QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE TAG OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 To qualify for this position, you must possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors and may have been paid or unpaid experience. 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.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.
Experience: GS-4 requires 6 months general experience and 6 months of related specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level. General experience is work that demonstrates the ability to do the work or provides familiarity with the subject area or processes of a Biological Science Technician. Specialized Experience is experience related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience in the fields of botany, forestry, ecology, and weed management/invasive plant control, as well as experience with tools used for natural resource management such as chainsaws, brush cutters, hand saws, loppers and herbicide application equipment. 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. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months.
OR Education : Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours of related course work. Related course work includes scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to this position. NOTE: One full academic year of study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university.
OR a combination : A combination of experience and education is also qualifying, a percentage of experience and a percentage of education as described above and when the two percentages are added together they total 100%.
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 GPA or class ranking.
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 may 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, visit:
You will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment. You will also be required to maintain your student status as attending at least half-time, attending an accredited education institution, seeking a degree or certificate, and having a 2.0 GPA or higher.
You will be required to provide student documentation every grading period to your supervisor to demonstrate your student status. Failure to provide this information may result in the termination of your internship.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. www.sss.gov.
- Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
Category based rating will be used for this vacancy. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc. for placement. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.
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.
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.
Minimally 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.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
· Assist with resource management projects
· Implement resource management projects
· Field work