For more information about the qualifications requirements for the position: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1360.htm
Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences. OR Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Only successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet positive education requirements. Foreign education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you 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 or the education has been accepted by an accredited U.S. Institution of higher learning.
In addition to the education requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-2 (GS-9 equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: (1) Experience developing and managing independent research projects. (2) Experience in investigating the impact of ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems. (3) Experience in designing, conducting, and publishing research in peer-reviewed, scientific journals;developing and deploying long-term monitoring systems on coral reef ecosystems.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: *Ability to function as a principal investigator for a research project. * Ability to interpret oceanographic results in order to produce high impact peer-reviewed publications. *Skill in presenting research findings to colleagues at regional, national or international oceanographic meetings. *Ability to direct personnel to successfully execute field and laboratory projects in coral reef ecology. 5 Knowledge of long-term coral reef monitoring. *Skill in interpreting data from long-term monitoring. * Ability to successfully perform underwater scientific research tasks. *Ability to write proposals in order to obtain funding to conduct coral reef research.
For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf>Category Rating. To preview questions please click here.