You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:
- Providing scientific and technical expertise to prevent, protect from, respond to, and recover from chemical and biological threats or incidents.
- Providing expertise regarding emergency response and program capabilities, including experience in the use of and application of Chemical and Biological (C/B) detector and detection theory against threat agents in order to optimize response.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0401/1301/1320 series.
Individual Occupational Requirements (0401)
A.Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B.Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Individual Occupational Requirements (1301)
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Individual Occupational Requirements (1320)
A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
- We are seeking a preferred candidate with a strong academic background in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical engineering, such as might be attained via a Ph.D. degree program, and past experience in Chemical/Biological (C/B) field detection. The candidate should be able to analyze C/B threats and related detection problems in order to provide operational, scientific and policy solutions to the Contingency Operations Department and supported units. The candidate's background in C/B detection development and detection theory should accompany the ability to effectively communicate and instruct both technical and non-technical audiences, from the individual to the senior official level, in conducting effective C/B search operations. The prospective candidate should have experience in the interpretation of both detection and spectroscopic C/B data, and the operational recommendations that would accompany data analysis and interpretation. The focus of this position is not research, but instead is the training, advising and assisting of tactical units while deployed into a wide variety of environments.
- This position is Emergency-Essential (E-E). In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by proper authority. The incumbent or the designated alternate may be required to take part in readiness exercises. The position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened from military recall status.
- This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1001).
- This position requires pre-employment and annual deployment physical exams, which will be evaluated by DTRA Occupational Health professionals to determine if deployability criteria are met. The incumbent must meet the medical requirements for deployment before and throughout employment.
- Subject to rotational assignments to locations in the U.S. and to locations outside the continental U.S.
- Must be willing to work overtime during exercises and real world crises.
- Compensatory time may be required to accomplish operational needs of the organization.
- Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering and experience in chemical detection/analysis sciences is desired but not required.