To be eligible for the ECOLOGIST, GS-0408-12 position, you must possess the Selective Factor, the Basic Requirement -AND- the Additional Minimum Requirement described below and in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. (Answer "Yes" -or- "No" in the assessment questionnaire.)
Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience (These examples are not all inclusive.): 1. Managing a complex interdisciplinary, scientific program that included developing study objectives, specifying a sample design, collecting field data, entering data into databases or spreadsheets, analyzing data, writing reports and publications, and presenting information to technical and non-technical audiences. 2. Other directly related professional experience.
NOTE: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, the beginning and ending month/year of experience acquired, and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this job announcement.
For more information regarding qualifications go to:
ECOLOGIST - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0408.htm
If this position requires specific educational course work, or allows education as an option to qualify for this position (in whole or in part on education), you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.), or list of course work that includes semester hours earned and/or grade received, by the closing date of this job announcement OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
If you are selected for this position you will be required to submit official college transcripts prior to reporting for work.
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 degree from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:
Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign college or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
1. You must be a U.S. Citizen. (No previous Federal service is required to apply.)
2. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this job announcement.
3. A pre-employment background investigation is required.
4. You will be required to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The eligible or ineligible rating you receive is based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Your rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. 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 and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
KSA 1. KNOWLEDGE OF TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES AND MONITORING PROGRAMS.
KSA 2. ABILITY TO DEVELOP, ORGANIZE, AND ADMINISTER A COMPLEX MONITORING PROGRAM.
KSA 3. ABILITY TO DEVELOP STATISTICALLY BASED TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC MONITORING PROGRAMS.
KSA 4. KNOWLEDGE OF STANDARD ECOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS.
KSA 5. SKILL IN MANAGING AND MANIPULATING NATURAL RESOURCE DATA.
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates for this position. Candidates will be ranked in three categories.
Category Group I - BEST QUALIFIED - Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all screen-out factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job, and can perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II - WELL QUALIFIED - Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all screen-out factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Category 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 the requirements of the job.
Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each qualify 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 compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest qualifying category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veterans's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.