Biological Science Technician (Wildlife):
Department Of Agriculture

Department Of Agriculture
Island Park Idaho
* Duties




This is a temporary position located on either a Forest Service Research or National Forest unit. The incumbent provides technical assistance to professional research and/or natural resource personnel by accomplishing biological wildlife related support work.

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* The work performed is traditional hands-on wildlife work.
* The incumbent performs any of the assignments listed below related to all types of wildlife, including small mammals, birds, carnivores, megafauna, fish, reptiles, amphibians, etc.
* Individually, or as a crewmember, performs complex tasks in carrying out recurring wildlife-related projects, such as assisting in developing sampling methods.
* Collecting field data on wildlife and vegetation for use by others in developing a variety of maps, management plans, and environmental analysis reports.
* Performs a variety of recurring duties in the assigned area. Schedules, organizes, and executes field wildlife projects for detecting identifying and evaluating habitat management.
* Using prescribed procedures, the technician resolves regular and recurring problems concerning wildlife project plans for habitat management.
* Collects, complies, and summarizes the data that is obtained on wildlife habitat and vegetation for preparation of wildlife species, range allotment, deer herd, and other maps and management plans.
* Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation types; conducts routine analyses; and provides the biological and vegetation data from records and fieldwork to professional personnel after checking it.
* Developing explanations for unusually high or low figures or figures that seem inconsistent to determine past wildlife and livestock use. Collects data for big game, upland game, raptors, small mammals, and threatened and endangered species.
* Subsequently, assists with development of reports after higher graded employees have refined and verified the data and analyzed the results.
* Ensures that a sufficient supply of reagents, standards and controls are available at all times by ordering an adequate supply from commercial sources or preparing a variety of specialized solutions or reagents.
* Using established procedures, calibrates, controls, and maintains a variety of instrumentation, laboratory, and field equipment.
* When calibration falls outside acceptable limits, incumbent uses independent judgment in adjusting either the procedure or the mechanical device used in the determination to bring the procedures into good quality control.
* Keeps accurate records and reports on the full range of research activities. Collects and performs a preliminary analysis of biological and physical data, including the inventory of habitat conditions and the needs and population of wildlife.
* Tabulates and orders acquired field data prior to computer analysis. Computes and summarizes data and prepares charts, graphs, and figures for data analysis and public presentation.
* Works with project collaborators and stakeholders in order to ensure cooperation, research integrity, and the achievement of agency objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0404 Biological Science Technician

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* Requirements



Conditions of Employment

* You must be a US Citizen or US National.
* Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
* Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
* 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.
* Must be 18 years of age
* Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-Verify


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

GS-06: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5)

GS-06: There is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

Examples of specialized experience include: Completing wildlife habitat project work, and/or assessing wildlife habitat environments, requirements, and inhabitants; and collecting field data on wildlife habitat and vegetation, species condition, location, and status for habitat management and improvement plans. Compiling biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation type, wildlife, and livestock use.

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.

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.