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USDA Wildlife Services Job Opening
Mar 2, 2022 18:01 ET


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OPEN DATE: February 21, 2022

CLOSING DATE: March 4, 2022

POSITION TITLE: Biological Science Technician – Wildlife

WORK SCHEDULE: Term Appointment with possibility for benefits, Excepted Service. Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years). These are seasonal positions beginning around March 28, 2022 and lasting 7 months. Start date may be negotiable.



SERIES/GRADE: GS-0404-04/05


LOCATION: 1 position in Florence or Forest County (exact duty station TBD) (Relocation expenses will not be paid)

SALARY: GS-4-$15.92 per hour, GS-5-$17.31 per hour


• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must be 18 years old
• If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and are at least 18 years of age, civil service
employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required). Website:


Resume (include days/months/years worked, work schedule, and grade level if federal) DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference. Transcripts (if qualifying on education, education must have been obtained from an accredited institution. Education completed in a foreign institution must include an evaluation by an organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs that it was deemed equivalent to an accredited U.S. education program, see: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.)

Current active-duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

HOW TO APPLY: Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. Applicants who do not submit the required items listed above will not be considered. Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be RECEIVED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement.

Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the address listed here.

Dave Ruid, District Supervisor
USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services
P.O Box 1064
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 369-5221

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you should need the forms identified in above paragraph, contact the District Supervisor for a copy.


Demonstrates a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices and materials, and equipment.

Responsible for conducting direct control operations planned and organized by others to reduce wildlife damage within a geographical area or technical/subject area of program involvement.

Uses wildlife damage management (WDM) tools/devices which may include some or all of the following depending on need in assigned area: firearms; foothold, body-grip, culvert (bear), and cage traps; foot snares; neck snares; chemical control methods; pyrotechnics; noise cannons/exploders; drop nets; rocket/cannon nets; electric fencing, fladry, hand-tools to remove beaver dams, and various other devices.

Utilizes working knowledge of WDM methods and strategies to independently recommend appropriate WDM strategies which alleviate wildlife damage for cooperators and the general public through technical assistance.

May be required to use chemical immobilization and euthanasia drugs to capture and handle wildlife under the general guidance of a higher-graded or more experienced employee.

Assists Wildlife Biologists or higher-graded staff by correctly identifying common, current or recent damage problems and relating them to the damage-causing species.

Determines and selects the most effective means of damage abatement through consultation with supervisor or other higher-graded employees.

Provides appropriate technical assistance recommendations on typical wildlife and WDM issues on a limited basis. Appropriate recommendations require a general knowledge of Federal, State and local wildlife specific regulations and policies regarding WDM.

Maintains inventories and compiles reports of government-provided equipment and supplies including locations, acquisitions, returns, losses, and reason, therefore.

Enters data into established WDM database/system of record. Uses data to prepare and submit routine reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events.

Responsible for reporting accomplishments, problems encountered, work locations, etc. to supervisor or higher-graded staff.

Maintains records of chemical control use to comply with State and Federal regulatory requirements.

On a limited basis, may assist in conducting basic demonstrations and training for cooperators or other interested groups on WDM methods, procedures, and program objectives.

May assist in training others in certain aspects of the use of one or more WDM methods, under close supervision of a higher-graded employee or other recognized expert.

Carries out duties in accordance with program decisions made in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) under guidance and oversight by supervisor.

Must be familiar with a limited range of various threatened and endangered species, and their habitats, that are or may be affected by program activities within area of jurisdiction.

Complies with restrictions and mitigation measures established through consultation with relevant Federal and State agencies.

Conducts all operations using approved safety procedures and in accordance with local, State and Federal laws and regulations, and USDA, APHIS, and WS policies.

Identifies safety-related opportunities and challenges and communicates them to the supervisor.

Supports the WS safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols.

Obtains and maintains pesticide applicator licenses, permits, or other similar authorizations as necessary.

May assist WS research efforts by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices or methods or providing biological or other specimens.

Performs other duties, as required.


To qualify, applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.


For the GS-4 Grade Level:

Applicants must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-03 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

• Ability to identify various species of animals.
• Experience recognizing and accurately identifying damage caused by various
wildlife species and selecting appropriate species-selective management actions.
• Experience in application of the principles of wildlife ecology and management to
support of a wildlife management program.
• Experience keeping routine and basic records of daily activities and observations.


Education Substitution at the GS-4 Grade Level: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be in wildlife. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision.


Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-4 Grade Level:

Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision.

For the GS-5 Grade Level:

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to GS-4. This experience is typically in, or related to, the work of the position being filled:
• Experience in application of wildlife damage management techniques and methods including foot-hold, body-grip, live traps and cable-restraints devices and other equipment used in wildlife damage management.
• Experience in speaking to cooperators, organizations, and the public.
• Using computers for reports, correspondence, and data management.
• Experience working within local, state and national rules and regulations as they apply to wildlife policies and procedures.
• Experience preparing reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected.


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study, or at least 24 semester hours, in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, with at least 6 semester hours in wildlife. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision.


Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-5 Grade Level:

Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. Transcripts required if qualifying based on this provision.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: (if applicable to your position)

• Must obtain or have a valid state driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required.
• As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position.
• Position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
• Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles,
firearms, control devices, and equipment.
• In order to perform the essential duties of this position, you must have the legal and physical
ability to possess and discharge firearms. You must be able to pass a government background check and meet any additional requirements to carry and use firearms. A background check will include answering questions about where you’ve lived, worked, went to school, and any military history or police records. Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check).

Emergency Response – 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. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur – and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee’s current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty state location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum.

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Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications may be referred to the hiring manager for selection. Qualified candidates eligible for veterans’ preference will receive referral and selection priority over non-veterans.


** Drug testing and fingerprint cards have been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to continue employment, selectees will still be required to successfully pass drug tests and submit fingerprint cards once these items are reinstated.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Carrying a firearm is a condition of employment – In the passing of the Lautenberg Amendment, Congress passed legislation which prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm or ammunition. If selected you will be required to sign the form, “Inquiry for Positions Requiring Possession of Firearms,” certifying that you meet this criteria.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy-

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace, or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

• An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
• An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
• An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Relocation costs will not be paid for this position.