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Wildlife Biologist

Department of Agriculture

Chicago ,  Illinois
Wildlife

Summary
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service. Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

The incumbent of this position serves as a Wildlife Biologist within the Illinois Wildlife Services (WS) Program for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The incumbent performs assignments involving program management and administration. Primarily, the work involves the reduction of wildlife hazards at airports throughout Illinois. Additionally, the work involves the cessation, alleviation or mitigation of problems caused by birds, carnivores and rodents in other urban and/or rural environments.

Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

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. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

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:

  • The incumbent acts as an Airport Wildlife Biologist within the state of Illinois. Work involves assisting airports-- including city-, county-, privately-owned, and military installations—in reducing wildlife hazards to aircraft.
  • Incumbent writes and provides input to required documents to maintain airports’ compliance with Federal Airport Regulations and Air Force Regulations.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other agencies, organizations, institutions, industry groups and individuals in meeting program needs and goals. May negotiate or participate in the negotiation of cooperative agreements/funds with airports and other cooperators to initiate or maintain cooperative agreements.
  • Provides informational presentations to various groups, including airport organizations, educational institutions, industry groups, state extension programs, etc.
  • The incumbent gathers, compiles and evaluates damage hazards caused by various wildlife species.
  • Conducts animal damage control activities and provides technical assistance to the public where there is a demonstrated need consistent with the planned use of any given area to prevent or reduce economic loss to property, agriculture or to protect human health and safety.
  • Wildlife damage techniques and/or methods include the use of pesticides, firearms, binary explosives, aversive agents, auditory devices and mechanical and environmental control.
  • Incumbent complies with all local, state and federal laws in wildlife damage management activities, and addresses specific environmental, economic and political considerations.

Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

A. Degree: 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. 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 may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Plan and carry out wildlife damage control operations in a variety of settings.
  • Works in close cooperation with Federal, State and other agencies and organizations to assure that control methods are efficient, selective and based on sound biological and ecological principles.
  • Modify and/or adapt established damage control techniques to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with individuals and small groups in order to coordinate and document wildlife service activities.

OR

1 year of graduate-level education (18 semester hours) in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management.

OR
Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Research wildlife control theories to help develop plans to mitigate damage caused by wildlife.
Create new damage control techniques to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations.
Preparation of presentations and reports to cooperators and other entities to ensure program success.
OR

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology or masters or equivalent graduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

 



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