You must possess the Minimum Requirements identified below, for one of the outlined series, to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.
Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements.
GS-0401 - Bachelor's 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 described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-0807 - Degree: landscape architecture or landscape design. -OR- Combination of education and experience -- for each year short of graduation, the applicant must have had 1 year of experience under professional leadership and guidance of such character and diversity as to be a satisfactory substitute for the required education. This experience must have included original landscape design.
Experience Equivalent to a Degree in Landscape Architecture: A degree in landscape architecture indicates that an applicant has the basic background to perform professional landscape architectural work at the beginning levels, and has the potential to develop the skills and abilities required at the higher levels.
Experience may be substituted for education to the extent that it provided the equivalent back-ground. However, because an education provides some knowledge that cannot be measured in terms of course content, but rather is part of general knowledge and cultural background gained as a result of interrelationships among courses, careful judgment must be used in evaluating experience substituted for education as provided for in paragraph B of the basic requirements.
The objective of providing for the substitution of experience for education is to avoid excluding proven professional landscape architects from the Federal service. However, relatively few applicants will qualify on the basis of experience alone. The time required in the case of an individual applicant to acquire the required experience may take substantially more than 4 years. In view of the breadth and depth of training required, it is rare that a person will qualify without some course work in addition to experience.
Applicants who apply on the basis of experience in lieu of education are required to show how their background is equivalent to a degree. In order to qualify at the entrance level, non-degree applicants typically must have experience or study that included site planning; layout of circulation patterns; grading and drainage plans; planting plans; collaboration with architects and/or engineers; and the supervision or review of landscape construction.
Evaluation of Experience: The following kinds of experience are not acceptable as professional landscape architectural experience: routine drafting or developing of plans where original investigations or designs are not involved; laying out or executing illustrations in black-and-white or in color; nursery work involving the propagation of trees, shrubs, vines, etc.; experimental, horticultural, or landscape gardening; breeding, testing, propagation, culture, and production of plants, flowers, trees, crops, etc.; forestry work involving the management of forest resources for the continuous production of timber, water, forage, and other forest values; architectural and engineering work limited to the design of structures; work in city and community planning that relates primarily to the broad social and economic growth of cities and communities and the organization of community services and facilities.
Note: Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture in an accredited college or university is qualifying for GS-7.
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications outlined above, you must also possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate 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 grade level. Examples of specialized experience includes: Provided recommendations and support in the administration of recreation program and projects. Reviewed proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommended action. Ensured that action is taken in accordance with approved plans. Coordinated activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between unit resources. Provided advice and recommendations in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities. Reviewed new projects or proposed revisions of existing plans and coordinated action on approved projects.The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience includes: Provided expertise and advice in the administration of recreation program and projects. Reviewed proposals for new recreation facilities or activities and recommend action. Ensured that action is taken in accordance with approved plans. Coordinated activities between units and among other specialists (engineers, wildlife biologists, etc.) to ensure consistency in program emphasis, development, and use between unit resources. Provided expertise and advice in assessing current recreation use, type, and standards, and in long-range planning, maintenance, and operation of recreation facilities. Reviewed new projects or proposed revisions of existing plans and coordinated action on approved projects.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
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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