GS-0408 - Research Ecologist - Degree: biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must include at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
GS-0454 - Research Rangeland Management Specialist - Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:
Range Management - At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or range planning.
Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences - At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.
Related Resource Management Studies: At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including sources in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resources or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management OR
A Combination of Education and Experience - at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, soil sciences, and natural resources management shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-12: In order to qualify, applicants MUST have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR one year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service.
GS-13: In order to qualify, applicants MUST demonstrate one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.
GS-14: In order to qualify, applicants MUST demonstrate one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service.
Graduate education MUST BE DIRECTLY RELATED to the work of the position and MUST HAVE EQUIPPED you with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to do the work.
Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The Specialized Experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of range science or ecology in order to support on-going research on adaptive rangeland management strategies.
2. Skill in using and evaluating state-and-transition models.
3. Ability to use remote sensing and/or quantitative field based measurements to evaluate the influence of management and climate variability on large landscapes of rangeland ecosystems.
4. Ability to understand complex interactions between livestock and other aspects of rangeland ecosystems in order to provide management strategies to a variety of land users.
5. Ability to conceive, plan, conduct, and report research results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
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.
To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A peer review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
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 MUST provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional and/or accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying; for more information go to the Office of Personnel Management's website.
Time-in-Grade restrictions apply for ALL candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
ALL 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 this Vacancy Anouncement.
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 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.