To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying.
Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.
1. Basic Educational Requirements:
A. Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
*Applicants who qualify on the basis of major study in biology or geology must have had at least 6 semester hours in the major directly concerned with marine science or 6 semester hours in oceanography; applicants who qualify on the basis of other physical sciences or engineering must have had differential and integral calculus and at least 6 semester hours in physics.
2. Specialized Experience Requirements:
GS-11 Specialized Experience Requirements: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Collecting and analyzing data to evaluate biological impacts in the marine environment AND (2) Preparing written explanations of procedures and findings of oceanographic studies. (must meet both)
Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education (that is directly related) for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved:
A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
GS-12 Specialized Experience Requirements: Applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized experience that which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) independently, or as part of a team, conducting environmental analysis for projects in the marine environment with respect to biological oceanography or marine ecology; AND (2) identifying areas for research and/or coordinating the procurement of environmental studies related to biological oceanography or marine ecology. (must meet both)
GS-13 Requirements: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) organizing, directing and/or coordinating complex research activities in biological oceanography; AND (2) giving professional presentations, or authoring professional documents related to biological oceanography or marine science. (must meet both)
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPMs website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:
1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement
Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Technical Knowledge-Knowledge of biological oceanography and marine sciences and the ability to utilize this knowledge in the description and impact assessment of biological communities, habitat, and process in the marine environment.
- Research- Ability to conduct scientific investigations to include research, studies and projects related to biological oceanography and marine sciences.
- Written and Oral Communication- Skill in oral and written communication in order to convey the results of scientific studies and collaborate on projects as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.