Wildlife Biologists (2)

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Fillmore, CA, USA
  • Jun 18, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


This Wildlife Biologist position is part of the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R8-18-10227504-SG-MP for current and former federal employees. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

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As a Wildlife Biologist, you will be responsible for the planning, analysis, and operation of the California Condor Recovery Program, a long-term endangered species recovery effort that has local, national and international attention. Major duties include:

  • Plan, implement, and analyze the recovery strategies of the California Condor Recovery Program.
  • Develop and conduct adaptive management actions or biological studies to achieve recovery objectives and gather field data to be used for iterative assessments and reporting.
  • Provide guidance and training to biological interns, partner staff and/or volunteers, ensuring field data is collected and maintained appropriately.
  • Conduct outreach to schools, private landowners, and other interested organizations to promote an increased understanding of management activities of the California Condor Recovery Program.

Physical Demands: This position involves a substantial amount of field work. Field work is at times strenuous, requiring exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, climbing and descending ropes hundreds of feet into cliff side nest cavities. Travel to remote study sites will be required using all-terrain vehicles, and/or on foot. Employee must be able to cope with the pressure of short time deadlines, responsibilities of logistics to remote areas, cultural conflicts, and adverse weather conditions including heat related temperature extremes. Employee may be required to lift objects, such as animal carcasses, weighing up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment: The work requires both office and outdoor work. Frequent travel is required to conduct field work, and to a lessor extent, attend meetings. The employee will be required to work flexible hours including at night in remote areas, sometimes camp in a wilderness setting, and regularly spend consecutive nights in refuge housing at a remote field station. The employee will be required to rappel and ascent in high angle environments, which requires a toleration for heights. The employee may be subject to large numbers of biting insects and noxious plant, such as poison oak or stinging nettle.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Extensive travel is required in this position.

Job Level

Entry-level,   Mid-level  


Government- Federal


$46,815 to $74,444 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 7 - 9.