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Job Title:Botanist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-0509-011712G-LP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$39,179.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0430-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Alturas, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA/VRA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under USDA Demonstration Project procedures (open to US Citizens) under announcement number 14-0509-011712DP-LP. Current or former Federal employees and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement.

This position is located on the Modoc National Forest, Supervisor's Office in Alturas, CA.

The position is responsible for assisting the Forest Botanist in the management, monitoring, and study of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species, their habitats and associated plant communities.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Marty Yamagiwa at (530) 233-8833 or e-mail at myamagiwa@fs.fed.us.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Conducts and supervises vegetation inventories, plant population, and community monitoring in compliance with selected protocols, and coordinates or conducts surveys for special status plants and noxious weeds.

Maintains plant survey records in established databases and utilizes GIS (Geographic Information System) to meet botanical baseline data requirements and environmental assessment requirements for project planning.

Analyzes and interprets population trend and community composition monitoring data and utilizing this information in the preparation of Biological Assessments for special status plant species.

Participates on interdisciplinary teams preparing NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) compliant documents for a variety of vegetation management and restoration actions and develops protection measures for special status plants in collaboration with other resources specialists.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered for this position.  Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Bachelors Degree: botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.
OR
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Courses in basic botany, plant anatomy or morphology, cytology, histology, genetics, taxonomy or systematics, algology, mycology, ethnobotany, and those dealing with specific problems of a botanical nature or with specific groups of plants are qualifying.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; one full year of graduate level education; an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience; or Superior Academic Achievement (go to this site determine if you are eligible: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: 
As an advanced trainee, conducted plant surveys and evaluations on vegetation inventories, plant population and communities including threatened, endangered and sensitive plants. Collected and summarized data for studies of plant use, reported observations and provided recommendations.

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Examples of specialized experience are: 
Developed, evaluated, monitored, and collaborated with other resource specialists on management programs dealing with threatened, endangered and sensitive plants programs. Conducted and supervised vegetation inventories on plant population and community compositions. Summarized data for studies of plant use, reported observations and provided recommendations. Maintained plant survey records utilizing GIS for project planning and prepared NEPA compliant documents for restoration actions. Identified plants using dichotomous keys and manuals.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.  This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Ability to plan and conduct scientific investigations and inventories.

  • Ability to analyze.

  • Knowledge of botany/plant science.

  • Ability to communicate other than in writing.

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire.  The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process.  To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=f2c59122-7996-4254-b2b8-a36a00ee1505


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: 
Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Government housing and Forest Service affiliated day care facilities are not available.
 
This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill this vacancy.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 5) other qualifications. 
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient however, if selected; an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. 

Other required documents as applicable:

  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, federal status, position title, series and grade AND most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement as to why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: (VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans): DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. 
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). 
  • Certain Military Spouses under E.O. 13473: Verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), plus Permanent Change of Station: PCS orders issued within the last 2 years, that: lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; the specific location; and the effective date of the PCS OR Military disability of 100%: verification of the member's release or discharge due to 100% disability (DD-214 and VA Letter) OR Death while serving on active duty: 1) Verification of release or discharge due to death (DD-214). 2) Verification of the member’s death (DD-1300 and Death Certificate. 3) Statement certifying they are un-remarried widow or widower of the service member.
  • Foreign Service: Most recent Foreign Service Notification of Personnel Action, showing that you were/are serving under an unlimited, career-type appointment AND have completed at least 1 year of continuous service without a break of a workday under one or more nontemporary Foreign Service appointments. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteers: Documentation of no less than 24 months (Peace Corps) or 1 year (VISTA) of continuous service and separated within 1 year of completing the qualifying service. 
  • Peace Corps Staff: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break in service of 3 days or more and separated within the 3 years of completing the qualifying service.
  • Certain Family Members under E.O. 12721: Most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
  • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems: Documentation of eligibility as listed in interchange agreement.
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the Office of Personnel Management: (Postal Career Service Employees, Postal Service Commission Employees, GAO, US Courts, etc.), Current Notification of Personnel Action (or equivalent) that reflects your eligibility.
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-338-3024
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-338-3024

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-0509-011712G-LP

Control Number:

376231400