All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, August 02, 2013.
Wildlife Biology Series, 0486
Individual Occupational Requirements
Bachelor degree or higher in biological science that included:
At least 9 semester hours in such wildlife subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, or research courses in the field of wildlife biology; and
At least 12 semester hours in zoology in such subjects as general zoology, invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, cellular biology, parasitology, entomology, or research courses in such subjects (Excess courses in wildlife biology may be used to meet the zoology requirements where appropriate.); and
At least 9 semester hours in botany or the related plant sciences.
Combination of education and experience: equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience Required
You must have one year of specialized experience that equipped you with the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in Federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include: Demonstrated expert knowledge of herpetology science and conservation management; Demonstrated knowledge of herpetology policy, law and regulation across federal departments and bureaus.
Selective Factors (Mandatory you must possess these skills):
Experience in planning and coordinating activities amongst Federal and State agencies pursuant to applicable federal and state regulations and statutes designed to prevent or mitigate impacts to amphibian and reptile resources.
Experience in designing, implementing, and reporting scientific studies that address key issues of amphibian and reptile conservation management.
Quality Ranking Factors:
Experience in applying herpetology theories, concepts, principles, and practices to the development, application, and evaluation of public policy.
Experience in effectively communicating with and influencing high-level officials in policy making roles such as those in federal agencies, state and local regulatory agencies, congressional staffs, universities, non-governmental organizations, private industry, etc.
**Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
Demonstrated knowledge of herpetology science and conservation management.
Demonstrated knowledge of herpetology policy, law and regulation across federal and state departments and bureaus.
Demonstrated skills and the ability in building and fostering relationships in both the private and public sector for amphibian and reptile conservation.
There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.
PLEASE NOTE: this position has basic educational requirements. Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts (or a list of courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to an employment offer.
To be creditable, education above the high school level completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, Department of Education.
For further information on creditable education, visit: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes
Please refer to the specialty code requirements below when selecting a specialty code for consideration.
001, All United States Citizens - United States Citizens
002, Noncompetitive Appointing Authority Noncompetitive appointment consideration for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Disabled Veteran Program, Severely Handicapped, Peace Corps, please see list of noncompetitive appointing authorities: are you eligible ?
The qualification requirements are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions, available for review at: OPM qualifications information .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the assessment questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click on the View Occupational Questionnaire.
You will be scored based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
If you meet the qualification requirements you will be placed in one of three Quality Categories (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified) based on your score. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without preference points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e: DD-214, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.
Best Qualified : Those candidates who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including the selective factors and quality ranking factors. Candidates must be highly proficient in requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, are proficient in most of the requirements of the position, and should meet the quality rating factors.
Qualified : Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the job including selective placement factors, and may be proficient in some of the requirements of the position.
If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position. A rating of "well-qualified" will be given to those candidates who in addition to meeting all qualification requirements possess the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the position at a level which clearly exceeds the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This level is met when an applicant receives the score equal to receiving an average rating of Fully Successful or higher for each one of the rating factors considered in the announcement. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information please visit the OPM's Career Transition Resources website.