All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 07, 2014 Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
QUALIFICATIONS : To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on your work experience, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GS-05 position (comparable to GS-04) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: work involving one or more aspects of vegetation management such as: performing basic vegetation inventories, studies, and surveys; participating in site rehabilitation though soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live planting and weeding, applying/performing a variety of manual, mechanical, chemical, and/or bio-control methods in planned management of exotics (non-natives), native species, and or weeds, etc.
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on your Education, You must have successfully completed four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work, in a related field (such as in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, ecology, mathematics; and at least 6 semester hours of this course work was in plant or botany related subjects. One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours. The education must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college course taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work in formation as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected.)
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on a combination of your work experience and education, you must document having an equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of a percentage of the specialized experience and education listed above when combined totals 100%. For example 6 months of specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours in order to qualify based on the combination option).
Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE
Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.
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 click HERE.
1. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.
3. Will be required to work weekends and holidays and occasional overtime.
4. Under the Requirements
of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal
employees, must have a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet
these requirements will be grounds for termination.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your rating will be
based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the
information stated in your resume to ensure you meet the job requirements and
assess your ability to perform the work of this position.
Please Note: if it is determined that your work history,
and/or supporting documents do not support your answers, you may be rated
ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure your
work history provides enough detail to support your answers. All answers provided
must be substantiated in your application package.
Your qualification will
be evaluated on the following competencies:
· Knowledge of and experience
with computer software and hardware used to collect and process National
· Knowledge of and professional
experience with the principles and practices of invasive non-native plant
· Knowledge of and professional
experience with native and non-native plants and animals, and ecological
principles, of coastal northeastern United States.
· Experience participating in
natural resource scientific studies, including inventory, monitoring, and/or
research, using a variety of techniques.
· Experience writing and
designing materials related to natural or cultural resources for public
· Experience coordinating
people, including volunteers, as part of organized programs.
must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your
work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months
at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any
credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed
rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be
ranked into 3 categories:
Group I (Best Qualified) - applicant who possess experience and/or education
that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all
selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best
qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be
able to perform effectively in the position.
Group II (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.
Group III (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.
Order of Consideration: Candidates
who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered
in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to
10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected
disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to
10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified
applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point
veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3)
qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and
then all other qualified applicants