Biologist (0401): Degree: biological
sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related
disciplines appropriate to the position OR Combination of education and experience
courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or
(0408): Degree: biology, or
a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at
least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours
must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours
in physical and mathematical sciences.
Rangeland Management (0454): Degree: range management; or
a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination
of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as
follows: 1) At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management,
including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range
plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and
ranch or rangeland planning.; 2) At least 15 semester hours of directly related
courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course
in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil
sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant
ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil
classification are acceptable, and 3) At least 9 semester hours of course work
in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as
wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural
economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management OR Combination
of education and experience -- at least 42 semester hours of course work in the
combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources
management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional
GS-15: One year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the
Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of theories, principles, concepts
and methods of agricultural research programs relating to landscape ecology, range
management, and grazing systems.
2. Skill in planning,
coordinating and evaluating multidisciplinary research programs, and
interpreting and documenting research findings.
3. Ability to apply administrative and
management principles to establish goals and priorities, and assess and assign
resources required to accomplish programmatic goals.
4. Ability to develop and maintain
cooperative research programs with other scientists, government agencies,
colleges, universities, and professional societies and associations.
In addition, the following KSAs will be used to
evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process.
1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through
others (i.e., team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic
thinking, technology management and political savvy).
2. Ability to communicate with individuals or
groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
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 grade point average or class ranking 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.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.