To qualify for this position you must meet the criteria outlined in the Basic Qualifications section AND the Additional Requirements section. In addition, the "Selective Factor" must be met only if qualifying based on education.
In order to meet the basic qualifications of this position you must meet the criteria, outlined below, to be eligible for the specific series.
To qualify for the Geneticist, GS-0440 series, you must meet the following scenario:
1.) A Bachelors degree in Genetics or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.
Note on Graduate Education: Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, provided it placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.
To qualify for the Fish Biologist, GS-0482 series, you must meet one of the following scenarios:
A. Possess a degree with a major in a biological science that included:
· At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and
· At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.).
B. Possess a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. This requires that you possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience.
A) Have at least two years, full-time of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to fish biology or genetics. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.
B) Have one year of full-time, specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as performing at least three of the following activities:
1) Using DNA markers and automated DNA analyzers/sequencers to collect genotypic data, gene frequency, and DNA sequence data on populations of fish; AND
2) Extracting and archiving DNA from fish populations; AND
3) Utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify target genes/sequences; AND
4) Conducting molecular genetic analyses of salmonid fishes.
You must meet the following selective factor, in addition to the requirements described above, IF you are qualifying based on education. If you are qualifying based on one year of specialized experience this selective factor does not apply to you.
You must have completed additional coursework that included lab work and was obtained through training or an educational institution in the fields of either: molecular genetics, molecular ecology, evolutionary genetics, genomics, population genetics, fish genetics, conservation genetics, or genetic analysis. This coursework must be in addition to what is used to meet the basic qualifications of the position i.e., courses credited towards meeting the basic education requirement cannot be used to meet this requirement. This will be documented by either course transcripts or a completion of training certificate. If it is not evident by the course or training title that the course is included in the fields mentioned then documentation must be submitted that shows how the coursework or training relates to one of the fields required.NOTE: If qualifying based on specialized experience, your resume must clearly describe your specialized experience, as indicated above, or you may be found not qualified for this position.