In addition to the minimum education requirements, applicants must meet specialized experience requirements for the positon.
GS-13: Qualifying experience for the GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include the following: postdoctoral experience in the concepts, principles, and theories of instructional methods; recruiting and mentoring students at two- or four-year degree granting institutions; grants management experience at a public or a private institution, including evaluation of impacts of funded programs; and experience working in teams or collaborations between partners and stakeholders.
GS-14: Qualifying experience for the GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include the following: teaching food, agriculture, natural resources and/or social/human sciences; administering, supervising, or performing education or training work; managing and implementing programs; and developing and leading teams or collaborations between partners and stakeholders.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
You must meet one of the minimum education requirements for one of the occupational series listed below:
GS-0401 - General Natural Resources Management and Biological Science Series
A. A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate to the position, that included at least 24 semester hours of course work in the fields listed above.
B. A combination of education and experience that includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-0101 - Social Science Series
A. A degree in behavioral or social science; or a related discipline appropriate to the position.
B. A combination of education and experience that provided me with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
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:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Technical Competence in General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences or Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Technical Competence in Education and Training
- Planning and Evaluating
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.