Job Title: Science Advisor (Aquaculture)Job Announcement Number: ARS-D13N-0027
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Agricultural Research Service
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Term NTE 13 Months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table
Appointment Information: This is a TERM
position, not to exceed 13 months. This
position may be extended up to a total of 4 years at the discretion of management
without further competition. Telework is
This position is
located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Programs, Office
of International Research Programs (OIRP). The incumbent is
responsible for working to strengthen linkages between USAID's aquaculture and
fisheries research programs and Feed the Future objectives, and coordinating
USAID's relationship with USDA, other Federal agencies, universities and
external entities engaged in international research, in the areas of
aquaculture, fisheries, and aquatic resources. The incumbent will be assigned to
the Bureau of Food Security (BFS) at USAID.
The Office of International Research Programs
(OIRP) mission is to enhance the productivity, effectiveness, and impact of the
ARS National Programs through mutually beneficial international research and
development collaboration in agriculture and natural resources.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to
fill additional vacancies.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Suitable for Federal employment, ANACI (Secret) background investigation
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
- Travel: 2-3 nights/month
DUTIES:Back to top
incumbent serves as a technical resource in the area of aquaculture and
fisheries research and is responsible for maintaining an on-going, close
working relationship with the USAID direct-hire and other staff associated with
the International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs), Collaborative Research
Support Programs (CRSPs) and other BFS activities. The incumbent also:
- Reviews and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of the
international programs, and gathers and applies the latest research and
management information to advise on resolution of novel or controversial
situations for which standard or proven methods are not applicable.
- Works with other USAID scientific and regional experts to identify
the key issues and problem areas constraining increased productivity and
production of important aquaculture and fisheries products working
collaboratively within the USAID and with developing countries; also
drawing on U.S. Government, university, private sector and international
development community expertise including IARCs.
- Identifies and assesses critical less developed country (LDC)
needs; initiating relevant, collaborative research addressing these needs;
and technical service to and through USAID field missions for LDCs.
- Works with other USAID scientific and regional experts to integrate
aquaculture and fisheries activities into sustainable intensification
research and development programs with the explicit objectives of
increasing smallholder incomes and advancing household nutrition,
especially for women and children, through increased production and
consumption of aquaculture and fisheries products.
- Serves as a focal point in preparing briefing memorandum and
responses to Congressional and public inquiries on aquaculture/fisheries
research and development activities and related topics, including their
relevance to sustainable intensification and household nutrition
objectives under Feed the Future.
- Represents USAID at governmental, intergovernmental, private
sector, and joint meetings concerned with needed research and more
effective application of scientific findings to increase the productivity,
safety and nutritional quality of aquaculture and fisheries products. Of
particular importance is the continuing coordinated review and evaluation
of research on major aquaculture and fisheries products being undertaken
in the U.S. and abroad and effectively applying the results to USAID
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Basic Education Requirement:
Applicants must possess the following:
A. Degree: A bachelors (or higher) 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
GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year
of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal
Specialized experience is experience directly
related to the position to be filled.
The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their
resume (or application documents).
Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements
will not be deemed qualified.
- Knowledge of theories, research concepts, principles and practices
of aquaculture and fisheries sufficient to review and critically evaluate
the efficiency and effectiveness of the international programs.
- Knowledge of international research programs specifically related
to developing countries.
- Ability to analyze and apply new developments, methodologies, and
research findings to aquaculture and fisheries research and exchange
programs in developing countries.
- Skill in the preparation of scientific documents for use by a
variety of audiences.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.