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Biological Science Technician

  2024-03-26     USDA APHIS Wildlife Services     Lihue  


OPEN DATE:  March 12, 2024

CLOSING DATE:  March 25, 2024

POSITION TITLE:  Biological Science Technician

TYPE OF POSITION:  Term Appointment with possibility for Benefits, Excepted Service

Not to Exceed 13 months (may be extended up to 4 years)

WORK SCHEDULE:  This is a full-time maxi-flex position, 80-hour pay period, occasional overtime. 

Person selected for this position will not begin until after April 20, 2024.


SERIES/GRADE:  GS-0404-3/4/5


LOCATION:  Lihue, Kauai HI 

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty to this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

SALARY:  $35,499-$53,695 per year

GS Locality Pay Tables can be access at:

In addition to salary, selectee will be eligible for Cost-of-Living Allowance based on location.

Salary will be based on previous work/experience and education.             


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 18 years old
  • If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions (proof of registration and/or exemption required).      Website:


Resume that includes:

  • Personal information such as name, address, contact information
  • Education
  • Detailed work experience related to this position as described in the announcement including: 
    • Work schedule including hours per week 
    • Dates of employment; 
    • Title, series, grade (if applicable)
  • All supervisors' phone numbers and if they may be contacted
  • Other qualifications
  • Transcripts (if qualifying on education, education must have been obtained from an accredited institution. Education completed in a foreign institution must include an evaluation by an organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs that it was deemed equivalent to an accredited U.S. education program, see: Foreign Education Evaluation. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 copy)
  • VA letter required if claiming disabled Veteran`s Preference
  • Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. 


  • Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered. 
  • Applicants who do not submit the required items listed above may not be considered. 
  • Applications with all supporting documents must be submitted to the contact office and must be RECEIVED by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. 
  • Reference the job announcement number noted above in the resume or the email.

Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, veteran documentation (if applicable) to the address listed here:


Terina Kane-Brede, Administrative Support Assistant

USDA Wildlife Services

3375 Koapaka St Suite H-420

Honolulu, HI 96819


IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you should need the forms identified in above paragraph, feel free to contact 808-853-0348 for a copy.


Responsible for conducting direct control operations planned and organized by others to reduce wildlife damage within a geographical area or technical/subject area of program involvement.

Uses wildlife damage management (WDM) tools/devices which may include some or all of the following depending on need in assigned area: firearms; foothold, body-grip, cage traps; foot snares; neck snares; chemical control methods; pyrotechnics; noise cannons/exploders; drop nets; rocket/cannon nets; various other scaring devices.

Utilizes working knowledge of WDM methods and strategies to independently recommend appropriate WDM strategies which alleviate wildlife damage for cooperators and the general public through technical assistance. 

May be required to use chemical immobilization and euthanasia drugs to capture and handle wildlife under the general guidance of a higher-graded or more experienced employee.

Assists Wildlife Biologists or higher-graded staff by correctly identifying common, current or recent damage problems and relating them to the damage-causing species.

Determines and selects the most effective means of control through consultation with supervisor or other higher-graded or more experienced employees.

Provides appropriate technical assistance recommendations on typical wildlife and WDM issues on a limited basis. Appropriate recommendations require a general knowledge of Federal, State and local wildlife and WDM specific regulations and policies.

May recommend and facilitate the submission and receipt of depredation permits for the general public through the appropriate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Migratory Bird Office.

Maintains inventories and compiles reports of government-provided equipment and supplies including locations, acquisitions, returns, losses, and reason therefore.

Enters data into established WDM database/system of record. Uses data to prepare and submit routine reports regarding daily, weekly or monthly activities, observations, events.

Responsible for reporting accomplishments, problems encountered, work locations, etc. to supervisor.

Maintains records of chemical control use to comply with State and Federal regulatory requirements.

On a limited basis, may assist in conducting basic demonstrations and training for cooperators or other interested groups on WDM methods, procedures, and program objectives.

May assist in training others in certain aspects of the use of one or more WDM methods, under close supervision of a higher-graded employee or other recognized expert.

Carries out duties in accordance with program decisions made in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) under guidance and oversight by supervisor.

Must be familiar with a limited range of various threatened and endangered species, and their habitats, that are or may be affected by program activities within area of jurisdiction. 

Complies with restrictions and mitigation measures established through consultation with relevant Federal and State agencies. 

Demonstrates a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices and materials, and equipment. 

Conducts all operations using approved safety procedures and in accordance with local, State and Federal laws and regulations, and USDA, APHIS, and WS policies. 

Identifies safety-related opportunities and challenges and communicates them to the supervisor. 

Supports the WS safety program and procedures through participation in meetings, inspections, and implementation of safety requirements and protocols. 

Obtains and maintains pesticide applicator licenses, permits, or other similar authorizations as necessary. 

May assist WS research efforts by participating in field tests of proposed damage control materials, devices or methods or providing biological or other specimens.


To qualify, applicants MUST meet all minimum qualification requirements, except Medical Requirements, by the closing date of the announcement.

Specialized Experience Requirements GS-0404-03/04/05 Biological Science Technician:

Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience or education requirements specified below:


General Experience at the GS-0404-3 Grade Level: 

Applicants must have 6 months of work experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the duties of the position that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, State, Federal) sections. 


Education Substitution at the GS-3 Level: 

Successful completion of l year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. 

Specialized experience at the GS-0404-4 Grade Level:

Applicant must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience to perform the work of the position. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.  Must demonstrate experience in:

  • Using wildlife damage control techniques (including, but not limited to) predator, rodent and bird control toxicants, techniques, traps, snares and formulating scents and baits;
  • Prepare reports regarding activities, observations, events, and other relevant data collected;
  • Inspect and survey areas with the ability to recognize various wildlife;
  • Recognize habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a variety of avian and mammalian wildlife species.


Education at the GS-4

For GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled (Wildlife).


Specialized experience at the GS-0404-5 Grade Level:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-4 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrate experience in: 

  • Experience in wildlife damage mitigation methods and techniques. 
  • Experience using lethal and non-lethal animal control techniques. 
  • Conducting basic computer operations for record keeping, data analysis, report writing and correspondence. 
  • Meeting and communicating with individuals or groups


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with major study, or at least 24 semester hours, in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, with at least 6 semester hours in wildlife. 


Combination of Education and Experience at the GS-5 Grade Level: 

Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.


  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have  federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Successfully pass the E- Verify employment verification check. To learn more about  E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Must obtain or have a valid U.S. driver`s license.  Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is required. 
  • Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
  • Must have a knowledge of and be capable of using:
    • Working with the public and other cooperating agencies
    • Communication skills
    • Electronic equipment (GPS, Trimble, computer)
  • Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.
  • In order to perform the essential duties of this position, you must have the legal and physical ability to possess and discharge firearms. You must be able to pass a government background check and meet any additional requirements to carry and use firearms. A background check will include answering questions about where you`ve lived, worked, went to school, and any military history or police records. Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check).

Emergency Response – APHIS is an emergency response agency.  This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS.  It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur – and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years.  In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description.  While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee`s current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty state location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment.  Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum.

Failure to follow application instructions regarding filing appropriate forms and answering questions may result in loss of employment considerations for this position.  All applications must be signed, dated, and received by the closing date of this announcement.


Carrying a firearm is a condition of employment – In the passing of the Lautenberg Amendment, Congress passed legislation which prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm or ammunition. If selected you will be required to sign the form, “Inquiry for Positions Requiring Possession of Firearms,” certifying that you meet this criteria.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

Reasonable Accommodation Policy- 

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis. 

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations: 

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Relocation costs will not be paid for this position.

Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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