Biological Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Aug 14, 2018
Closes
Aug 14, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes relocation may be authorized.


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • US Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • Special Conditions:

    • Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    • Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
    • Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee’s duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.
    • Work may be in remote locations or in foreign countries or in areas of quarantine or insect rearing facilities that are warm, chilled, humid, wet, noisy, and/or contain airborne insect scales or other potential allergens.
    • A pesticide applicators license or certification in use of SCBA may be required.

    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 by grade level.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT Biologist (0401) Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
    • Experience coordinating scientific investigations in response to program needs that support the development and/or evaluation of new methods, protocols, or practices used for plant pest rearing, detection, diagnosis, control, management, exclusion or eradication.
    • Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles of entomology, plant pathology, botany, or other related plant sciences which may include a wide range of disciplines (e.g. chemistry, ecology, microbiology, or population or molecular genetics) to develop methods to support plant pest regulatory programs.
    • Experience communicating technical or scientific information orally and in writing in a succinct and organized manner to industry representatives, other state/Federal government agencies and cooperators.
    • Experience working on committees, teams or working groups to address scientific topics that have an impact on plant health programs.
    OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines.

    Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
    • Experience coordinating and managing scientific investigations in response to the program needs of the organization leading to development and /or evaluations of new methods, protocols, or practices used for plant pest rearing, detection, diagnosis, control, management, exclusion, or eradication.
    • Experience in applying the scientific principles of entomology, plant pathology, botany or other related plant sciences often incorporating a wide range of disciplines (e.g. chemistry, ecology , microbiology, and population or molecular genetics) to develop and evaluate methods to support plant pest regulatory programs.
    • Experience communicating technical or scientific information orally and in writing on aspects of pest management project progress to industry representatives, other state/federal government agencies and cooperators.  
    • Experience working on committees, teams with differing subject specialties, technical work groups, or science advisory panels to address scientific topics that have an impact on large regional or multi-agency lead plant health programs, or internal agency organizational level changes that improve program delivery.
    • Experience in managing technical support staff in developing and applying methods for pest management.
    (Note: There is no education substitution for the GS-12 grade level.)

    TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

    • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
    • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
    • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
    • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions

    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.

    Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

    • This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined on applicants' quality of experience and the extend they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

    • Knowledge of plant protection and quarantine
    • Knowledge of scientific laboratory procedures, including molecular analyses
    • Ability to conduct basic & applied research to develop PPQ strategies, methods, and/or techniques
    • Ability to perform mathematical and statistical analyses
    • Written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
    • Leadership, supervisory, project management, and program management skills
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions.  Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.  Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from the Federal Service.


    To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=8955333E-4068-4609-A29A-A9280120E2D1

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