You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
NOTE : All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.
If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
To qualify for the GS-0401 series as a Biologist you must meet one of the following scenarios:
A. You must have a degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. You must have a combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must meet one of the following scenarios to qualify for either the GS-11 or GS-12 grade level.
A. You must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a degree directly related to the work of this position.
B. You must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Government. This experience can be gained inside or outside the government, as long as it is equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: Implementing monitoring, detection or eradication plans for invasive species.
A. You must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. This experience can be gained inside or outside the government, as long as it is equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as: Developing and implementing monitoring, detection and eradication plans for invasive species.
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
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Must serve one-year trial period.
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
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 INTRODUCED AND NATIVE TERRESTRIAL SPECIES, WILDLIFE, AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY IN ISLAND ECOSYSTEMS
ABILITY TO FORM AND MAINTAIN PARTNERSHIPS REGARDING INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL
SKILL IN IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES FOR INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION, CONTROL, AND ERADICATION WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON BROWN TREE SNAKES
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.