Research Biologist (Invasive Parakeet Management)

Kauai County, Hawaii
$64,017.00 plus COLA per year
Apr 11, 2019
May 08, 2019
Employment Type
Full time, Temporary / Seasonal
Salary Type

OPEN DATE: 4/11/19




POSITION TITLE: Research Biologist (Invasive Parakeet Management)




TYPE OF POSITION:          Term; 13 Month Appointment


                                                Excepted Service; Full Benefits


                                                May be extended up to a total of 4 years












Relocation Expenses Authorized: No Relocation


SALARY: $ 64,017.00 plus COLA  Per Year






  • 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:


  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license.


  • Resume (Must include: "From" & "To" Dates of Employment, Hours per week worked, Salary and/or Grade Level)
  • Transcripts (If qualifying with education or combination of education & experience)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and VA letter as required for Veteran preference. (If Applicable)
  • 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. (If Applicable)

HOW TO APPLY Interested individuals should send a resume, transcripts, and veteran documentation (if applicable) to:


Shane R. Siers ( by the closing date of this announcement. NWRC Hawai’i Field Station, PO Box 10880, Hilo, Hawaii 96721 Tel: (808) 932-4751



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. Additional materials not listed above (i.e. position descriptions, training certificates, etc.) may not be considered.


DUTIES Summary: The mission of the NWRC Hawai’i Field Station is to develop and test methods and strategies to manage invasive species impacts to agriculture, natural resources, and human health and safety on Hawai’i, Guam, and other U.S.-managed lands in the Pacific Basin. Because NWRC has no facilities on Kauai, the duty station will be incumbent’s place of residence on Kauai. The Hawaii State Legislature has appropriated funding to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to support research on invasive Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) damage mitigation and population reduction strategies


Duties may include, but not limited to the following:


  • Establish protocols for pilot studies to evaluate the most promising control tools for invasive Rose-ringed Parakeets on Kauai.
  • Conduct up to three field trials of the most promising control tools to evaluate efficacy and practicality.
  • Update parakeet habitat uses, daily dispersal patterns, and overall range on Kauai
  • Develop an effective control plan for reducing the parakeet population on Kauai.
  • Implement an experimental parakeet population reduction action as a practical evaluation of the control plan.
  • Will take the lead in developing techniques for investigations and is expected to fully participate in the entire research process, including field work, data analysis, writing reports of results for peer-reviewed publication, and oral data presentations at professional conferences.
  • Regular interaction with the U.S. Military, other Federal Agencies, State and Local agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED Basic Requirement (All applicants must meet this requirement at the time of application):


  1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position (Zoology, Ecology, Biology, Statistics, or Wildlife and/or Conservation Biology).



  1. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1. Above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the GS-11 Grade Level: In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, federal) sectors which demonstrate experience in:


  • Field experience in avian ecology, population biology, and bird damage management.
  • Experience with telemetry and/or other methods of quantifying bird abundance, movement, and behavior.
  • Experience with conducting scientific literature reviews, publishing scientific investigation results, as well as collecting and reviewing detail-oriented scientific data, as part of research studies, which may include laboratory, captive animal and field work.
  • Experience using data analysis software statistical software, and model evaluation.
  • Experience publishing scientific investigation results in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience utilizing a high degree of written and verbal communication skills.



3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one of the following: Zoology, Ecology, Biology, Statistics, or Wildlife and/or Conservation Biology, or closely related field.




Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education in the fields of Zoology, Ecology, Biology, Statistics, Wildlife and/or Conservation Biology, or related field and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.



HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications may be referred to the hiring manager for selection. Qualified candidates eligible for veterans’ preference will receive referral and selection priority over non- veterans.



  • As a condition of employment, an appropriate security clearance is required for this position. You must be able to pass a government background check and meet any additional requirements.

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).


  • Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing. (Applicable for positions handling firearms)
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license. Operation of Government-owned or leased vehicles is a requirement. (Applicable for positions utilizing government owned/leased vehicles)
  • Must have the legal and physical ability to possess and use firearms. (If Applicable)
  • Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, control devices, and equipment.

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.


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.


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.

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. More than one position may be selected from this announcement.