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USDA Forest Service
WV, United States
22 days ago
Morgantown, WV, United States
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USDA Forest Service
West Virginia, United States
22 days ago


Two position are being filled on the Monongahela National Forest. One position is located on the Greenbrier Ranger District with duty location of Bartow, WV and one on the Marlinton-White Sulfur Ranger District with duty location Marlinton, WV.

The incumbent is responsible for providing professional expertise in the protection, management, and improvement of wildlife within the framework of multiple-use management of forests.

Duties include:

  • Review and recommend habitat management and improvement plans for technical soundness and adequacy in meeting overall wildlife management objectives.
  • Prepare project work plans and coordinate project work with other Unit personnel taking into consideration wildlife habitat requirements in relation to other multiple-use management of forest and range activities.
  • Recognize problems that may develop and recommends preventative or mitigative actions.
  • Plan and execute administrative studies and surveys to obtain information on the effects of forest management on wildlife populations, harvest, and movements.
  • Recognize problems that may develop and recommends preventative or mitigative actions.
  • Participate on interdisciplinary teams for evaluating the impact of Forest Service or non-Forest Service activities on National Forest lands.
  • Review Environmental Assessments to determine the adequacy of coordination of wildlife needs.
  • Monitor wildlife program activities for selected wildlife species, including annual surveys to determine the status of endangered, threatened, sensitive, and other wildlife species, and animal damage surveys.
  • Provide assistance in preparing and reviewing environmental assessments and environmental impact statements affecting wildlife resources.
  • Perform supervisory duties up to 20%.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, must submit proof of vaccination or request a religious or reasonable accommodation.


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.

Basic Requirement for GS-486 Wildlife Biologist series:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in 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.
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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:
Specialized Experience refers to experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade.

For the GS-11: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided input in the wildlife management program by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to determine environmental conditions, characteristics, and values, and the interrelationship of wildlife resources with other resources; Analyzed data and recommended solutions to problems involving a limited section of wildlife resources issues; Provided input in the preparation, maintenance, and revision of wildlife plans that involved interpretation of data obtained from studies and field surveys.
OR Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled);
OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

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.


See "Qualifications" section for education requirements.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 59820046
  • Location:
    West Virginia, United States
  • Position Title: Wildlife Biologist, GS-0486-11
  • Company Name: USDA Forest Service
  • Job Function: Wildlife Biologist
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $64,649.00 (Yearly Salary)

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