over one or more program areas to efficiently and effectively reduce adverse wildlife-related impacts to agriculture, property, natural resources, and to reduce wildlife impacts on human health and safety.
Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships among agencies, organizations, institutions, industry groups, county/local governments, associates, and individuals in meeting program needs and goals; represents the WS program at meetings, conferences, workshops, media events, legislative/judicial sessions, and other similar events and proceedings.
Negotiates, develops, monitors, and reports on agreements such as Cooperative Service Field Agreements, Interagency Agreements, and others with work and financial plans; manages budgets and funds provided for wildlife damage management programs and activities for all operations of the district/program area(s) and proactively evaluates project funding needs, shortfalls, and opportunities for program maintenance and development.
Supervises a combined workforce of state/local cooperative and federal employees, conducting recruitment, performance evaluations, leave approval, work scheduling, and training; resolving complaints and grievances and initiating disciplinary actions; assessing succession planning needs and opportunities; and monitoring human resources needs to accomplish the mission.
Supports WS’s safety program and procedures through participating in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols; identifying safety-related opportunities and challenges; and developing solutions to protect employee and public safety.
Works in close cooperation with federal, state, and other agencies and organizations and ensures to the extent possible that control methods are efficient, selective, and based on sound biological and ecological principles.
Develops and conducts National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes and develops documents with minimal guidance from the supervisor; upon request supports national NEPA efforts through provision of information and review, and ensures all activities of the district/program area(s) are in compliance with NEPA and parallel state environmental review laws and regulations.