Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS : For the Research Fish Biologist, ZP-0482-3/4: Applicants must have a degree with major study in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included: - At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and - At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and - At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics. For the Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4: Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. OR a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This announcement requires transcripts.
*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.
*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ABOVE: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal government. Specialized experience for the ZP-3 level is defined as : Experience in fisheries biology and in real world stock assessments; AND Experience in statistics or mathematics, software commonly used in fisheries, and in working with diverse technical groups OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Master's or equivalent directly related graduate degree. Specialized experience for the ZP-4 level is defined as: Produce reliable results from stock assessment or other statistical models used in biology; AND apply stock assessment or other statistical models to difficult problems or in novel ways; AND conduct research and publish results in scientific journals; AND lead or work as part of a team; AND have oral and written communication skills with technical and lay audiences. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Master's or equivalent directly related graduate degree. Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of population dynamics, fishery stock assessment and related research.
- Knowledge of marine or aquatic ecology and fishery biology.
- Skill in conducting real-world stock assessments.
- Ability to use software commonly used in fisheries stock assessment.
- Knowledge of statistics and biometrics.
- Skill in publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
- Ability to communicate technical information orally to a wide variety of audiences.
- Skill in working with diverse technical groups.
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