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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualification Standards
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
For the Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist Series - Degree with major in biology, zoology, or biological oceanography that included at least 30 semester hours in biological and aquatic science and 15 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences. This course work must have included:
*At least 15 semester hours of preparatory training in zoology beyond introductory biology or zoology in such courses as invertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, histology, physiology, embryology, advanced vertebrate zoology, genetics, entomology, and parasitology; and
*At least 6 semester hours of training applicable to fishery biology in such subjects as fishery biology, ichthyology, limnology, oceanography, algology, planktonology, marine or fresh water ecology, invertebrate ecology, principles of fishery population dynamics, or related course work in the field of fishery biology; and
*At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, or statistics.
For the Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist Series - Degree with major in wildlife biology, zoology, or botany that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in biological science and 15 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and earth sciences. This course work must have included:
*At least 9 semester hours of training applicable to wildlife biology in such subjects as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management, principles of population dynamics, or related course work in the field of wildlife biology; and
*At least 12 semester hours in zoological subjects such as invertebrate zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy of the vertebrates, embryology, animal physiology, entomology, herpetology, parasitology, and genetics; and
*At least 9 semester hours in the field of botany and related plant science; and
*At least 15 semester hours of training in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, soils, and/or geology.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
To Qualify at the ZP-5 or (GS-15): SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-4 or GS-14) is defined as experience:
*Providing short and/or long-range planning & program direction.
*Planning and overseeing division research formulation, and/or evaluation of or over fisheries related activities and programs.
*Developing, reviewing and evaluating scientific needs of marine fisheries or protected species population dynamics programs, systems ecology research, and ecosystem-based modeling and management activities.
*Conducting complex scientific or technical policy briefings on pending research, natural resource and other fishery issues to diverse audiences, i.e., higher level officials and external stakeholders.
*Developing technical, assessments, and studies.
*Providing coordination, leadership, and/or supervision over research, activities and/or projects of division.
*Preparing, justifying, and administering program office annual and quarterly budgets.
*Monitoring expenditures and using cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
EVALUATIONS: We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
*Ability to prepare and justify annual & quarterly budgets , provide guidance in order to ensure that sub-programs function with prescribed limits.
*Skill in interpersonal and conflict resolution skills to treat others with courtesy and respect. Anticipates, manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
*Skill in effective oral & written presentations of complex and/or controversial natural resource issues to diverse audiences.
*Expert knowledge of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act & the Endangered Species Act.
*Ability to plan & lead a multi-objective program.
*Expert skill in statistical/sampling design of field sampling programs to collect marine fisheries population dynamics data; systems ecology/ecosystem modeling; Ecosystem approaches to fisheries management.
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