By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.
To meet the basic
requirements, you must have one of the following:
A. A degree that included or was
supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field
appropriate to the position (i.e. environmental science, natural resource
management. (Submit a copy of your transcript).
B. An equivalent
combination of education and experience--such as courses equivalent to a major
in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position (i.e.
environmental science, natural resource management), plus appropriate
experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that
normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of
study described in A above. (Submit a copy of your transcript).
To qualify for the
GS-11 level, you must have one of the following:
A. At least one year of professional
experience in education or utilizing education theories, methodologies and
principles to develop or modifying programs, curricula or conducting courses of instruction in environmental,
conservation or natural resource management. This experience must be equivalent
to the GS-9 level in the Federal service or equivalent pay systems.
B. Three years (54 semester hours) of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in education or field of education that
provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of an
Environmental Education Specialist. (Submit a copy of your transcript).
C. An equivalent combination of
experience and education as described above. To compute, first determine your
total qualifying experience as a percentage of experience described in
"A"; then determine your total education as a percentage of the
amount in "B". (Note: Only graduate education in excess of 36
semester hours can be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must
equal to at least 100%. (Submit a copy of your transcript).
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts for this professional position. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
The selectee may be required to periodically work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.
Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):
Knowledge in the principles, theories, and
practices of education methodology to develop and/or modify education curricula
and training materials, and conduct courses of instruction.
Ability to communicate environmental education
issues and programs orally.
Ability to communicate environmental education
issues and programs in writing.
Knowledge of conservation and natural resource
management principles and practices in order to incorporate them into
educational programs, exhibits, and other visitor services programs.
Ability to develop new and extensive outreach
methods, strategies, and information materials including news releases, fact
sheets, question and answer sheets, brochures, and booklets to increase
communication with stakeholders, partners, organization, industry, and the
Qualified candidates will then be placed in one of three categories:
- BEST QUALIFIED
- WELL QUALIFIED
Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your score. Please note that if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher in the self assessment than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education OR your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
APPLICATION OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher. An agency may not select a non-preference eligible over a preference eligible in the same category unless the agency receives approval to pass over the preference eligible in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3318.
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