To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors, if any, as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below:
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Experience equivalent to one season (3 months) identifying plant species of the northern California, southern Oregon, or Pacific Northwest coastal regions.
In addition to meeting the selective factor described above, you must meet the basic qualifications described below:
One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service. Examples include working with one or more aspects of vegetation management such as applying and/or performing a variety of manual, mechanical, chemical or bio-control methds in to manage native or non-native species or weeds; performing basic vegetation inventories, studies or surveys, conducting or assisting with vegetation mapping; conducting or assisting with vegetation sampling to obtain data on structure and composition, or participating in site rehabilitation through soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live planting and/or weeding.
Successful completion of at least four years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study, or 24 semester hours of coursework, in a related field of scientific or technical study such as botany, biology, chemistry, statustics, entomology, animal husbandry, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, or other directly-related subject matter. At least 6 semester units must have been in subjects directly related to the work of this position; e.g. botany, plant science, or other natural resoruce topics related to vegetation management.
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience:
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution (LINK: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html) with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average 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, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities
(LINK: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html) to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You will be required to complete a 'Declaration of Federal Employment' (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You will be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Upon entrance on duty (EOD) and annually thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid state-issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions. Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, lifting and working in cramped positions and climbing. Work requires prolonged standing and walking over a rough and uneven terrain with a backpack and/or tools. Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position for which they are selected.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience 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.
To view the Assessment Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions
The knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position include:
- Plant identification and invasive plant control.
- Ability to use computer equipment and software to record, manage, and present data.
- Skill in botanical field data collection and management.
- Ability to perform ardous physical work outdoors.
- Ability to work independently and as as a team member (clear communication, teamwork, etc.).
- Ability to direct work crews in vegetation management tasks.
Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
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: Veterans 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 compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".