The Biologist/Nutritionist/Food Technologist/Chemist (Staff Officer)position is an interdisciplinary position. This job may be filled by one of four different job series. You must meet all of the requirements for at least one of the job series in order to be considered. The two basic components of your experience that together define the qualifications are:
1. Specialized experience
1. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Candidates must have 1 year of specialized experience at the next lower band level, which is equal to what would have been gained if employed in Federal service.
Applicants who are applying for the AP-4 must have 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to the next lower band level, AP-3 (GS-11 or equivalent level in another pay system), in the Federal service. Experience may include serving as a recognized scientific expert or technical advisor and writing scientific policies and procedures on a national or organization-wide scale. Specialized experience may also include but is not limited to: performing consumer research studies, knowledge of commercial food processing techniques, and evaluating product formulation and nutrition data or performing biological or chemical analysis on edible goods for human consumption. Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience that demonstrates their ability to assist in providing key leadership to a program national in scope and to ensure that organization policies have strong scientific support.
2. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants to the AP-401, BIOLOGIST series must have : A Bachelor's degree in one of following fields: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position or courses equivalent to a major in any of these fields, as well as appropriate experience or additional education.
Applicants to the AP-630, NUTRITIONIST series must have: A Bachelor's degree in dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science.
Applicants to the AP-1382, FOOD TECHNOLOGIST series must have: A bachelor`s degree in: food technology, dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or biological or physical science that was comprised of at least 30 semester hours in basic biological and physical sciences, and included 20 semester hours in food technology. Applicants can also meet the education requirements by having college coursework equivalent to a major in any of these fields and appropriate experience as defined in the specialized experience requirements section.
Applicants to the AP-1320, CHEMIST series must have: A bachelor`s degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. Applicants can also meet the education requirements by having college coursework equivalent to a major in related disciplines shown above including 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, at least 6 semester hours of physics, and appropriate experience as defined in the specialized experience requirements section.
Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated ranking system, based on the online application process is used. Before a certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, (c) the resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents are submitted. To preview questions please click here.
Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. 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.
If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or are eligible for special hiring authorities and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.
The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the online job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. Competencies for this position include: language, mathematics, information processing, analytical, communication, leadership, personal characteristics (i.e. integrity and professional development), technical skills and knowledge, government laws/regulations, information technology fluency, and industry awareness. The categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A member 4 copy of the DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.