qualify for this position, you must meet the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in
federal service. Specialized experience is all or the majority of experience in
a research activity, to include keeping records, maintaining proper animal
environment and sanitary conditions, and having knowledge of animal nutrition and
Successfully completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a
bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any
combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry,
statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or
mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly
related to the position to be filled. (Transcript Required - If you do not
provide a copy of your transcript, your application packet may not be
Possession of equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience
as described above to meet the total requirements of the position. Note: Only
education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading
to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience
requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond
the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. (Transcript
Required - If you do not provide a copy of your transcript, your application
packet may not be processed.)
QUALITY RATING FACTOR: A Quality Ranking
Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the
basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a
position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: Experience using the
policies and procedures of Animal Research Facility and Association for
Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
*Quality Ranking Factors are skills,
knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected
to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not
be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with
higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on
a quality ranking factor.
A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours
of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time
actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit
for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and
responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such
A transcript or course listing from an accredited
institution must be submitted if you are basing all or part of your
qualifications on education. Applications submitted without this
information may not be considered.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge,
Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment
questionnaire for this position. (Narrative responses not required.)
of proper animal nutrition, feeding and watering techniques of large and small
animals, and animal husbandry.
of animal science techniques and proper cage cleaning and sanitation
to follow oral and written instructions.
to perform various duties in an animal research laboratory.
Requirements and Work Conditions: The
work requires some physical exertion, including walking, bending, stooping,
reaching and lifting of animal cages.
There is exposure to fur and/or animal dander. The work area is the
Veterinary Medical Unit of Research Service.
more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United
States Office of Personnel Managements website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR
EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not
support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.