This position is interdisciplinary and may be filled as a Research Geographer or Research Ecologist (Landscape). Each of these occupational series requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You must meet the requirements under one of these series to qualify
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESEARCH GEOGRAPHER
Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Geographer. Submit or upload all of your transcripts that show you meet the following:
A. Degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields. *OR*
B. A combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semesters hours in geography or related fields, as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR RESEARCH ECOLOGIST
Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Ecologist. Submit or upload all of your transcripts that show you meet the following:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent in ecology, and 12 semester hours or the equivalent in physical and mathematical sciences.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that is in or related to the duties described above, and that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes knowledge and experience in landscape ecology, remote sensing, and geographic, environmental, and/or biological sciences for carrying out complex research assignments; conducting and analyzing research data; utilizing GIS and image processing systems, relevant statistical methods and programming languages to model and interpret landscape system processes and land cover change; and presenting, publishing, and disseminating results from research. OR
Candidates must have successfully completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree. This graduate study must have provided the knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. OR
Combination of graduate education in an appropriate field of study and appropriate specialized experience as described above.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment 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.
You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you may be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Scientific Knowledge; Modeling Knowledge; Written Communication; Interpersonal Communication; and Program/Project Management.
Basis of rating:Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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