To Qualify at the GS-05 Level:
Specialized Experience: At least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service:
- Utilizing various techniques to gather biological samples
- Identifying, measuring, or counting organism or the environment, and recording the data
- Performing a variety of behavioral or measured data collection activities in support of field resource management projects
Educations: Four years above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of course from an accredited college or university, with course work related to the biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. (You MUST submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts indicating degree earned, credit hours, and course titles).
Combination: A combination of specialized experience and education listed above that when combined total at least 100%. for example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the required experience) and 3 years of college study from an accredited intimation (75% of the qualifying education) and at least 18 semester hours in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%. (MUST SUBMIT UNOFFICAL TRANSCRIPTS)
To Qualify at the GS-06 Level
Specialized Experience: At least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service:
- Assisting in the development of resource management project reports, including literature research, description of methods, summary or results
- Entering and modifying biological data in a computer database
- Performing a variety of behavioral or measured data collection activities
- Utilizing various techniques to gather biological samples
Education: Half a year of graduate level education (9 semester hours) in biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. (MUST SUBMIT UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS)
Combination: A combination of specialized experience and at least 6 semester hours of graduate level education in biological sciences such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, such that the percentage of requires experience plus the percentage of education equals 100%. (MUST SUBMIT UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS)
All 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.
This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.
1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.
2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.
4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.
5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.
6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.
7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.
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 veterans' 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:Knowledge of the principles of biochemistry research
Knowledge of processes, methods, and procedures
Ability to use scientific instrumentation
Skill in operation and maintenance of equipment systems
Ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data
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.