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.
The following Selective Placement Factor (SPF) requirement is being used to determine whether an applicant fully qualifies for this position. Therefore, it is MANDATORY
that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience of the SPF listed below. Evidence of this experience must be documented in your resume. Applicants who fail to meet this requirement and/or address the SPF may lose further consideration.SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
The incumbent is required to have experience working with a variety of wildlife species under laboratory, pen, and field conditions.Incumbent is required to plan observational and experimental studies through rigorous design, carry out and analyze studies using appropriate statistical methods and preparing reports and papers for peer reviewed scientific publication.0401 RESEARCH BIOLOGIST BASIC REQUIREMENT:A.
Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; orB.
Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.0486 RESEARCH WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Degree with major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences. This course work must have included:
- At least 9 semester hours of training applicable to wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology; and
- At least 12 semester hours in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics; and
- At least 9 semester hours in the field of botany and related plant science; and
- At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology.
FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience planning and conducting research studies with an emphasis on wildlife biology and/or ecology. Studies conducted to provide tools, information and solutions for wildlife damage management in order to protect agriculture and human health and safety.
- Experience conducting studies in applied animal learning and behavior in both captive and field settings using remote sensing technologies (e.g. telemetry, GPS) and spatial data analyses.
- Experience communicating research findings through peer-reviewed, scientific publications and presentations to diverse stakeholders. Publication record of at least 10 peer-reviewed papers, preferably in avian biology.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology, zoology, or other closely related field of study. 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 this position based on a combination of experience and education.
- You are qualifying for the position based on education.
- This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
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.