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Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Biotech/R&D/Science Jobs
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
December 04, 2017
US Fish and Wildlife Service
CA, Sacramento
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Entry Level
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$43,895 to $58,373 per year

About US Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We help protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and our living treasures. Our major responsibilities are for migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish. Most of our employees work in one of our 560 National Wildlife Refuges, 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 86 Ecological Service Field Stations, 8 Regional Office or our Headquarters in Falls Church, VA. There are over 9,000 people who work in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in over 700 duty stations around the world, in a variety of career fields.

Contact name
Brian Lawler

Job description

This position is being advertised on and is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific West Regions, Regional Hiring Initiative to fill professional biological science/natural resource management positions at the GS-07 grade level.

As a Fish and Wildlife Biologist you will be responsible for providing expertise in the field of fish and wildlife biology to coordinate and conduct a wide range of biological investigations involving complex natural resources. At the developmental level (GS-7), you will be provided a period of growth that involves both on-and-off the job training in overall objectives to be accomplished for progression towards the full performance level (GS-11).



  • Independently perform routine, less complex studies or assessments or work with a senior biologist on larger more complex by assisting in planning, conducting, analyzing, and reporting on complex investigations/assessments in order to determine the impact of various land and water resource development projects, proposals and/or license applications/renewals on the fish and wildlife resources of an area.

  • Research potential impacts of proposed Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened and endangered species and prepares draft biological opinions as required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments for the supervisor's review and/or discussion.

  • Participate in the review and/or preparation of biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions on Federal fish and wildlife resources of concern.

  • Accompany supervisor or senior biologists conducting private land wetland impact restorations including, but not all inclusive, landowner contacts, mapping, surveying, staking, construction monitoring, and seeding; and assists with preparing management plans for restored areas.

  • Independently review and process routine research/recovery permits and other recovery/ESA-related documents to ensure correct form(s) are submitted and are accurately completed and signed; establishes due dates; and provides general technical information regarding the permit submission process to biologists in the Ecological Service's field offices.

  • Assist in the development, coordination, and review of plans that may encompass any and all Service programs that affect fish and/or wildlife and their habitat conditions including, but not limited to, fire management, moist soil management, cooperative farming, wetland management, water quantity/quality, timber/forestry, or grassland management and/or restoration.

  • Plan, organize, and conduct biological work and/or habitat preservation studies. Analyzes results and develops objective reports on progress and completion of studies, uses data to recommend improvements in current management practices.

  • Accompany supervisor and senior staff to various meetings, hearings, and events to discuss proposed or existing development projects in order to develop and foster effective partnerships and develop expertise if independently representing the Service at professional meetings and other meetings pertaining to species associated with the ESA.