Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website here.
BASIC EDUCATION Requirements FOR THIS SERIES:
A. Degree: major in biological science that included: At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biological science(i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
This announcement requires transcripts.
*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.
*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
In addition to basic requirements above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower band/grade level (ZP-3/GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
For the ZP-4, specialized experience includes one or more of the following: Experience in directing and conducting full stock assessments; Experience managing large, multifaceted research programs; Experience teaching courses such as ecology, mathematical modeling, population dynamics, statistics or sampling design at the university level; Experience with publications relating to population dynamics, ecology and stock assessment.
Education cannot be substituted at the ZP-4 level.
Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However,your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the"gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
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- Ability to supervise and mentor scientific and technical staff.
- Skill in directing programs relating to data collection, stock assessments, or natural resource management.
- Knowledge of fishery stock assessment techniques, including statistical catch at age models, and analytical software packages.
- Skill in developing advice for fishery conservation and management programs under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Act, Endangered Species Act, and /or Marine Mammal Protection Act.
- Skill in communicating technical information to scientific and lay audiences.
- Skill in conducting statistical analyses with fish or ecological data.
- Skill interacting with natural resource agencies; industry; environmental and scientific groups.