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    This position is located within the Morphology Unit of the Forensics Branch at the Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory with the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in Ashland, Oregon. The mission of the Forensics Lab is to provide scientific support to federal wildlife crime investigations, for example by identifying wildlife evidence items to species or subspecies; determining cause of death of animal remains, and analyzing and comparing physical evidence that may link suspect, victim, and crime scene. The Forensic Scientist (Ornithology) conducts examinations of a wide variety of evidence types representing a diverse array of North American and international bird species, prepares analytical reports, and conducts technical reviews of analytical reports and related case notes.

    Annual Salary Range - Employees new to the Federal service begin at step 1

    GS-09: step 1 $48,968 - step 10 $63,654

    GS-11: step 1 $ 59,246 - step 10 $ 77,019

    This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures. If you want to be considered under both merit promotion and open competitive procedures, YOU MUST ALSO APPLY UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER R9-17-1841817-JH.

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    Conduct forensic examinations or comparisons of a wide range of evidence items to identify bird remains from all regions of the world to species.

    Determine the species, minimum number of individuals, age, and gender of birds in evidence assemblages.

     Assist in developing, modifying and verifying new analytical procedures in the field of morphology to identify items of bird evidence, including whole carcasses, parts and pieces, and products made from birds.

    Testify in criminal court proceedings and civil administration hearings as an expert witness in forensic ornithology.

    Acquire, verify, document and store known reference specimens which are essential for morphological identifications of birds at the laboratory.

    Interpret and report analytical findings for rapid utilization by law enforcement personnel

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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