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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Plant Physiologist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13W-0108

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$87,815.00 to $134,899.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Friday, November 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0435-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens, current and former status applicants, VEOA eligibles and persons eligible under special hiring authorities

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Provides for secure long-term preservation and documentation of diverse genetic resources for U.S. agriculture through the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) and through formal and informal agreements with other Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations (such as foreign national programs, international agricultural research centers, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector firms), which includes safety back-up of seeds and other plant parts.   Recommends methods and techniques to be used to improve efficiency of the seed collection management for the long-term preservation.

 

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:

Provides for secure long-term preservation and documentation of diverse genetic resources for U.S. agriculture through the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) and through formal and informal agreements with other Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations (such as foreign national programs, international agricultural research centers, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector firms), which includes safety back-up of seeds and other plant parts.   Recommends methods and techniques to be used to improve efficiency of the seed collection management for the long-term preservation.   Applies comprehensive knowledge of genetic resource preservation, agency policies, procedures and applicable statutes governing the use of genetic resources in the management of the gene bank.   Consults and co-operates with other domestic and international gene bank managers.   Incorporates latest technological advances to improve the effectiveness and utility of plant preservation into NCGRP's resource-management process.   Monitors seed inventory to identify base samples that need to be regenerated and assists crop curators to prepare lists of accessions requiring regeneration.   Provides seeds to active sites for regeneration and receives fresh samples for long-term storage.   Conducts and evaluates studies to test and apply new scientific findings and technologies for improved germplasm preservation and seed-quality.   Provides supervision to the seed gene bank management staff.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

--This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.   Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.   Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.   The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

--Financial Disclosure report is required.

--This is a supervisory position; the selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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. 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information click here.

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered.  VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service.  Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible.   You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:  Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest.  If hired for this position, you will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements:  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, November 29, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.   Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note:
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 970479.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
   - Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)

Supporting documents (if applicable):
   - Transcripts or list of college courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking
   - SF-50 that includes title, series, grade and tenure (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
   - Most recent performance appraisal (if you are a current Federal employee)
   - Veterans' documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc.)
   - Documentation providing proof of non-competitive eligibility
   - CTAP/ICTAP documentation

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.

Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cindy Prucha
Phone: (301)504-1581
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: CINDY.PRUCHA@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-X13W-0108

Control Number:

352665600