GS-5: Applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level, OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, if required.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience such as, knowledge of common sampling techniques to assess forest demographics, including measuring growth and abundance of trees and seedlings and identifying them by species, determining causes of death, particularly related to bark beetle attack, dwarf mistletoe, white pine blister rust infection, and their associated symptoms, and other similar biological resource management and assessment activities relating to forest health and population dynamics using established protocols and standard scientific equipment.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work.
COMBINING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. If education is used to meet the specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. Courses may have included biology, chemistry, statistics, plant ecology, botany, plant taxonomy, & vegetation sciences.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. If education is used to meet the specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. Courses may have included biology, chemistry, statistics, plant ecology, botany, plant taxonomy, & vegetation sciences.
The work involves large amounts of time outside under a variety of conditions, including high elevations (over 10,000 feet) and extreme heat and cold. Temperatures in the foothills may reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit for periods of days. High elevations may receive snow storms in the middle of summer. Much of the field season will be spent camping in remote locations in Wilderness. Field work will involve hiking long distances carrying backpacks, and possibly tools and other equipment. Office work may involve hours of computer use.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job-specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.
To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the assessment questionnaire will be conducted. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your competencies. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not hiring you.
Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP or ICTAP programs must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. WELL QUALIFIED is defined as an eligible CTAP/ICTAP applicant who meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all quality ranking factors.'
Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your 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.
Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume.