Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Biologist in Springfield, Missouri

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • 1 vacancy - Springfield, MO
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 12/7/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

The incumbent of this position serves as a Wildlife Biologist within the Wildlife Services (WS) Program for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The incumbent 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. The WS Program provides federal leadership in addressing wildlife damage problems to protect agriculture, property, natural resources and human health and safety.

*Salary Information: *First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

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


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. Represents the WS Program at meetings, conferences and workshops with these groups.
  • Modifies or adapts established damage control techniques as necessary to meet local conditions and address specific environmental, economic or political considerations.
  • 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. May assist the WS research effort by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices or methods.
  • Obtains and maintains pesticide applicator licenses, permits, or other authorizations, and may be required to assist with pesticide use/certification training in cooperation with State agencies and land grant universities.
  • Prepares required scientific and administrative program reports.
  • Supports Wildlife Services safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols. Identifies safety-related opportunities and challenges to the supervisor.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for training and work assignments may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: A. Degree: biological science that included:

  • At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
  • At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and
  • At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences. OR

B. Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL:Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that demonstrates:

  • Experience communicating with local landowners, state and federal agency landholders to conduct and organize state wide feral swine projects.
  • Experience communicating with upper management in a variety of state and federal agencies or private organization on any and all feral swine management issues.
  • Experience being the team lead on multiple control projects.
  • Experience talking to the media on feral swine damage related issues.
  • Experience developing and instructing wildlife training classes and giving presentations at technical conferences and workshops.
  • Experience designing and analyzing spread sheets and data bases to monitor state wide feral swine damage and taking data.
  • Experience in recognizing, as well as training other employees and landowners, to identify feral swine by sight, sound, tracks and damage. OR

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology or a closely related field or masters or equivalent graduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

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.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-X 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: [SELECT ONLY ONE LINK BELOW]Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • Work is performed in both office and field locations, and requires some physical exertion. Physical exertion includes walking over wet, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or similar activities.
  • The work requires agility and dexterity. Incumbent must be able to lift moderate weights.
  • There is regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk and discomfort, such as adverse weather conditions and noisy environments.
  • In order to carry out assigned duties, incumbent must be able to operate a motor vehicle and must possess a valid State driver’s license, and/or commercial license if required.
  • The incumbent will be required to successfully obtain and maintain the appropriate pesticide applicator license(s), through completion of the necessary Certified Applicators courses and/or examinations within four months after appointment to the position.
  • To fulfill field or laboratory requirements in this position, proof of specific vaccinations, including boosters may be required as a condition of employment.
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPMs Career Transition Resources website.
  • 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: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0486-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Control Number: 457787800

Job Announcement Number: 24WS-APHIS-MA-2017-0150