Wildlife Inspector

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About the organization

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country, including a headquarters office in Falls Church, Virginia, and eight regional offices representing the 12 Unified Interior Regions.


As a Wildlife Inspector you will be responsible for providing the nations front-line defense against illegal wildlife trade. Provide day-to-day monitoring of wildlife imports and exports facilitate legal trade. Your duties will include:


This position is assigned routine aspects of investigation/compliance cases, primarily for developmental purposes; receives detailed instructions with assignments at the beginning of the training period
Receives in-depth training in the application of risk targeting profiles and integrating a variety of data and human intelligence in order to determine the level of scrutiny required in a particular situation.

Under close guidance, performs inspection and compliance activities particularly for a wide range of transactions, special and unique conditions, and where there is a high risk of smuggling, fraud, and hostile incidents.

Plans, coordinates and carries out the full range of inspection and compliance activities for diverse and complex transactions, where there is a high risk of smuggling, fraud, and hostile incidents.

Monitors wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with U.S. and foreign wildlife protection laws Examines shipping containers and other transport mechanisms and related documents to ensure compliance with all pertinent laws.

Inspects wildlife, their parts or products, and may also open and examine receptacles, containers or packages, take samples, and examine and copy records.


Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a field of study that demonstrates the competencies required by this position with either (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at either the time of application or during the last two years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or, (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; or

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to perform developmental assignments and assist senior personnel in the analysis of routine investigation compliance cases, assisting with inspection, identification of wildlife, wildlife parts and products, using a variety of automated systems and equipment, apply concepts, principles, practices, and procedures of wildlife importation and exportation;

Or a combination of education and experience as listed above.

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$43,683 to $84,049 per year depending on experience

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

If the USAJobs Vacancy announcement (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/601842500#) is closed, RPCV with active NCE can apply by submitting an application packet directly to Acting Regional Supervisory Wildlife Inspector Laura DiPrizo, [email protected] Application packet must include Transcripts, Resume, Cover letter, and current NCE Letter. Please indicate on the cover letter for which duty stations you are applying.

20 vacancies in the following locations:

Anchorage, AK
Burlingame, CA
Torrance, CA
Doral, FL
Tampa, FL
Honolulu, HI
Rosemont, IL
Erlanger, KY
Louisville, KY
Detroit, MI
International Falls, MN
Minneapolis, MN
Pembina, ND
Portal, ND
Elizabeth, NJ
Amherst, NY
Valley Stream, NY
Memphis, TN
Blaine, WA
Redmond, WA

Duty Locations of Honolulu, HI and Redmond, WA - Physical locations will be Kona, HI and SeaTac, WA

Hiring for 20 duty stations is a huge undertaking, please be patient after submittal of application materials.

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