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Job Title:Supervisory Biological Scientist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:13-2669-0488DP-EB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,156.00 to $89,370.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Anchorage, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

*This announcement has been extended, it will now close on 09/05/2013.*

This position serves as a Team Leader for the Data Collection Team of the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS), Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) Program and is responsible for overseeing forest inventory and analysis data collection in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.

Salary will be adjusted to include a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/cola/index.asp for additional information.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-2669-0488G-EB, which opened on 08/22/2013 and will close on 09/05/2013. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gretchen Nicholas at (503) 808-2034 or gnicholas@fs.fed.us.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Applicants are subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty.
  • This position has the duty of carrying a firearm.

DUTIES:

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As Team Leader, is responsible for overseeing the forest inventory and analysis data collection in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Responsibilities include first-line supervision of two or three GS-11 Foresters/Ecologists, and one GS-07 Support Services Specialist. The Team Leader also has second-line supervisory responsibility for 15 to 25 Foresters/Ecologists and Forestry Technicians. Conducts short and long term resource and financial planning, taking into account current and projected program priorities as well as anticipated fiscal resources. Determines type, amount, and location(s) of work to be accomplished; calculates cost of programs based on staffing, equipment, supply, and material requirements. Reviews and provides advice regarding changes in natural resources data collection field procedures. Evaluates new techniques that are potentially useful in the field inventory by reviewing information obtained from trade journals, meetings, research results, and other sources. Develops techniques and procedures to provide analyses of non-timber resources, such as wildlife and habitats and recreation opportunities and availability. Responsible for safety and health program implementation and leadership within the unit. Develops and administers contracts for boat and helicopter operations in support of field data collection activities. Maintains certification as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and provides technical assistance to the contracting officer. Prepares annual Project Aviation Safety Plan (PASP) utilizing the risk management system.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

OR

--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.


REQUIREMENTS:

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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=4eb591fb-5a34-4d1b-b254-a21f00ddcbad


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is not a bargaining unit designated position.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

This position is eligible for limited telework.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Assistance is available during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be received no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step1 – Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2 - Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3 - Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  1. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  2. College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required.
  3. DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

Other required documents may include:

  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-339-1634
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-339-1634

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected.  If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application.  Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.   Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-2669-0488DP-EB

Control Number:

350119100