Position Title: Wildlife Refuge Specialist
Organization: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Location: Valentine, NE, Huron and Crosby, SD
As a Wildlife Refuge Specialist your duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Responsible for the day-to-day operational aspects of coordinating, planning, and carrying out various duties involved with the effective and efficient running of Refuge/Wetland Management District (WMD) biological programs and services.
- Develop and foster partnerships with other Federal, state and local agencies, and private organizations to protect lands around the Refuge/WMD.
- Participate in the review of projects proposed by other bureaus/agencies, stakeholders/partners (i.e., U.S. Forest Service, state fish and wildlife agencies, Tribal representatives), identifying possible conflicts with refuge management objectives, and develops comments and recommendations for the Wildlife Refuge Manager.
- Provide the Wildlife Refuge Manager and other senior management input for, and assists in, the preparation of interagency cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and subsequent modifications, and assists in the administration of these agreements.
- Implement land and wetland use programs or management techniques designed to improve wildlife habitat such as invasive species control, weed control, seeding, haying, and any other practices.
- May participate in the management and administration of Refuge/WMD interests in land acquisition and/or easement activities that would require working cooperatively with realty specialists and landowners.
- Prepare Special Use Permits, as needed, for activities such as grazing, planting and harvesting hay or other crops, wildlife and ecological research, and/or commercial filming.
- Participate in the development of required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation (or portions thereof) including Environmental Assessments (EAs), Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultations, archeological clearances, and similar actions.
- Prepare Comprehensive Conservation Plans, Habitat Management Plans, Land Acquisition and Protection Plans, and similar action plans.
- Apply current and changing natural resources laws, rules, and regulations that affect the National Wildlife Refuge System (e.g., water rights, rights-of-way, oil and gas, easements, and fee title lands).
- Assist with the planning and directing of the Refuge/WMD’s comprehensive public relations/public use program – including off-refuge programs, interpretive and educational programs, wildlife dependent recreation (hunting, fishing, wildlife observation), and other recreational management activities.
- Participate in the design of outreach and educational programs for the community.
- Manage Refuge/WMD volunteer programs and supervise volunteer work.
- Administer the facilities and equipment management program.
- Utilize engineering and construction techniques as applied to Refuge/WMD infrastructure, training and operation of heavy equipment, reporting requirements (e.g., real property inventories, personal property inventories, SAMMS, annual maintenance, energy reports, etc.), safety rules, and environmental compliance reporting requirements.
- Completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelors or higher degree with major in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology that included at least 9 semester hours in zoology; 6 semester hours in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in botany, and 3 semester hours in conservation biology. OR
- Completed courses in an accredited college or university equivalent to a major in zoology, wildlife management, or appropriate field of biology that included at least 9 semester hours in zoology; 6 semester hours in such wildlife courses as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, or wildlife management; 3 semester hours in botany, and 3 semester hours in conservation biology PLUS appropriate experience and/or additional education comparable to the completion of a 4-year course of study. OR
- Previously occupied a position in the GS-0485 series prior to December 3, 2010, and meet the basic education requirement of the previous qualification standard. Previous standard: bachelor or higher degree with major in zoology, wildlife management, or an appropriate field of biology, that includes 9 semester hours in zoology; 6 semester hours in wildlife; and 9 semester hours in botany. NOTE: To qualify under this option, you must submit your transcripts and a copy of your SF-50 (Personnel Action), dated prior to Dec 3, 2010, showing that you held a position in the GS-0485 series.
Salary: $53,433 to $84,049 per year
Application Deadline: September 14
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