All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
For the GS-07 Grade Level
- Experience: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the federal service. General experience: Any type of work that demonstrates the applicants ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the position. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Biological Science Technician. Specialized experience includes research activity or control program work, use of standard laboratory equipment, ability to write reports and documents, academic training in the natural sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, microscopy, hydrology, aquatic biology or ecology, and experience in basic monitoring techniques in aquatic ecology and biology.
- Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. Courses related to the occupations such as Biology, Chemistry, Natural Resources, or Environmental Science from an accredited college or university.
- Combing Education and Experience: When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for the grade level.
- Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
- Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. If you cannot obtain a copy of your transcripts you may submit a list of courses, with course name, credit hours, and grade point average. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
- Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. 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.
For candidates who are eligible under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), well qualified means an applicant who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.
1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.
3. You will be required to do some travel.
4. Work Schedule will be maxiflex, Monday through Friday; you will be expected to work some weekends.
5. Passing a drug test will be required in order to operate a motor boat.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.
- Knowledge of and skills in procedures and practices of laboratory that uses a compound microscope for plankton sample analysis for identification of Dreissenid veligers. Knowledge and skills using imaging flow cytometry (FlowCAM) for plankton sample analysis for identification of Dreissenid veligers. Knowledge and skills in procedures and practices of analysis for identification of Dreissenid veligers.
- Skills and ability to plan, organize and conduct field work for plankton sampling for mussel monitoring. Ability to operate motor boats for the purpose of plankton sampling. Ability to carry our safe field operations and procedures while collecting plankton samples.
- Knowledge and skills in laboratory QA/QC activities and equipment maintenance.
- Skills and ability using word processing software, speadsheets, and databases. Skills and ability using global positioning systems (GPS) to navigate to and record locations. Skills and ability to produce maps using geographic information systems (GIS). Ability and skills consolidating stats, preparing figures, maintaining accurate records, and preparing reports. Skills using statistical software programs.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (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.
Category Group III (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.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.). Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
Order of Consideration: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.