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.
A. Degree in biological science that included at least 30 semester hours of coursework in wildlife subjects. This course work must have included:
- At least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, such as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
- At least 12 semester hours in zoology subjects, such as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (excess wildlife courses may be used to meet 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 with education as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education.FOR THE GS-7 LEVEL:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level) that demonstrates:
- Planning and carrying out wildlife damage management operations in a variety of settings.
- Interpreting and applying local, state, and federal laws, regulations, or ordinances pertaining to wildlife biology.
- Developing appropriate and effective wildlife management strategies using different techniques and methods, including exclusionary materials and devices, aversive agents, auditory devices, mechanical devices, environmental controls, toxicants, and firearms.
- Communicating orally and in writing with individuals and groups to coordinate and document wildlife management activities.
One year or 18 semester hours of graduate-level education in wildlife biology, wildlife management, or wildlife ecology;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 AchievementFOR THE GS-9 LEVEL:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Researching wildlife management theories to help develop plans to mitigate damage caused by wildlife.
Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, or wildlife ecology.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. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: TranscriptsCOMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7/9 GRADE LEVELS:
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
- As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
- Subject to satisfactory completion of a one-year probationary period.
- Valid state driver's license required at time of application to operate a government-owned or -leased motor vehicle.
- Must qualify in the use of firearms after appointment and will be required to carry and use firearms in the performance of the duties of this position.
- Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
- Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
- Work is both in office and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes will be encountered in the performance of the outdoor work, which is often in remote and primitive areas and congested urban environments.
- Work must be conducted in a safe and orderly manner to avoid injury to self, coworkers, or property and will be conducted during both daylight and nighttime hours.
- Work requires physical exertion, such as walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces and bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; agility and dexterity; and the ability to drag or carry wildlife weighing over 100 pounds.
- Incumbent will be required to successfully obtain and maintain the appropriate pesticide applicator license(s) through completion of the necessary Certified Applicators courses and/or examinations within three months after appointment to the position.
- Incumbent will be required to successfully complete and maintain certification for the use of chemical immobilization and euthanasia compounds, use personal protective equipment and standardized necropsy procedures, identify foreign animal diseases in wildlife, and conduct other procedures critical to assigned duties.
- To fulfill field or laboratory requirements in this position, proof of specific vaccinations (including boosters) may be required as a condition of employment; may include, but is not limited to, pre-exposure and post-exposure vaccinations to prevent contracting preventable diseases.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
- General Administrative and Technical Skills
- Knowledge of Wildlife and Wildlife Behavior
- Managing Wildlife Damage
- Communication Skills – Interpersonal, Oral, and Written
- Leadership, Project/Unit Management
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.
Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully. To preview questions please click here.