You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
Note: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.
If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
To qualify for this position your application package must demonstrate that you meet both the Basic Qualification Requirement and the Additional Qualification Requirement, as outlined below.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
To meet this requirement your application package must demonstrate either A or B, as outlined below.
A. Completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to fish and wildlife biology; or
B. Completion of an appropriate combination of education and experience which includes completion of courses equivalent to a major field of study (24 semester hours) as in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
To meet this requirement your application package must demonstrate either A, B, or C, as outlined below.
A. Completion of one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Conducting ecological investigations on land or water development proposals or 2) Conducting habitat conservation or restoration projects; or
B. Completion of at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Master's degree in a field directly related to this position, which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work; or
C. Completion of a combination of graduate-level education (as described in B above) specialized experience (as describe in A above), such that the percentage of required education plus the percentage of required experience would equal 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours or equivalent) may be creditable when combining.
Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. If selected, official transcripts are required.
Accredited Education: All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
1. Knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of fish, wildlife, and conservation biology to apply solutions to problems affecting natural resources.
2. Ability to assess the effects of land and water development proposals on the natural resources of an area.
3. Ability to convey scientific issues orally.
4. Ability to communicate scientific issues through writing.
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.