To qualify, you must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Degree in one of the basic animal sciences or physiology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 24 semester hours in the basic animal sciences, of which 10 semester hours were in animal physiology.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENT LISTED ABOVE: Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.
GS-12: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, zoology, biology, ecology, physiology, comparative biochemistry, or other related field.
THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
- This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
- You are qualifying for the position based on education.
- You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12/13 GRADE LEVELS
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
- Planning and conducting wildlife contraceptive studies and wildlife damage management in order to provide tools, information, and solutions to wildlife management.
- Using information learned in contemporary high-level college classes related to ecology, biology, statistics, mathematics, and/or modeling to design studies, further the scientific process, and produce new knowledge.
- Conducting research studies using scientific principles, analyzing results, and communicating the research through professional publications or scientific presentations.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL
Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions
- As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
- Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
- Valid state driver's license required at time of hiring.
- This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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- Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
- Supervisory Competencies – Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management, Other (Ability to lead and present scientific findings for a research project)
- Ability to conceive, develop, and conduct research with a variety of species in accordance with the scientific method
- Knowledge and experience in vertebrate biology, reproductive physiology, immunology, virology, microbiology
- Knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, and regulatory controls governing research, development, and registration of wildlife damage management materials
- Ability to develop and manage research projects to resolve crop damage and/or nuisance, health, and/or safety problems caused by birds and other animals
- Skill in using a wide variety of laboratory instrumentation and techniques, such as western blot and ELISA, associated with the research disciplines
- An automated scoring system will be used to initially rate your application based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses. Based on your responses, you may be invited to participate in a structured interview.
- Your final rating will be based on your cumulative score from the structured interview and/or assessment questionnaire. We will use your final rating to determine if you are among the best qualified candidates referred for selection consideration.
- Basically qualified applicants who are eligible for selection consideration under a noncompetitive hiring authority will be referred for consideration without going through the structured interview.