You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-09 level, your resume must reflect at least one year of full time experience defined as experience using theories, concepts, principles or methods pertaining to restoration ecology or fish biology; and experience making science-based decisions or recommendation about water quality, habitat restoration, fisheries management or ecosystem restoration; - OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.
To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to this position.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Ability to analyze and evaluate technical documents, summarize key findings, and generate recommendations.
Skill in effective oral and written communication.
Skill in collecting and analyzing data.
Ability to translate scientific findings into policies and regulations.
Ability to work collaboratively with peers and supervisors to make tangible progress toward the restoration of water quality and aquatic ecosystems.
Ability to coordinate with peers on projects.
In addition to the eligibility requirements for Recent Graduates, this position has specific educational requirements in order to qualify as stated below.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in in biological science that included: 1) At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology; and 2) At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences listed here.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with the EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:
If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates Program will be a trial period.
This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Category. If you are a qualified 10 point preference eligible, you will be placed at the top of your respective category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge’s, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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