Social Science Specialist/Biological Science Specialist (Program Specialist)
- Full Time
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience, applicants must submit proof they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
Basic Education Requirement
GS-0401: General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series
1. A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
2. A combination of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-0101: Social Science Series
1. A degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
2. A combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major field in the field; OR
3. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to major in the field.
GS-09: Qualifying Experience at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position. Qualifying experience could have been under close supervision and may have been limited to various routine segments of a research, education, or extension program related to plant science, animal science, food safety/food science, nutrition, the environment, social science or youth development. Examples may include performing a variety of recurring professional, scientific, or technical tasks;solving minor problems; performing scientific analysis; or technical writing in support of assigned projects. OR
You may substitute 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, OR a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
You may have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.
GS-11: Qualifying Experience at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position. Qualifying experience should demonstrate progressively more responsible and independent work with all segments of a research, education, extension, or grants program related to plant science, animal science, food safety/food science, nutrition, the environment, social science or youth development, including providing technical assistance; implementing or modifying program/project requirements; performing preliminary reviews or analysis of new program/project data; or presenting scientific or technical information to academic or professional audiences, etc.
You may substitute 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D., OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or a LL.M. that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
You may have a combination of specialized experience and doctoral level education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.
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.
Please see above for education qualification requirement information.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. 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.
Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.
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 and USDA policy using category rating. 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 veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following competencies:
- Planning and Coordinating
- Information Management
- Oral Communication
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 may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. 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 including removal from the Federal service.
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