Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.
A. Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
FOOD TECHNOLOGIST 1382
A. Degree in food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology; OR
B. Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions.
FOR ALL JOB SERIES LISTED ABOVE AT THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
-Communicating high-level technical issues and providing advice and counsel (orally and in writing) to a variety of stakeholders (i.e. Deputy Administrators, Associate Deputy Administrators, Agency and Industry Officials) regarding laboratory operations and user-fee programs.
-Serving as technical representative to domestic and international organizations regarding sampling and testing programs.
-Investigating, designing, and/or implementing new technologies to analyze agricultural commodities and products, checking sample preparation, proficiency testing programs, or food safety issues.
-Testing methodologies and principles in chemistry, biology, and toxicology or food technology.
-Serving as a leading technical authority for laboratory quality control and assurance programs.
-Collaborating with Federal and State laboratories and respective industry officials for planning purposes and resolution of policy and operational issues.
-Satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
-This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
-If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
-Knowledge of Food Technology and Human Nutrition
-Knowledge of the food industry and marketing techniques
-Ability to communicate orally and in writing
-Ability to analyze and evaluate data
-Decision-making, Leadership, Supervisory Project/Program Management
An automated scoring system will be used to initially rate your application based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses. Based on your responses, you may be invited to participate in a structured interview. Your final category placement will be based on your cumulative score from the structured interview and assessment questionnaire.
Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
To preview questions please click here.