All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.
Experience: Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in Federal service that is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position is experience such as using standardized data collection protocols to document wildlife management or habitat activities; assisting with or preparing sections of wildlife management reports; collecting and managing wildlife field data at remote locations; and maintaining and organizing wildlife data using computer software. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months.
OR Education: Have successfully completed one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position such as biology, wildlife management or other directly related subject matter. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.
OR a combination: A combination of experience and education is also qualifying, a percentage of experience and a percentage of education as described above and when the two percentages are added together they total 100%. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) combined with nine semester hours of graduate study from an accredited institution as outlined above (50% of the education).
**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.** Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Your 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., equipment and packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine bases.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Drug Tested Position: This is a drug tested position. All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Incumbents will also be subjected to random drug testing.
Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year or a two year trial period, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
Category based rating will be used for this vacancy. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc., for placement. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.
Best Qualified, applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified, applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Minimally 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 of the requirements of the job.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's preference applies to category rating. Within each quality 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 disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.
The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:
- Possess a current valid state driver's license (screen out).
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife biology.
- Ability to capture and handle wildlife species, particularly carnivores or small mammals.
- Knowledge of various methods of telemetry.
- Knowledge of standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) procedures and other data management systems.
- Ability to navigate and reach remote locations.