Biological Science Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jun 05, 2017
Closes
Jun 26, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:


This position is located at National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the Institute of Food and Production & Sustainability, Division of Animal Systems located in Washington, D.C.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov.

As a National Program Leader, the incumbent is responsible for performing critical tasks in four broad areas which include the following:

  • Initiate, network, and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention;
  • Conceive, formulate, and execute programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development;
  • Apply science-based knowledge to evaluate policy and develop and implement programs in collaboration with universities and other partners; and
  • Evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs.

We are concurrently announcing this position under Merit Promotion (applicants with status as current or former federal employees or applicants eligible under special hiring authorities) under Vacancy Announcement Number: NIFA-M17N-0011 at the GS-13/14/15 grade levels.  Applicants wishing to be considered for all announcements must submit separate and complete application packages for each vacancy announcement.



TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required to attend meetings

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • Yes
  • relocation expenses will be paid

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • This position requires an MBI - Minimum Background Investigation
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below.

    Basic Requirements: Degree: 
    Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to  major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

    AND

    Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

    At the GS-13

    Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is experience planning and coordinating a research program related to animal health or veterinary medicine; writing and publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals; and identifying problems and opportunities in research, education, or extension programs.

    At the GS-14

    Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is experience planning and coordinating a research program related to animal health or veterinary medicine; writing and publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals; identifying, evaluating, and formulating recommendations to improve research, education or extension programs.

    At the GS-15

    Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-14 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is experience planning and coordinating a research program related to animal health or veterinary medicine; utilizing legal mechanisms and funding opportunities to leverage funds and to adapt and amend programs; writing and publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals; identifying, evaluating, and formulating recommendations to improve research, education or extension programs.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp


    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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

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