About the Agency
The incumbent serves as a Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program for the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and performs assignments involving program delivery, management, and administration with minimal supervision. The work is primarily concerned with wildlife damage management operations relating to assessment, reduction, and/or elimination of problems associated with birds, mammals, and other types of wildlife in urban, suburban, and rural environments.
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. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts wildlife damage management activities where there is a demonstrated need consistent with the planned use of any given area to prevent or reduce losses to property, agriculture, and natural resources, or to protect human health and safety.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other agencies, organizations, institutions, industry groups, and individuals in meeting program needs and goals.
- Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic, or political considerations.
- Communicates safe and effective damage control techniques through extension and other channels to the general public.
- Assists supervisor in the development and conduct of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes and documents.
- Recommends, through supervisor, areas for potential research or developmental study, and may assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices, or methods.
- Supports WS safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols.
- Prepares required scientific and administrative program reports.
- Occasional Travel
- Work is performed in both office and field locations.