All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, February 19, 2014. 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 review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.
Experience: GS-5 requires one year of related specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level. Specialized Experience is experience related to the work of the position. The specialized experience is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience 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. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months.
OR Education: A 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 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 of courses 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. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.
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%. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) combined with three years of education as outlined above (50% of the education).
**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.** Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts.
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 visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified US citizens.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Work requires walking over rough, uneven, and rocky terrain. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals. Winter temperatures sometimes fall below -40 degrees F. and summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees F. It will be necessary for the employee to operate a variety of transportation equipment including all terrain vehicles on land, boats up to 24 feet, and snowmobiles during the winter.
DRUG TESTED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Incumbents will also be subjected to random drug testing.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 to determine qualifications. Applicants will be rated according to 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.
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:
- Minimum Qualifications - Screen Out
- Possess a DOI MOC or comparable - Screen Out
- Principles and practices of wildlife biology
- Utilize GPS and common software programs
- Perform biological/scientific work in remote locations
- Communicate effectively/interpersonal skills
- Work independently and as a team member