Biologists (4)

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Thief River Falls, MN, USA
  • Aug 08, 2018
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

4 vacancies in the following locations:

Summary

Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to “help people help the land?” For more than 83 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. 

As part of USDA’s new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, we are the focal point for assisting the voluntary conservation efforts of the nation’s farmers, ranchers and other stewards of agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands. We help these stewards plan and implement proven conservation systems through technical and financial assistance designed to enhance productivity, improve soil and water health, and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat. 

The NRCS employs over 10,000 professionals who work in over 3,000 locations, over 95 percent of whom are outside the Washington, D.C. area and covering every county in the U.S. We value our employees and are committed to employee engagement and work/life balance programs. We are also part of the USDA, which was ranked 7th among all federal agencies as a “best place to work” through the FY2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. 

We need people who are committed to action through public service-- people who want to apply their education and experience to help ensure that all of us enjoy the benefits that come from a healthy environment and productive agriculture. Please consider joining us and helping to make a difference for generations to come.

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Responsibilities

The Biologist serves under the supervision of a designated Wetland Agency Expert, and performs duties which assist in carrying out a coordinated natural resources conservation program tailored to customers' needs. 

  • Provides assistance to producers and other NRCS personnel on wetland conservation activities associated with the Swampbuster provisions of the Food Security Act, as amended. Works with senior specialists to develop expertise to perform wetland determinations, make maintenance evaluations, and to perform related activities.
  • Gathers the necessary data and works in the field with producers and other NRCS personnel to conduct on-site investigations for wetland determinations.
  • Services requests for reconsideration of determinations the employee has issued.
  • Maintains liaison with other NRCS specialists regarding wetland related activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 15% of the time.


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Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

Salary $41,365 to $57,502 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 07.