Wildlife Biologist

USDA Forest Service
Tonto National Forest
Job Field: 
Job Field: 
Job Field: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Location Detail: 
Phoenix, AZ
Job Description: 
The Tonto National Forest (TNF) will be advertising to fill a GS-0486-12 permanent full time supervisory forest wildlife biologist position located in the Supervisor’s Office of the Tonto National Forest located in Phoenix, AZ. This position reports directly to the Ecosystem Staff Officer and serves as the forest wildlife representative, providing overall leadership, coordination, planning, and implementation of the wildlife program. Provides programmatic guidance for all wildlife and TES resource activities on the Forest. Reviews and provides guidance for the development of wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans to ensure adherence to established laws, regional and local policies, and Forest Service regulations and standards. Inspects habitat improvement projects for compliance with approved plans and recommends habitat protection or improvements. Serves as the budget coordinator in assigned program areas and leads development of the budget and annual program of work and for the program. This is a supervisory position. In addition to terrestrial habitat improvement work and inventory and monitoring projects, the wildlife program provides support to an array of other resources, some of which have a heavy workload. These programs include: grazing, timber, and fuels management; mineral operations; and large recreation program; watershed restoration; and fisheries. Integration with other resource areas is key to making the wildlife program a success. The Forest Wildlife Biologist position would be involved with developing or maintaining a variety of partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, and special interest groups. Travel management planning is ongoing. The TNF will initiate a four-year forest plan revision efforts beginning January 2014. The forest wildlife biologist will support these efforts as an extended team member.
We are looking for someone with a passion for wildlife management and an interest in leading change for a complex program.
The TNF is the fifth largest in the United States and encompasses a variety of ecosystems ranging from Sonoran desert to mixed conifer forest. These ecosystems are home to many terrestrial, aquatic, and bird species. The TNF is situated adjacent to the fifth largest city in Phoenix, AZ adding complexity to managing a wildlife program. ABOUT THE FOREST: The Tonto National Forest is adjacent to the Phoenix metro area and is one of the most heavily visited units in the National Forest System. From the desert to the tall timber, the Tonto National Forest consists of a spectacular three million acres of cactus, chaparral, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer north and east of Phoenix up to the Mogollon Rim. The variety of vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forests. The Forest is the fifth largest in the United States and has six ranger districts operating in a complex, sensitive political, social, and media environment. The Forest receives national attention concerning such issues as recreation use, range management, fire management, minerals management, and the wildland urban interface. This is an outstanding opportunity for professional development, community involvement, and program leadership.
How to Apply: 
If you are interested in applying for this position or receiving more information, ask for an Outreach Form from: Chuck Denton, Ecosystem Staff Officer e-mail: cdenton02@fs.fed.us 2324 E. McDowell Phoenix, AZ 85006 phone: (602) 225-5252
01/24/2014 (All day)
Last updated January 02, 2014