Position Classification Title: Bio Sci Tech (Wildlife),Assoc
Position Classification Code: U4049
Job Family: NMDA
Pay Level: 07
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Works in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (WS) Program, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Focus is wildlife management and use of control techniques aimed at controlling wildlife damage,when they conflict with man's economic interest, health or safety. Efforts are primarily concerned with Wildlife Services operations related to the cessation, alleviation or mitigation of problems created by carnivores, rodents, birds and other predatory animals in urban or rural environments.
Standard Duties:
Using established procedures and working under immediate supervision, performs tasks such as serving as a member of the WS workforce engaged in animal damage control operations. Duties relate to wildlife management and the use of control techniques aimed at controlling wildlife damage,particularly that of predatory animals, when they conflict with man's economic interest, health or safety.Incumbent will be required to be familiar with and know how to use various devices, chemicals, tools, firearms and related equipment utilized in animal and bird damage control operations. Prepares baits and constructs or sets devices, lures, traps, etc., in accordance with standard operational procedures. Responsible for, and may instruct others in, the maintenance, repair and safekeeping of tools, supplies and equipment issued. When using M-44 or other toxic materials, must maintain records pursuant to the State Pesticide statutes and regulations and Environmental Protection Agency use restrictions. Must be able to identify predator or rodent species by sight, sound, tracks, type of depredation or damage present, examine other appropriate evidence, and correctly identify such damage situations and relate them to the depredating species.Coordinates animal control efforts with the cooperators and cooperator's contractors, particularly in relation to public use. Incumbent provides routine reports on wildlife damage control related problems. Records observations, sightings, activities, or other events daily and reports these to the supervisor. Must conduct all operations using approved safety procedures and in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, and USDA, APHIS, and WS policies. May participate in aerial hunting of predators as a gunner or ground crew member in areas where it is authorized by state law.Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the WS program and animal damage control techniques and practices. Knowledge of the appropriate local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the Wildlife Service program. Practical knowledge and experience in animal damage control techniques to perform a limited range of technical assistance and field operations to control animal damage. Basic knowledge of biological relationships as they relate to wildlife management techniques.
short- and long-term planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; interpersonal and organizational communication, both oral and written.
develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- High School diploma or GED certificate.
   Experience- No previous work experience required.
   Equivalency- None
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-