GS-13: To qualify for the GS-13, you must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes the following: 1) experience developing and evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems projects/programs; (2) expertise in scientific research related to Sustainable Bioenergy Systems, including peer-reviewed publications; and (3) experience obtaining grants and/or evaluating Sustainable Bioenergy Systems research, education and extension activities or programs.
GS-14:To qualify for the GS-14, you must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes those examples listed above as well as experience working as part of a transdisciplinary collaborative team to advance cutting-edge science and achieve priority outcomes; and experience in strategic planning within transdisciplinary teams, and experience in implementing transdisciplinary programs.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for this position, you must meet the minimum education requirement for this position. You must have A) a four year degree (or higher) in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines (such as industrial ecology) appropriate to the position; OR B) a combination of education and experience that included at least 24 semester hours of coursework in one or more of the fields listed in A above, that provided the applicant with knowledge of the discipline(s) equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Qualification requirements must be met by 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:
Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies:
1. Knowledge and expertise in scientific research related to Sustainable Bioenergy Systems.
2. Ability to use program planning principles and techniques.
3. Ability to develop program related budgets for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating system. If you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for this position, you will be rated on your possession of the competencies. Based on the extent and quality of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:
Best Qualified Category: Outstanding level based on review of resume and responses to the online questionnaire.
Well Qualified Category: Exceeds the minimum qualification requirements based on review of resume and responses to the online questionnaire.
Qualified Category: Meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well Qualified or Best Qualified described above.
Application of Veterans Preference: Category Rating and Selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles 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 level or higher.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.