Wildlife Biologist

Department of the Interior

Lakeview , Oregon

Physical Demands: In order to gather samples and complete monitoring activities, the individual may be required to walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such equipment and samples. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.

Work Environment: The work of this position is sometimes performed in an office setting with adequate lighting and temperatures. However, when necessary to complete the work, there is outdoor exposure. Outdoor exposure requires some discomfort in extremes of temperature or inclement weather. The incumbent may be subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.


Works closely with the Lead Wildlife Biologist in the State Office on coordination issues with local interests groups, Tribal; Councils, and other federal agencies on matters pertaining to the impact of the application of biological decisions, habitat conservation, and laws and regulations. The specialist serves as the information liaison between the State Office resource specialists and District/Field office employees on issues pertaining to Special Status Species, Threatened and endangered Species, and other wildlife matters.


Basic Requirement: Degree in a 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. In addition, to qualify for GS-11 requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 in the federal service OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree orPh.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

Specialized Experience Requirements: 

For GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. Examples GS-09: An in-depth professional knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts related to wildlife biology, such as zoology, animal ecology, and other related fields. The employee must be able to apply those bodies of knowledge to everyday work situations.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.



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