All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Friday, March 28, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications. To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as required education and selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Applicants must meet the following selective factors in addition to the basic qualifications.
Specialized Experience: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 1) Independently complete vegetation monitoring field work and enter the data in databases; And 2) Leading employees, volunteers, or students in the completion of vegetation monitoring field work; Or research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.
Combination of Specialized Experience and Education - A combination of specialized experience and education may be considered qualifying. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable as specialized experience. All qualifications must be met before the closing date of this announcement. If you rate yourself as qualified for this position, and your resume and supplemental documents do not support that, you may be considered ineligible for the position. If you rate yourself such that you receive an automated rating of ineligible, we will not review your resume and supporting documents further.
**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.** Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitusforrecog.html Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Contiguous to the Area: You must have maintained a permanent and exclusive residence, contiguous (within 35 miles of park boundaries) to Badlands National Park, Interior, SD for at least the last two years AND is expected to continue indefinitely. In addition, your livelihood depends primarily upon employment available within the park. Both conditions of residency and dependency must be met to be eligible for this appointment.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: Valid State Driver's License: Applicants must possess a current valid state driver's license in good standing. Driving a government owned vehicle is a necessary part of this job. A driver's license is required to operate a U.S. Government-owned or leased vehicle.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational
questionnaire. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
Category based rating will be used for this vacancy. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational
Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc. for placement in one of the following categories, ) Best Qualified = 95 or above, 2) Well Qualified = 85 to 94, 3) and Minimally Qualified = below 85. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.
Best Qualified, applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified , applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Minimally Qualified, applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
VETERANS PREFERENCE : Veteran's preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10 or more service-connected disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
- Minimum Qualifications Screen out
- Selective Factors Screen out
- Exotic Plant Management
- Knowledge of and the ability to use equipment and vehicles
- Use computer software programs and equipment to record and manage data
- Lead a field crew