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 animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaculture, or a closely related field;
- Developing grant solicitations which call for research in animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaculture, or a closely related field;
- Making public presentations and writing materials which relay science-based information to both professional and non-technical audiences;
- Collaborating with other scientific professionals to identify research priorities in animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaculture or a closely related field 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 animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaculture, or a closely related field;
- Identifying outcome-based objectives which lead the development of strategic plans and portfolio reviews;
- Conducting pertinent research, education, or extension in the area of animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaculture or related field and producing research-based and peer-reviewed publications; and
- Evaluating the progress of significant research, education, or extension efforts.
Animal Systems includes knowledge and experience in animal reproduction, nutrition, genetics, physiology, environmental stress, product quality, management, health, well-being, and/or bio-security of beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, swine, aquaculture, sheep, goats, and/or horses.
This position has a minimum education requirement. You must possess one of the requirements below to meet the minimum education requirement for the 0401 occupational series:
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.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.
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:
Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. 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 Animal Systems
- Planning and Evaluating
- Interpersonal Skills
- Oral Communications
- 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.