Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be submitted. CANDIDATES MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS applicants must posses one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
To Qualify at the ZP-4 or GS-13/14:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (ZP-3 or GS-12) of the Federal service is defined as:
- Supervising, planning and conducting comprehensive habitat conservation and protected and endangered species activities that include overseeing the identification, development, and implemenation of investigative wildlife projects and regulatory studies;
- Providing guidance for the development of wildlife management plans and/or habitat management plans evaluating habitat protection and restoration planning documents and habitat conservation plans to develop solutions for management of natural resources;
- Writing scientific papers and technical reports on natural resource conversation; and
- Applying knowledge of pertinent laws, statutes and policies to advise others on natural resources conservation, protection and restoration for the implementation of Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning.
If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.Note:
Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
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- Knowledge, rules, regulations and policies governing management or endangered species and marine mammals.
- Ability to lead and coordinate programs and staff relating to conservation and/or management of endangered species and marine mammals.
- Skill in fostering cooperative relationships with a variety of constituencies.
- Knowledge of cultural issues related to Pacific Islands that might impact natural resource issues.