Basic Requirements: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. College transcripts are required for meeting the Basic Requirement and/or if you are substituting education for specialized experience. Transcripts must be provided.
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.
0401 Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For more information on the alternate methods of qualifying for Biological Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for Biological Science Positions at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/general-natural-resources-management-and-biological-sciences-series-0401/.
1301 Degree: 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 Combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors as described above, that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
For methods of qualifying for Physical Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for Physical Science Positions athttp://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
GS-15: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Serving as a consultant and advisor to top-level agency officials as a recognized authority in a Wildland Fire and Fuels and assisting policy and decision makers in understanding complex scientific issues, formulating, programming, providing guidance to a large, complex research program or continuing a research program in a natural resource topic, overseeing work that has significant direct effects over a wide region or over multiple natural resource programs or may include responsibility for developing a strategic plan for natural resource research programs. Work experience that demonstrates effective participation in and leadership of interdisciplinary teams.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Foreign Education: 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. Applicants must provide documentation with their application that the education was evaluated by a U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at http://www.ed.gov.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
*Technical KSA - Knowledge of and/or Professional experience in managerial positions that require the execution and direction of the principles, methods, and techiques of Wildland Fire and Fuels.
* Leading Change – Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
* Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision mission and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and support constructive resolution of conflicts.
* Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
* Building Coalitions - Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
* Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=f245dc25-9cf6-4492-8ab3-a2ed0061dc64