All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Basic Occupational Requirement for GS-0401 series:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines in climate change science appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
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-09) in Federal service. Examples of qualifying experience include:
Assisting in development of resource or protected area management plans and associated environmental compliance documents that specifically consider future climate change and its impacts; experience working on a team or committee of research scientists, contractors, managers, interpreters and / or technical staff for the purpose of integrating climate change into decision making; experience developing and applying climate change adaptation tools and strategies for natural and cultural resource management and ecosystem-based, landscape-level planning; give formal presentations on climate change related resource issues, prepare news releases, briefing statements, and reports regarding complex science topics.
Completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in: biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines in climate change science appropriate to the position.
A combination of education and experience. For example, an applicant for has successfully completed 6 months of graduate coursework (50%) and has 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 (50%) as stated above.
Note: Responses to the occupational questionnaire MUST be supported within the work history/experience stated in your resume.
QUALITY RANKING FACTOR:
Applicants who possess the described demonstrated experience will receive additional credit. You must provide support for your experience within your application package to recieve this credit. If not, your score may be adjusted.
Experience analyzing how future climate change scenarios will affect coastal, marine, freshwater, and terrestrial resources and evaluating effective management response strategies.
If substituting education for experience, 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
Combination of Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of education and experience can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. The total percentage of each much equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
Requirements when selecting Specialty Codes
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 Assessment Questions.
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the Job:
Technical Competencies/KSAs that will be used:
FACTOR: Knowledge in the laws, regulations, and federal policies and guidelines regarding management and monitoring of natural and cultural resources and facilities, with emphasis in climate change and adaptive management.
FACTOR: Knowledge of biological and ecological principles, climate change science and related fields, and their application toward ecosystem and landscape level planning and adaptation.
FACTOR: Ability to work with others to develop goals, implement initiatives, and coordinate across interdisciplinary programs and projects, including climate change, for effective science-based decision-making.
FACTOR: Demonstrated skill in oral, written, and group communication to clearly explain complex concepts related to climate change and its environmental impacts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
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 and based on your score, your application will be placed in one of three categories; Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. 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 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.
Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the position either through experience or education.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.
For more information on Veterans' Preference: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.
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.