You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. QUALIFICATIONS
Note: All applicants (including current and former employees) who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts, which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position. If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.
BASIC REQUIREMENT - All applicants must meet one of the following:
Have a Bachelors or higher degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Have four years experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must possess one full year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service applying knowledge of natural resource conservation principles and practices to implement a comprehensive natural resource conservation program. Specialized experience is defined as planning and directing comprehensive fish and wildlife ecosystem management and restoration activities that included designing landscape-scale conservation actions; reviewing and evaluating habitat conservation plans in light of climate change issues; leading and participating in interagency and inter-organization efforts to identify science needs and develop action plans; negotiating resource management decisions to sustain fish and wildlife populations; and serving as a technical expert on biological natural resources issues and restoration, protection and wise use of fish and wildlife resources.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)
Must serve one-year initial probationary period.
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:
Knowledge of natural resource management and ecological principles associated with biological diversity to comprehend the ramifications of climate change and integrate its effects into planning, organizing and implementing a comprehensive natural resource conservation program.
Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of resource management and landscape conservation cooperatives.
Ability to persuade others and build consensus to gain cooperation from others to accomplish the organizational goals relating to science applications and climate change.
Ability to supervise and develop others.
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.
We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.
Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Application of Veterans Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.