All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions. It is available for your review at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
For the GS-06 grade level: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-5 level in the Federal Government Service.
Specialized experience includes field work identifying herbaceous plants and shrubs to the species level in all stages of development, including grasses and sedges. It may also include floral surveys and inventories of mixed grass prairie and/or ponderosa pine forests.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include:
· Research activity or control program work.
· Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.
· Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.
Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.
For GS-6: Completed at least 6 months of course study from an accredited college or university leading to a Masters Degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as botany, biology, forestry, or natural resources. At least 6 semester hours of courses are in botany or plant-related subjects directly related to the position.
Combination of Education and Experience:
An equivalent combination of education and experience of the specialized experience and graduate education listed above when combined totals 100%. (A copy of your transcripts will be required with your application; however, you will need to submit original transcripts at/before entrance on duty, if selected.)
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.
1. You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.
2. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.
3. Applicants must complete a pre-appointment certification statement for selective service registration. https://www.sss.gov
4. New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.
5. Government housing is not available.
6. Selectee may be required to travel up to 9 nights per month.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
BASIS OF RATING:
The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Therefore, you should provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience.
Method of rating will be Category based.
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points.
The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following tasks:
Identify herbaceous vegetation of the Black Hills and Northern Great Plains to the species level.
Establish vegetation plots and measure forest attributes.
Work in a field situation under adverse or demanding conditions.
Work effectively while spending a great deal of time in close quarters with others on the field crew implementing natural resource projects.
Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational questionnaire was developed from these tasks.