Assistant District Supervisor (Wildlife)



OPEN DATE:                       May 13, 2019


            CLOSING DATE:                May 19, 2019


United States Department of Agriculture



Animal and

Plant Health Inspection








XXXX State





State, Zip

Ph:  (555) 555-5555

Fax: (555) 555-5555



An Equal Opportunity




POSITION TITLE:              Assistant District Supervisor (Wildlife)



POSITIONS:                         2


TYPE OF POSITION:         Term Appointment with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service

                                                            Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years)


             WORK SCHEDULE:         Full-time, maxiflex including weekends and early

                                                            mornings and nights


ANNOUNCEMENT #:        FL-19-003


SERIES/GRADE:                GS-0486-07/09



LEVEL:                                  GS-0486-09


LOCATION:                         1- Jacksonville, Florida

                                                1- South Florida (exact location TBD)

                                                            (Relocation expenses will not be paid)


SALARY:                              $42,053 - $66,868.00 (Salary is based upon the 2019

                                                federal pay scale which may be updated prior to the

                                                position selection)




  • 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)

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:  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 may 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: EMAILED APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE


             CONTACT OFFICE:


Jeremy Butts

Assistant State Director

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

2820 East University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32641

Office: 352-448-2136





The incumbent is responsible for assisting the District Supervisor in the planning, directing, coordinating and administering the WS program for one district.  These activities are conducted where there is a need to reduce threats or damage caused by wildlife impacting human health and safety, property, agricultural interests, and natural resources; and to reduce vertebrate damage to growing and stored agriculture crops, and to conduct human health and safety assessments.


The incumbent may perform some supervisory duties, which would encompass less than 25% of their work time.  These duties could include the following: assisting the District Supervisor in the hiring process by screening applications, interviewing, conducting new employee orientation, and scheduling work assignments; providing job training and technical guidance for employees and assisting with field inspections; providing feedback to the District Supervisor regarding employee performance during field inspections to aid in performance evaluations. As directed by the District Supervisor and State Director, assists with budgeting the allotted cooperative funds provided for control activities.  As directed, determines equipment and supply needs to carry out the control operations within the district.


Provides technical and operational assistance to federal, state, county, and municipal agencies in the reduction of wildlife borne diseases by the management of wild mammal and bird vectors carrying pathogens that may adversely affect human health.


Incumbent will be responsible for providing operational assistance in an assigned district or as directed by the District Supervisor or State Director.


The incumbent may be involved with developing and maintaining (with the assistance of the District Supervisor, State Director and Program Specialists) all documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


The incumbent works in close cooperation with federal, state, and other agencies and organizations and assures, to the extent possible, that control methods are efficient, selective, and based on sound biological and ecological principles.


Plans and carries out an effective safety program through safety meetings, inspections, and training for employees.


Responsible for actively supporting and implementing the equal opportunity programs as specified by national policies.


Cultivates positive community relations, participating in community meetings, speaking before groups, preparing articles for local news media, and answering inquiries regarding program functions and operations to the general public.  The incumbent establishes good working relationships with the county, state, district, and other federal agencies.


Communicates safe and effective wildlife damage management techniques through extension and other channels to the general public.  Information is dispensed by radio, television, news releases, speeches, articles and bulletins.


The incumbent ensures coordination and response to routine administrative or program matters, including the Management Information System.  Negotiates cooperative WS program requirements with major cooperators, other federal or state organizations, and private groups or individual landowners.


Maintains and assists in the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geodatabases to prioritize work, track progress, and evaluate program accomplishments.


As required, modifies or adapts established damage control techniques to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic, or political considerations.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other agencies, organizations, institutions, industry groups, and individuals in meeting program needs and goals. Represents the WS Program at meetings, conferences, and workshops with these groups. May negotiate or participate in the negotiation of cooperative agreements/funds with program cooperators.

Recommends, through supervisor, areas for potential research or developmental study. May assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices, or methods.

Prepares required scientific and administrative program reports.



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







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.




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.


In addition to meeting the basic requirement:


FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level) that 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

·         Selecting appropriate wildlife damage management strategies, techniques, and tools and apply them to specific situations.

·         Communicate verbally and in writing with individuals and small groups in order to coordinate and document wildlife service activities

·         The skilled use of firearms, traps, snares, pesticides, immobilizing drugs, pyrotechnics, electronic harassment devices, and other non-lethal control tools.


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 demonstrates:

All requirements of the GS-07 level and the following:

·         Research wildlife control theories to help develop plans to mitigate damage caused by wildlife

·         Interpreting and applying policies, regulations, laws, and ordinances that affect wildlife damage management operations and working within those guidelines.

·         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

·         Conducting supervisory duties including recruiting, scheduling work, approving leave use, training, resolving complaints, issuing performance ratings, and/or initiating disciplinary actions.



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.


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-07/09 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. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:  Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions 



Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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.


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. (if this applies)

·         As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position.

·         Position is subject to random and applicant 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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Carrying a firearm is a condition of employmentIn 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.


More than one position may be selected from this announcement.