Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department Of Agriculture - Logan, UT

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Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is located at the Logan Field Station of the USDA-APHIS-WS National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). The Station investigates the ecology, behavior, and environmental impact of predators, primarily the coyote, including predator-prey interactions, agricultural depredations, and development of methods for reducing or alleviating conflicts associated with wild predators. The animal care staff is responsible for the care of captive canids, for complying with animal welfare regulations, and for record management in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice and Animal Welfare Act standards.

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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 may include, but are not limited to:
Provides care for caged or penned captive animals, primarily coyotes; this requires feeding, cleaning kennels and pens, and handling animals with minimal stress to the animal.

Using a computer, inputs data and follows security procedures to preserve the records.

Ensures that appropriate veterinary medical care, as determined by a veterinarian, is available and implemented.

Collects daily records of animal behavior and response to environmental enrichment and for forming and following an environmental enrichment schedule.

Assist with planning and completing routine vaccinations, veterinary care as specified by a veterinarian, and necropsy procedures.

Maintains detailed knowledge of regulations and directives associated with the Animal Welfare Act, Good Laboratory Practices, Field Station Standard Operating Procedures, and other relevant documents and policies relating to animal welfare and activities at the Field Station.

Assists with research studies and other activities at the Millville Predator Research Facility.

Assists as directed in the selection of animals of the appropriate age, lineage, medical, and experimental background for studies as required by Field Station projects or cooperating agencies and institutions.

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

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

EDUCATION

GS-5: A full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses, such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been in wildlife.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.

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

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL

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 qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

Experience with word processing, databases, recordkeeping.

Experience with the care and handling of wildlife; specifically in a captive setting.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL

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 Technical and Medical Support 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 one year probationary period.

Position involves work at the research station (60%), in the office (35%), and occasionally in the field (5%); field work may involve abnormal working hours, and some research efforts may involve temporary duty assignments and travel.

The work requires vigorous activity, including lifting, carrying, pushing, and working outside in adverse conditions; ability to handle wild carnivores is essential.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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

Communication Skills – Interpersonal, Oral, Written

Ability to Prioritize Work, Meet Deadlines, Lead Others, and Supervise Staff

Ability to Diagnose and Treat Abnormal Animal, Livestock, Bird, Poultry, and Wildlife Conditions and Contagious Diseases

Knowledge of Wildlife, Avian, and Mammalian Species and Ability to Manage Wildlife Threats and Damage

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.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
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

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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