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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Research Ecologist (PAC-EM-TERM)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:PAC-2014-0406

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,587.00 to $96,960.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 21, 2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0408-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Term Appointment, not to exceed 2 years. May be extended up to 4 years. - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Lakewood, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

*Are you a Research Ecologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for carrying out studies that monitor, assess, understand, and project ecosystem disturbances? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! The U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Join the more than 8,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered.  You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached.  Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.   

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 2 years with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of up to 3 nights per month may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must provide a valid driver's license and safe driving record.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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As a Research Ecologist within the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

- Carrying out studies that monitor, assess, understand, and project ecosystem disturbances (e.g., fire, insects and diseases, extreme weather) and their resulting impacts on vegetation, carbon stocks and fluxes, and other ecosystem services (e.g., biodiversity or water quality).

- Using advanced remote sensing, geospatial statistical methods, and process-based ecosystem modeling techniques to develop and implement methods related to ecosystem disturbances and their impacts.

- Serving as a team member in interdisciplinary and interagency projects of scientific research, developing plans of action for organizing and conducting research and to communicating with managers and scientists within the agency and with outside agencies as required to meet research objectives and to exchange information and scientific results.

- Contribute to professional and scientific knowledge by presenting their work at scientific conferences and publishing through reports and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

 The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent in ecology, and 12 semester hours or the equivalent in physical and mathematical sciences.

Specialized Experience Requirement: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must have one year of specialized research experience comparable to the next lower grade in the Federal Service. One year of appropriate specialized experience that is in ecology, biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Examples of Specialized Experience for Research Ecologist, GS-12: Experience which has involved scientific inquiry or investigation and has shown creative and outstanding research and/or development that has led or can lead to major advances in a specific area of research. The work must have been creative in the sense that it developed a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique, or provided a body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the discipline or field of science. This work may have been achieved by providing a method of solving problems, opening areas of research and development or providing the means of exploring the application of science in a major area.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience. Completion of a PhD in a related professional field is fully qualifying to meet the specialized experience requirement for a GS-12 research position. Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.


Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
- A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

- You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possession of a valid state driver's license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide both of these.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given 5 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated and ranked based on the information you provide in your resume as well as the responses you submit to the required KSAs. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied. The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:
1. Knowledge and understanding of monitoring and modeling patterns and drivers of ecosystem disturbances (fire, insects and extreme weather, etc.) and their impacts on vegetation, carbon cycling, and other ecosystem services across broad spatial extents.
2. Knowledge of and experience using ecosystem simulation models to analyze the effects of disturbances on vegetation and carbon. Experience developing and implementing ecosystem simulation models using C++, C, FORTRAN, java, python, or other programming languages.
3. Ability to conduct complex and novel scientific investigations related to ecosystem disturbances and carbon cycling as part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team.
4. Skill in written and oral communication of research results, with demonstrated proficiency in writing technical documentation, articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and making presentations at national scientific meetings.

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/index.html

 Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 


Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The 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.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.


Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.


If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.


Required documents may be: 1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2) uploaded directly from your desktop 3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4) hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/non_competitive.html

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Elissa Gregory
Phone: 303-236-9579
Fax: 303-236-9579
Email: ekgregory@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
P.O. Box 25046, MS-612
Denver, CO
80225
US
Fax: 303-236-9579

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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Job Announcement Number:

PAC-2014-0406

Control Number:

367744800