You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. You must have one of the following:
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science that included at least 6 semester (9 quarter) 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. An appropriate combination of education and experience which totals 4 years with courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., core courses, 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 noted above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination and education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities comparable to those normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study. Experience and education will each be computed as percentages of the overall 4 year requirement and must total 100 percent when combined.
All applicants must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you currently occupy, or have previously held, a position in this occupational series, you must provide transcripts with your application. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Combining of Education and Experience: To combine education and experience, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3rds. For undergraduate education, divide the number of semester hours by 120. For graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18 or the number your school uses to represent one year of full-time study. To determine the percentage of qualifying experience, divide the total months of acceptable specialized experience by 12 months. Add your percentages of education and experience together. The two percentages must total at least 100%.
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
- Direct deposit of salary payment
- Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business
- Incumbent is required to respond to alarms on the evenings and weekends, as assigned. Alarm must be responded to timely in order to ensure Hatchery specimens remain viable.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
- Knowledge of Fish Culture
- Knowledge of Data Analysis Techniques
- Ability to Communicate in Writing
- Ability to Communicate Orally
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.