UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
(An Equal Opportunity Employer)
POSITION TITLE, SERIES, GRADE:
Biological Science Technician (Airport/Wildlife), GS-404-7
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: none
LOCATION OF POSITION(S): Bristol, FL– 1 Position (No relocation costs will be paid.)
CLOSING DATE: November 7th, 2017
The position will be a GS-0404-7, 13- month term appointment. This position is available for benefits. Starting dates are negotiable. This position may be extended up to a total of 4 years.
WHO MAY APPLY:
- 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: http://www.sss.gov.
· Resume (that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications)
· Transcripts (if qualifying on education)
· DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and/or VA letter required for applicable Veteran preference.
· 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:
If you are currently a Federal employee, include a copy of the most recent performance appraisal or a statement that the rating is at least Fully Successful and the date of the rating. Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. Applicants who do not submit the required items may not be considered. Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be POSTMARKED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement.
Interested individuals should send a resume and transcripts (if applicable) to:
CONTACT OFFICE: Richard Hinnah, District Supervisor
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
11152 NW State Road 20 / Bristol, FL 32321
This position is located in the Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The duties of this assignment include airport/wildlife issues along with alleviating mammalian predator issues, beaver management and urban vulture management. Duties consist of:
· The incumbent provides technical assistance and conducts wildlife damage management activities in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to prevent or reduce economic loss to property and agriculture or to protect human health and safety. Management techniques and/or tools include the use of pesticides, pyrotechnics, firearms, binary explosives, aversive agents, auditory devices, exclusion, and cultural methods. IPM strategies will include non-lethal and lethal techniques.
· Incumbent monitors wildlife behavior and abundance on airports and surrounding properties and may collect data for formal Wildlife Hazard Assessments at the airport and surrounding environment.
· Incumbent will be required to be familiar with and to use various devices, tools, firearms, toxicants, and related equipment used in wildlife damage management.
· Incumbent will be expected to be able to identify damage from wildlife species as it pertains to airports, and the incumbent will be expected to assist in the implementation of appropriate corrective action, if warranted.
· The incumbent complies with federal, state, and local regulations and assists airports with compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Endangered Species Act, Federal Air Regulations, and Department of Defense Regulations. The incumbent assists airports and other customers with obtaining migratory bird depredation permits.
· Incumbent will keep accurate written records of their activities for the cooperator and Wildlife Services program using prescribed formats and procedures.
· Incumbent prepares and submits routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly, or monthly activities, observations, and events.
· The incumbent participates in required training sessions, on-the-job developmental activities and temporary details.
· Incumbent presents program information and conducts training for various groups, including airport organizations, educational institutions, industry groups, and state extension programs.
· May be required to pass Certified Applicator examination, as required of persons who use restricted-use pesticides.
· Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.
- The incumbent completes other duties as assigned.
The incumbent will be required to work in office and in outdoor conditions. Temperature, weather, and noise extremes will be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work, which is often performed in remote and primitive areas. The terrain may be uneven, rocky, or in thick vegetation. The incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner, so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property within which entrusted.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience or education requirements specified below:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL:
Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-6 level in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
• Airport wildlife hazard management
• Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools and apply them to specific situations
• Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines
• Using computers for word processing, spreadsheets, GIS and database applications
• Assessing the abundance, behavior, and habitats of North American wildlife species
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-6 GRADE LEVEL:
GS-7: Successful completion of eighteen (18) semester hours of wildlife related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university.
NOTE: APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITION WILL BE CONTINGENT UPON A NEGATIVE DRUG TEST RESULT. INCUMBENTS OF THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO URINALYSIS TO SCREEN FOR ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON AN ONGOING BASIS AFTER APPOINTMENT, AS DIRECTED.
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.
Candidates will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reasons
such as race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, politics, disability,
age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.
Richard Hinnah, District Supervisor
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
11152 NW State Road 20 / Bristol, FL 32321