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Job Title:  Science Advisor (Aquaculture)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:  ARS-D13N-0027

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
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 available.

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 Program’s (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


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The 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 assistance programs.


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Basic Education Requirement:  

Applicants must possess the following: 

A. Degree: A bachelor’s (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 education.  

Additional Qualifications:

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Government.   

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are: 

  1. 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.
  2. Knowledge of international research programs specifically related to developing countries.
  3. Ability to analyze and apply new developments, methodologies, and research findings to aquaculture and fisheries research and exchange programs in developing countries.
  4. Skill in the preparation of scientific documents for use by a variety of audiences.
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.

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.



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. 


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:



Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, March 05, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application
Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 840714.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   


The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)
  • Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking

Supporting documents (if applicable):

  • Veterans' documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc.)
  • Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.



Keli Martin
Phone: (301)504-1584
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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