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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

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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

    This job is open to…

    This position is opened to all individuals who are recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a QUALIFYING associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, AND Preference eligible veterans who are recent graduates, or who were not able to apply within the two years after receiving the degree, due military service

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.       
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Agency contact information

Joeanna Headen


US Fish and Wildlife Service Virginia
Division of Human Capital
5275 Leesburg Pike MS-BPHC
Falls Church, VA 22041
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