• U.S. Geological Survey
  • Homestead, FL, USA
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? 

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Salary: $53,786 (Step 01) to $69,923 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. 

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As a Biologist within the Fort Collins Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Collect Burmese Pythons and other invasive reptiles in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, conduct euthanasia and necropsies, identify reptiles, conduct field radiotelemetry, collect field data, and otherwise assist principal investigators with duties in southern Florida.
  • Construct, deploy, and troubleshoot traps, reptile enclosures, and other control tools, including checking all traps daily and handling/processing captured animals.
  • Provide information on the ecological impacts and management of Burmese Pythons and other invasive giant constrictors to a variety of interested parties, including: researchers; federal, state and territorial agencies; university cooperators and the public.
  • Manage daily activities for student workers, interns, volunteers, and lower-graded colleagues in fieldwork.
  • Compile data, prepare summary tables and figures and prepare reports for funding agencies and cooperators using Microsoft Office software.
  • Communicate research results and invasive species issues to a range of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • The work requires some physical exertion such as: long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activity; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy items weighing less than 23 kilograms (under 50 pounds) such as lifting and carrying stream gauging weights, data collection and monitoring devices, or sample trays.
  • The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with visiting field sites with limited access, under adverse weather or flooding conditions, or exposure to irritant or toxic chemicals. Work may require the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, or life jackets.

Closes 02/26/2018

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$53,786 to $69,923 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 09.