You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Applicable regulatory requirements, such as time-in-grade, must also be met by the closing date.
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 course work 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.
SELECTIVE FACTOR 1
This position requires demonstrated ability to independently use Program R to execute a Generalized Random Tessellated Stratified procedure and coupled with ArcGIS software to develop and identify survey locations.
BASIC EDUCATION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
A. Have a Bachelor's Degree with a major in a biological science that includes the following course work: 1) 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 2) 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. Please Note: You must submit transcripts to verify education claims.
B. Have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. This combination includes 1) at least 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects as described in "A" above; AND 2) 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences as listed above plus appropriate experience or additional education. Please Note: You must submit transcripts to verify education claims.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
A. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service performing at least 3 of the following duties: 1) Operating suction dredge to remove larval lamprey from sediment beds; 2) Operating deep water, boat-mounted electrofisher to immobilize and collect larval lamprey; 3) Conducting surveys to monitor and assess the abundance and distribution of lamprey and other non-salmonid populations; and 4) Collecting data on the status of lamprey habitat
B. Have successfully completed at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Master's degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.
C. Have a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) and specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of the first year/18 semester hours may be creditable when combining.
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)
- Dept. of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Service Motorboat Operator certification within 90 days of appointment.
- Electrofishing safety course within 90 days of appointment.
- 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 THE BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND HABITAT REQUIREMENTS OF AQUATIC SPECIES, INCLUDING LAMPREY, SALMONID AND MUSSELS.
- SKILL IN CONDUCTING SAMPLING, MONITORING AND DATA COLLECTION.
- ABILITY COMMUNICATE IDEAS AND WORK WITH OTHERS.
- SKILL IN OPERATING COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE PROGRAMS.
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.