Status: Full-time position
Location: Saint Croix, VI
Deadline Date: 1/14/13
Job Summary: The incumbent serves as a Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program for the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and performs assignments involving program delivery, management, and administration with minimal supervision. The work is primarily concerned with wildlife damage management operations relating to assessment, reduction, and/or elimination of problems associated with birds, mammals, and other types of wildlife in urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Qualifications: A 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.
OR Combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological science with education (as shown above) plus appropriate experience or additional education.
FOR THE GS-7 LEVEL
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level) that demonstrates:
Planning and carrying out wildlife damage control operations in a variety of settings.
Interpreting and applying local, state, and federal laws, regulations, or ordinances pertaining to wildlife biology.
Developing appropriate and effective wildlife control strategies using different control techniques and methods, including exclusionary materials and devices, aversive agents, auditory devices, mechanical devices, environmental controls, toxicants, and firearms.
Communicating orally and in writing with individuals and small groups to coordinate and document wildlife service activities.
Researching wildlife control theories to help develop plans to mitigate damage caused by wildlife.
Duties: Conducts wildlife damage management activities where there is a demonstrated need consistent with the planned use of any given area to prevent or reduce losses to property, agriculture, and natural resources, or to protect human health and safety.
Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other agencies, organizations, institutions, industry groups, and individuals in meeting program needs and goals.
Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic, or political considerations.
Communicates safe and effective damage control techniques through extension and other channels to the general public.
Assists supervisor in the development and conduct of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes and documents.
Recommends, through supervisor, areas for potential research or developmental study, and may assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices, or methods.
Supports WS safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols.
Prepares required scientific and administrative program reports.
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