In order to qualify for this position the applicant must meet one the minimum qualifications described below:
A. You must have (1) at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or higher, in the federal service in which you are responsible for the administration of federal grants or contracts: including duties such as soliciting grant proposals; processing and reviewing proposals; administering research grants; drafting statements of work for new grant awards; serving as a liaison with principal investigators and financial officers of institutions submitting proposals and receiving grants; maintaining electronic files of all correspondence with grant applicants and recipients; maintaining a database of current and past research projects; AND
(2) at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or higher, in the federal service (not necessarily concurrently) in which you are responsible for providing scientific program support with relevance to marine mammals and conservation issues: including tasks such as compiling and reviewing scientific information for content; maintaining bibliographic files; contributing to document preparation; supporting sponsored scientific projects and/or workshops; reviewing and analyzing activities that affect marine mammals; preparing requests for data from agencies; managing correspondence, error checking, analyzing, and preparing reports of data from agencies.
B. You must have at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree in science (M.S.) or equivalent graduate degree (such as a Masters in Environmental Management) in marine mammal biology, marine mammal ecology, marine environmental science, marine environmental management, or marine environmental policy, or equivalent with marine mammal or similar specialization. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your institution has determined to represent one year of full time study. If that information cannot be obtained from your institution, 18 semester hours will be considered as one year of full-time graduate study.
C. You must have a combination of successfully completed graduate education as described in response option B above, AND specialized experience as described in response option A above that totals at least one year. If you are selected, you understand that you may be required to submit proof of your educational claim.
Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures (occupational specialty 001) will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
· Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
· Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and
· Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures (occupational specialty 002) will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Highly qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidate who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures (occupational specialty 003) will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
All candidates will be evaluated against the following competencies:
1. Education in marine mammal biology/ecology, or marine environmental science/management/policy, and professional experience with marine conservation issues of relevance to marine mammals.
2. Knowledge of and experience with pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents for awarding and administering federal grants and contracts.
3. Ability to create, manage and analyze relational databases of survey data and information.