Position Classification Title: Bio Sci Tech (Wildlife),Sr
Position Classification Code: U4066
Job Family: NMDA
Pay Level: 09
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:
Usually works with minimum supervision, confers with superior on unusual matters. Assignments are broad in nature, requiring originality and ingenuity with latitude for unrelieved action or decision.May be assisted by Associate/Intermediate level personnel. Incumbent is responsible for organizing, conducting, and implementing direct control operations within a large geographical area assigned by the Division Director, District Supervisor or State Director to control damage caused by avian or mammalian species. Inspects and surveys areas and prepares or revises existing programs. Assigned areas are ranches, farms, and urban communities within the county which are covered by agreements relating to the conduct of approved control methods. Prepares and assists in preparing and submitting routine and special reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events and other relevant data. Meets with private landowners, lessees, citizen groups or associations which seek predator control and negotiates local cooperative agreements. Serves as an expert instructor and conducts demonstrations and training for others, including other cooperators or interested groups, on damage control methods, procedures, and program objectives. This includes preliminary instructions and training of new personnel on WS equipment, devices, chemicals, firearms, etc., reporting procedures, field responsibilities and other technical aspects of the program. Responsible for reporting accomplishments, problems encountered, work locations, etc. to supervisor. Is entrusted with government-owned control equipment for which an inventory must be maintained and reported, including locations, acquisitions, returns, losses, and reason for same. Demonstrate respect for safety in all operations including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment. May participate in aerial hunting of predators as a gunner or ground crew member in areas where it is authorized by state law.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles, policies and objectives of the WS program together with an understanding of contradictory views or attitudes of opposing groups or agencies. Knowledge of the habits, characteristics and habitats occupied by a wide variety of avian and mammalian species that are, or that may become, a threat in terms of agricultural production, public health or human property or safety or natural resources. Knowledge of the various WS control methods and procedures, including the use of firearms, safety live traps and chemicals approved for WS operations. Control devices include the use of amplified distress calls, pyrotechnics, spray cannons, mechanical repellents and barriers, drop nets, rocket nets and various launchers. Knowledge of endangered species concepts, and familiarity with the ranges of the various endangered or threatened species that might come in conflict with any phase of the WS program.
short- and long-term planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; interpersonal and organizational communication, both oral and written.
Ability to interpret and apply local, state and federal policies, regulations, laws and ordinances that affect not only WS procedures but also wildlife species.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- High School diploma or GED certificate.
   Experience- Five (5) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- Completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate may substitute for years of experience.
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