To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level. Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position and demonstrates possession of the competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, examples of specialized experience include the following:
- Supervising a staff, largely comprised of advanced or expert scientific professionals, which administers research, education, and extension grants in Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources;
- Developing grant solicitations which call for research on Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources;
- Making public presentations or writing materials which relay science-based information to professional audiences;
- Collaborating with other scientific professionals to identify research priorities in Bioenergy, economics, or natural resources and translate them into grant solicitations;
- Analyzing and monitoring detailed budget information, including analysis of historical expenditures and categorizing them on spreadsheets for reports;
- Participating in scientific endeavors that involve Bioenergy including economics, natural resources, and crop production;
- Identifying outcome-based objectives which lead the development of strategic plans and portfolio reviews;
- Conducting pertinent research in the area of Bioenergy development and producing research-based and peer-reviewed publications;
- Fostering partnerships between university scientists, government agencies, and businesses to pursue science-based work.
This position has a minimum education requirement. You must possess only one of the requirements below to meet the minimum education requirement for the 0401 or 0101 occupational series.
GS-0401, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences
A) A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the fields listed above;
B) A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-0101, Social Science
A) A degree in a behavioral or social science, or related discipline appropriate to the position that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the behavioral or social sciences;
B) A combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field, as shown in A above.
C) Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrates that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
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 and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Technical Competence in Bioenergy
- Planning and Evaluating
- Interpersonal Skills
- Oral Communication
- Financial Management
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.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.