You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, July 24, 2013 .
In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic requirement in one of the following ways:
Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree in biological science that included at least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and at least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess course work in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)
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Possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-07 level, you must possess one of the following:
One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service, assisting in conducting aquatic sampling and resources studies, collecting fishery and aquatic habitat data using established methods to identify resources in need of protection or preservation; identifying fish species; utilizing established statistical techniques to analyze scientific data; summarizing scientific data for inclusion in technical reports; and responding to questions from the general public about scientific programs or policies.
One year (18 semester hours) of graduate education in biology or a closely related field which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully complete the work of the position.
A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement.
Have a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions. 1. Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 2. Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. - OR - 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. - OR - 4. Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPA's are to rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.
In addition, in order to be qualified at the GS-09 level, you must possess one of the following:
One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, developing, planning and implementing aquatic resources studies; identifying a variety of fish species; collecting and analyzing fishery and aquatic habitat data using sampling techniques; identify resources in need of protection or preservation; gathering and analyzing biological data to determine the condition of fish or aquatic species; writing technical reports summarizing study findings and making recommendations; and delivering presentations to the general public on scientific or technical topics.
A Master's or higher degree in biology or a closely related field which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully complete the work of the position.
A combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described above that, when combined, equals 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in such employment. For more information please visit, http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e2.asp
Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
TRANSCRIPTS: Are You Using Education to Qualify? You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. For more information please visit, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
- You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
- All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.
- New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
- A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
- Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities, errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).
- Skill in communicating scientific data.
- Knowledge of Fish Biology.
- Skill in operating and maintaining specialized equipment.
- Skill in planning and implementing aquatic resources studies.