Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
GS-0408: Research Ecologist:
Degree: A. biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
GS-0470: Research Soil Scientist:
Degree: A. soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical or earth science with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics and soil fertility. OR B. combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-1301: Research Physical Scientist:
Degree: A. physical science, engineering or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials and electronics. OR B. combination of education and experience education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Applicants for the GS-12 grade level must possess a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or must possess one full year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service.
Applicants for the GS-13 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service.Specialized Experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of agronomy, landscape ecology, soil science or hydrology in order to elucidate relationships between landscape components and the delivery of ecosystem services.
2. Ability to use remote sensing technologies, geospatial statistical techniques and geographic information systems to interface to spatially-explicit watershed modeling platforms.
3. Ability to conceive, plan, conduct and publish research results related to agronomy, landscape ecology, soil science or hydrology.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A peer review may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.