Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education if applicable, before a certificate of candidates from this announcement is issued to the selecting official. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Additional information on the qualification requirements for this position is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/
Basic Qualifications: You must meet the minimum basic education/experience requirements for forestry positions in the Federal government.
For the GS-101: A bachelor's degree or higher in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position – OR - have completed less than a full 4-year course of study in courses equivalent to a major, which is defined as 24 semester/36 quarter hours, in behavioral or social science or related disciplines. In addition to the education, I have experience or other education/training that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of the position.
For the GS-401: A bachelor's degree or higher with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position – OR - have a combination of education and experience -- education includes completion of less than a full 4-year course of study that includes a combination of at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours of upper and lower division courses in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture. Appropriate experience or additional education is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources fields.
For the GS-1301: A bachelor’s degree in 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 - have a combination of education and experience -- 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized 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.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: For the GS-11 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-09. Examples of specialized experience are: Worked with managers and resource specialists to determine type, amount and level of information required to develop and analyze ecosystem management alternatives. Applied applicable principles to facilitate geospatial model design and analysis procedures related to natural resource and relevant socio-economic data and products. Compiled natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for multi-disciplinary resource management planning, preparation of environmental and social assessments, environmental impact statements and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making. Operated computer systems and software packages and used established procedures to produce intricately detailed maps and graphics for a wide variety of Forest resource programs and documents.
For the GS-12 position, in addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11. Examples of specialized experience are: Oversaw data life cycle management. Worked with managers and resource specialists to determine type, amount and level of information required to develop and analyze ecosystem management alternatives. Provided expertise and made recommendations on the development and application of geospatial analysis processes, protocols and solutions to mission critical resource management issues. Compiled natural resource, topographic, and cartographic data for creation of thematic map products and presentation materials for multi-disciplinary resource management planning, preparation of environmental and social assessments, environmental impact statements and other projects supporting natural resource management decision making. Operated complex computer systems and software packages and developed procedures to produce intricately detailed maps and graphics for a wide variety of Forest resource programs and documents.
Substitution of Education for Experience: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree with a major directly related to the work of the position such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.
For the GS-12, there are no substitutions of education for experience.
Combination of Education and Experience: For the GS-11 equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
For the GS-12 there are no combinations of education and experience for this position.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
Must be 18 years of age.
Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, 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:
We will review your application, including an 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.
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 adjusted 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.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e., the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=fd8ee576-f461-43a5-ab60-a30200dfe3b8