Job Overview


Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-5

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.  From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.  You too can make a difference in our world.  The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?

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These are full-time temporary positions.  These appointments may be extended for a total of 2 years without further advertisement.

Multiple positions will be filled from this vacancy announcement.

These positions will be located at one of the following National Wildlife Refuge stations:

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville, NJ

Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna, DE

Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA

Cape May NWR in Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Chincoteague NWR in Chincoteague, VA

Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR in Cape Charles, VA

Parker River NWR in Newburyport, MA

Prime Hook NWR in Milton, DE

Rachel Carson NWR in Wells, ME

Rhode Island NWR in Charlestown, RI

Stewart B. McKinney NWR in Westbrook, CT

Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR in Warsaw, VA

Long Island NWR in Shirley, NY

Monomoy NWR in Chatham, MA


As a Biological Science Technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

Conduct wildlife and waterfowl censuses, including bird surveys, using specific sight and sound sampling techniques;

  • Assisting with capturing, handling, and tagging/banding birds and wildlife;
  • Conducting vegetation monitoring surveys under the general guidance of the Refuge Biologist;
  • Investigating the effects of management actions on habitat conditions;
  • Compiling biological data in electronic databases to prepare memos and reports; and
  • Identifying invasive plant species and applying herbicides.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend training or meetings

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    31 vacancies in the following locations

    • Westbrook, CT
    • Milton, DE
    • Smyrna, DE
    • Chatham, MA
    • Newburyport, MA
    • Wells, ME
    • Cape May Courthouse, NJ
    • Oceanville, NJ
    • Shirley, NY
    • Charlestown, RI
    • Cape Charles, VA
    • Chincoteague, VA
    • Virginia Beach, VA
    • Warsaw, VA