A degree in plant physiology, botany, or a related scientific discipline that included at least 10 semester hours in plant physiology.
GS-13: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
GS-14: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1) Knowledge of plant germplasm acquisition, evaluation, preservation, plant/seed physiological responses, and environmental factors that cause seed deterioration.
2) Ability to use research expertise to evaluate plant preservation research for effectiveness and utility in gene management.
3) Skill in managing a plant-seed gene bank using genetic resource preservation technology in conjunction with applicable statues and policies governing the use of genetic resources.
4) Ability to inform, consult, and negotiate on varied topics affecting germplasm operations and procedures with government, private, non-profit, and international organizations such as foreign national programs, international agricultural research centers, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector institutions.
5) Ability to apply administrative and management principles to establish goals and priorities, and assess and assign resources required to accomplish programmatic goals.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process:
1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)
2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.