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Job Title:Research Rangeland Management Specialist/Research Ecologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:RA-13-016-H

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0408/0454-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE Two Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Mandan, ND United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations.  ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both  Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under "Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment" at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm
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This position requires frequent overnight travel to conduct research at remote sites.

 

** Announcement Is Open Until Filled Or October 1, 2013 **

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A Ph.D. is required

DUTIES:

Major Duties: The incumbent participates in team research with specific responsibility for improving ecological indicators of grazingland (rangeland and pastureland) health resulting in an integrated grazingland health assessment tool for use in management and conservation planning. Specific duties include: determining relationships between plant diversity in grazingland and indicators of grazingland health; documenting long-term changes in vegetation composition on Great Plains grazinglands using historical and current data; and contributing to a multi-location effort on assessing management and conservation practices on grazinglands at multiple scales. The incumbent: quantifies plant species diversity through the design, execution, and analysis of on-site surveys of vegetation and soils at multiple locations across the Great Plains; assembles historical vegetation data into a usable database for testing vegetation models, and summarizes and interprets research results for inlcusion in peer-reviewed scientific publications.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position requires a recent Ph.D in rangeland sciences, ecology, agronomy, biology or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge of contemporary quantitative statistics (spatial and multivariate), grazingland ecology, and livestock production and skill in rangeland plant identification is required. Experience with geographic information systems and the construction and management of large databases is desirable.

Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.  Application materials will not be returned.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying; for more information go to the Office of Personnel Management's website.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".


BENEFITS:

A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year; for more information go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation and Other Incentives: Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P & P 412.5, Recruitment & Retention Incentives & Other Special Pay, Sections 6 & 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 & 05-412.5, found at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf; see also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm.

Veteran's Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment): If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System: Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below:

Mail: USDA, ARS, Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 459, Mandan, North Dakota, 58554

E-mail: Matt.Sanderson@ars.usda.gov

Fax: 701.667.3054 

If sending your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files.  They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If application packages do not contain all of the requested information, you may lose consideration for the job.  To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.   Some of the items listed may not apply to you.  NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST

__ Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or other document outlining your qualifications

The following information is required of all applicants:
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Indicate country of citizenship
__Copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Only if claiming veteran's preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the supporting documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference).  Visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp to obtain the form.

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of work experience include:
          ___Job title
          ___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
          ___Duties and accomplishments
          ___Employer's name and address
          ___Supervisor's name and contact information
          ___Starting and ending dates of employment (at least month/year)
          ___Number of hours worked per week
          ___Salary
          ___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

__ Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
          ___Certificates/licenses (current)
          ___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
       
__ Copy of college transcripts (If you have non-conventional education, e.g., foreign study, continuing education units, life experience, etc., go to the web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a and look under the heading Other Education for information governing acceptability of this type of education.)

 

As an Applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, you must also submit the following:

__  A one-page abstract of Ph.D. dissertation

__  A resume of any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitations); and publications.

__  A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, and recognition.

If this is your first time applying for a federal job, or if you wish to view more detailed information about  various aspects of applying for federal jobs, go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Matt Sanderson
Phone: (701)667-3010
TDD: 202855-1234
Email: MATT.SANDERSON@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
NPA Mandan ND
Northern Great Plains Research Lab
1701 10th Avenue SW
Mandan, ND
58554

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be received and reviewed for consideration until a selection has been made.

Control Number: 332099000
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