Wildlife Biologist
Department Of Agriculture - Harrisburg, PA

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Relocation expenses will not be paid. 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.

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This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing.) For more details click: Term Appointments

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 KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship DUTIES:
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.

To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


A. DEGREE in biological science that included at least 30 semester hours of coursework in wildlife subjects. This course work must have included: At least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects such as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; AND at least 12 semester hours in zoology subjects such as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (excess wildlife courses may be used to meet zoology requirements where appropriate); AND at least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.


B. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE equivalent to a major in biological science with education as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.


GS-7: One year or 18 semester hours of graduate level education in wildlife biology, wildlife management, or wildlife ecology;


Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement .

GS-9: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, or wildlife ecology.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.

You are qualifying for the position based on education.

You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.

You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts .


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

Examples of GS-7 qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

Planning and carrying out wildlife damage control operations related to problems with birds in urban, rural, and suburban environments.

Operating safely and effectively in active construction and industrial work environments.

Interpreting and applying local, state, and federal laws, regulations, or ordinances pertaining to wildlife biology.

Developing appropriate and effective wildlife control strategies using different control techniques and methods, including exclusionary materials and devices, aversive agents, auditory devices, mechanical devices, environmental controls, toxicants, and firearms.

Communicating orally and in writing with individuals and small groups in order to coordinate and document wildlife service activities.

Understanding bird biology and behavior and being able to mitigate for identified attractants.

In addition to those listed for GS-7, examples of GS-9 qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

Researching wildlife control theories to help develop plans to mitigate damage caused by wildlife.

Preparing reports, management plans, and other documentation of program activities.

Persuading local industry representatives to adopt mitigation strategies.


Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions .

Special Conditions:
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DD214 (Member 4 Copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.

As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one-year trial period.

Transcripts must be submitted for this position.

Valid state driver's license required at time of hiring.

Must qualify in the use of firearms after appointment and will be required to carry and use firearms in the performance of the duties of this position.

Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.

Work is performed in both office and field locations and requires some physical exertion, including walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, and bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, or similar activities; must be able to lift moderate weights, and may be required to ride horseback in rough country.

There is regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk and discomfort, such as adverse weather conditions and noisy environments.

Safety precautions are necessary, and protective clothing/equipment are required.

Will be required to successfully obtain and maintain the appropriate pesticide applicator license(s) through completion of Certified Applicators courses and/or examinations within four months after appointment to position.

To fulfill laboratory requirements in this position, proof of specific vaccinations including boosters may be required as a condition of employment.

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.

General Administrative and Technical Skills

Knowledge of Wildlife and Wildlife Behavior

Managing Wildlife Damage

Communication Skills – Interpersonal, Oral, & Written

Leadership, Project/Unit Management

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.

If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

Range for GS-7: $38,790 to $50,431 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

Range for GS-9: $47,448 to $61,678 (incl. 14.16% locality pay) OTHER INFORMATION:

For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs

More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

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