MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry, or related Biological Science disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a major, as shown in (A) above (24 semester hours of progressive courses in the Biological Sciences field leading to a degree). Experience must demonstrate the applicant possesses the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have Specialized Experience and/or directly related education in the amounts below:
GS-7: 1 year of directly related, graduate-level education -or- Superior Academic Achievement -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service -OR- combination of education and experience.
GS-9: 2 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education -or- Master's or equivalent graduate degree -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.
GS-11: 3 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education, -or- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Service -OR- combination of education and experience.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement is based on 1) class standing, 2)grade-point average, or 3) honor society membership. Specific requirements are: 1) Class Standing: Upper third of graduating class based on completed courses; 2a) Grade Point Average: 3.0 or higher as recorded on official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education; 2b) based on courses completed during the final full 2 years of curriculum; -OR- 2c) 3.5 or higher based on average of courses completed in the specific major field of study; or 3) Honor Society Membership: Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society listed in the Association of College Honor Societies, Booklet of Information, and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.)
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-07: Experience in one (01) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources involving multi-disciplinary teams.
GS-09: Experience in at least two (02) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources studies involving inter-disciplinary teams.
GS-11: Experience in at least three (03) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources studies involving inter-disciplinary teams.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified, 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete. To preview questions please click here.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online question:
1. Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of water and natural resource management.
2. Knowledge of Reclamation guidelines regarding water contracts, grants, and agreements.
3. Ability to plan work in advance, prepare schedules, and monitor work accomplishments and budget expectations related to natural resources studies, contracts and agreements. Ability to work on/with a variety of teams.
4. Skill in oral communications to effectively communicate with internal and external customers and the public.
5. Skill in written communications to prepare correspondence, permits and letters; and to review and/or prepare reports, budgets, and environmental documents.
Applicants' answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.