You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-05 grade level and above. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.
--Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
--Combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major as described 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-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience planning, organizing, and conducting forest resources studies, projects, and/or inventories, including performing cost/benefit analyses, determining the timing and methods to be used for the deployment of field crews, coordinating with other organizations, and conducting follow-up investigations and evaluations. Resolving problems, developing standards and guides, and determining the validity and soundness of data collection methods for a forest resources program.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience developing and evaluating new and existing natural resources data collection techniques and procedures, including recommending changes in procedures, protocols, and programs of work. Coordinating multi-source natural resources inventory data collection projects for a forest resources program, including working with researchers and analysts to determine the best data collection methods for new forest inventory studies or data variables; and resolving complex problems related to data collection and reporting of regional multi-resource forest inventories.
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 one year probationary or trial period and completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
This position requires that the incumbent meet initial and continuing qualifications in the use of firearms as outlined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, amended by the Lautenberg Amendment of 1996.
DRUG TESTING: This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.
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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