Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-06: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05 grade level is qualifying for GS-06 grade level) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. Qualifying specialized experience is identifying native plant communities; using GIS/GPS technology to record, mark, retrieve, store and analyze scientific data and to produce maps of wetland habitat or other natural resource features; classifying and delineating land cover and vegetation from aerial photography; taking and recording scientific measurements; conducting biological surveys on wildlife and habitat; keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and report data; and assist in writing reports.
GS-07: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06 grade level is qualifying for the GS-07 grade level) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience is categorizing native plant communities; using satellite, GIS/GPS technology to produce maps, record, mark, retrieve, store and analyze scientific data; taking and recording scientific measurements; conducting biological surveys on waterfowl, wildlife and habitat; keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and report scientific data using statistical software; and writing reports.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-06: Successful completion of one-half year (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university which is directly related to the work of this position.
GS-07: Successful completion of one year (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university which is directly related to the work of this position.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-06 and GS-07 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
- Ability to use Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to produce maps using spatial data
- Ability to identify both native and introduced plants
- Ability to conduct biological surveys
- Ability to collect and compile biological data
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing
- Ability to perform resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., land restoration activities, general maintenance, fencing, invasive week control)
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified
2. Well Qualified
3. Better Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying 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 per week spent in such employment.
Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.