This position is being filled through one of the following series: GS-0408 or GS-0460.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.
Bachelor's 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 have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
Bachelor's Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:
Management of Renewable Resources -- study of the science and art of managing renewable resources to attain desired results. Examples of creditable courses in this area include silviculture, forest management operations, timber management, wildland fire science or fire management, utilization of forest resources, forest regulation, recreational land management, watershed management, and wildlife or range habitat management.
Forest Biology -- study of the classification, distribution, characteristics, and identification of forest vegetation, and the interrelationships of living organisms to the forest environment. Examples of creditable courses in this area include dendrology, forest ecology, silvics, forest genetics, wood structure and properties, forest soils, forest entomology, and forest pathology.
Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory -- sampling, inventory, measurement, and analysis techniques as applied to a variety of forest resources. Examples of creditable courses include forest biometrics, forest mensuration, forest valuation, statistical analysis of forest resource data, renewable natural resources inventories and analysis, and photogrammetry or remote sensing.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the Basic Requirements, your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting statistical sampling, experimental design, and statistical analyses relative to landscape ecology, spatial modeling, and vegetation mapping. Carrying out multivariate statistical analyses of ecological data using R, SAS, S-Plus or similar software packages in order to create vegetation mapping, sampling, and landscape ecology publications.
GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience implementing new applications of statistical sampling, experimental design, and statistical methods relative to landscape ecology, spatial modeling, and vegetation mapping. Managing projects that involved multivariate statistical analysis of ecological data using R, SAS, S-Plus or similar software packages. Contributing as co-investigator to large interdisciplinary vegetation mapping projects with a regional or national scope. Experience disseminating research findings through peer reviewed journal papers.
GS-15: Specialized experience is defined as experience developing and implementing new applications of statistical sampling, experimental design, and multivariate statistical methods in the fields of landscape ecology, spatial modeling, and vegetation mapping. Developing and leading large interdisciplinary vegetation mapping projects with national scope as a Principal Investigator (PI), including developing new managerial methods, data collection protocols, and making recommendations on research policy decisions. Providing advisory, planning, and reviewing services to large internal and external organizations as a technical expert in the field of vegetation mapping, sampling, and landscape ecology. Disseminating research findings through peer-reviewed journal papers and providing technical transfer to customers and other organizations.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Applicants must provide documentation with their application that the education was evaluated by a U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at http://www.ed.gov.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of a three year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.
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