By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.
All applicants must meet one of the following:
A. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. OR
B. An appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major, in courses as shown in A above; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements applicants must also have one of the following:
To be eligible at the GS-11, you must possess one of the following:
A) One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level, GS-9, in the Federal Service. This experience is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. Examples of specialized experience may include, but are not limited to the following: Participating in the planning and execution of natural resource studies with the work carried out independently in accordance with proven techniques, methods and practices; Preparing technical natural resource reports on the outcomes and making recommendations within established deadlines; Participating on a multi-disciplinary team tasked with developing a resource program in fisheries, natural resources or ecosystem/habitat management, using established fact-finding procedures to determine watershed/ natural resource issues, and presenting recommendations while ensuring compliance with such standards related to watershed restoration - Clean Water Act, Erosion Control BMPs, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Historic Preservation Act Section 106; Developing or preparing a technical review of policies, standards and practices; Participating in the restoration development and implementation, mitigation, protection, resource management, remediation or enhancement projects related to natural resources or environmental quality; and Performing routine budget administration functions such as the formulation, execution, and review of a program budget. (Your resume must support this experience). OR
B) Successfully completed at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Submit a copy of your transcripts with your resume if using this option to qualify. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. OR
C) A combination of specialized experience and education as described in A and B above. To compute the formula for qualifying under this combination, first determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the GS-11 level; then determine the your experience as a percentage of the experience required for the GS-11 level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent.
To be eligible at the GS-12, you must possess the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. This experience is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. Examples of specialized experience may include, but are not limited to the following: Independently developing, planning, budgeting and implementing individual restoration, mitigation, protection, management, remediation or enhancement projects related to natural resources or environmental quality; Managing a fisheries, natural resources or ecosystem program, which consist of: strategy development, program and funding priority development, complex budget management, internal control implementation, evaluating projects for compliance, fact-finding reporting, performance measures, accountability reporting, long-range action plan preparation and detailed analysis reporting; Leading or collaborating with diverse natural resources or environmental entities to identify and fulfill scientific needs while ensuring compliance with standards related to watershed restoration such as Clean Water Act, Erosion Control BMPs, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Historic Preservation Act Section 106; and Serving as a technical resource on processes related to broad multiple-resource tribal programs such as tribal governments, public administration and tribal contracting. (Your resume must support this experience)
Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour work week. If your have worked, or performed specialized experience less than 40 hours per week, your experience will be prorated.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed college course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts to verify your education. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, 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. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):
Qualified candidates will then be placed in one of three categories:
· BEST QUALIFIED
· WELL QUALIFIED
Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your score. Please note that if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher in the self assessment than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
APPLICATION OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.
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