Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department Of Agriculture - Idleyld Park, OR

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located in Region 6, on the Diamond Lake Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest in Idleyld Park, Oregon. This is a seasonal term appointment. For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Jeff Bohler at 541-498-2351 or email at .

This is a wildlife biological science technician position and is responsible for performing a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of wildlife habitat on the unit.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years. Term employment does not confer competitive (permanent) status, not entitle the Term employee to noncompetitive appointment to permanent jobs.

The incumbent will be guaranteed 18 pay periods of full-time work per year. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay / non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U. S. Citizen to apply
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Current driver license. DUTIES:
Implementation of habitat management projects including scheduling, equipment and materials acquisition, workforce management and monitoring.

Implementation of habitat management projects may include vegetation or environmental material manipulations. Projects may include forest stand thinning, noxious weed control, forage fertilization, removal of undesired vegetation, earthen berms to close roads, or wetland developments.

Crewboss for 2-4 person seasonal crew.

Operates Government vehicles that meet the definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle, which requires the operator to possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Duties listed are at the full performance level. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

GS-06: Qualifying experience for the GS-06 level includes 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Specialized experience may include the following: Performed duties in support of the wildlife management program. Assignments involved constructing or completing habitat project such watershed development, fencing, or clearing areas to establish food that is more desirable or cover habitat. Utilized a variety of tools to collect and record data such as numbers, measurements, weights, samples, and special notes. Kept records of all data and developed these into statistical reports.

***For the GS-06 there is no substitution of education for this position.

GS-07 : Qualifying experience for the GS-07 includes 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level. Specialized experience may include the following: Scheduled, organized, and executed field wildlife projects for detecting identifying and evaluating habitat management. Scheduled daily activities, establishes maintenance schedules, compiled and summarized data and developed reports on wildlife operation. Collected, compiled and summarized the data obtained on wildlife habitat and vegetation for preparation of wildlife species, range allotment, deer herd, and other maps and management plans. Supervised a seasonal crew.


Successful completion of one (1) year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.

  • OR
A combination of education and experience listed above.

Selective Placement Factor: Must possess a valid d rivers’ license.

Selective Placement Factor: Must possess or be able to acquire within 60 days, a Commercial Drivers’ license (CDL).

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Must possess (or be able to acquire within 60 days) and maintain a valid commercial driver's license.
  • This position requires the selectee to obtain or possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use unless they currently occupy a TDP under the DOT/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing Program. Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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