You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
A. Degree: zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:
One year of full-time experience at the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as conducting natural history and scientific collections-based research in areas of systematic biology and Recent vertebrates (in the disciplines of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology), as evidenced by one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications in taxonomic specialization; and using collections for research or planning the maintenance of such collections. Part-time and/or unpaid experience
related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Or a Combination:
Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards
. Special Instructions for Foreign Education:
If you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and
completed proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
- Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
- If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations should be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites http://www.naces.org/, http://www.fceatlanta.com/, or www.ies.aacrao.org to obtain these evaluations.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
- Ability to conduct original, collections-based scientific research in systematic biology, broadly defined, of Recent vertebrates, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or their equivalent in the areas of herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, and/or ornithology.
- Knowledge of natural history collections (for example, curation practices and procedures for collections in specialty area), collection building or enhancement (through, for example, fieldwork or exchange of materials, information technology, or specimen metadata) in the field of vertebrate zoology.
- Ability to deliver oral presentations and/or seminars to secure external funding, reach out to the public (for example, communicating orally or otherwise to non-scientific audiences), and perform professional service (for example, as a reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal, or service in a professional society or organization), or mentoring.
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
Applicants assigned to the Best Category, who are referred to the selecting official, may be asked to provide additional materials to include CV’s, reference letters and research statements. To preview questions please click here.