Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 07, 2021
Closes
Jan 19, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position supports USDA Forest Service, Research and Development , Sustainable Forest Management Research as the National Program Leader for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research. This employee is an authority in the field of wildland fire and fuels research and is responsible for a range of leadership activities.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Toral Patel-Weynand at toral.patel-weynand@usda.gov or 202-605-0878.
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Responsibilities

  • Duties list are at the full performance level.
  • Responsible for strategic national program development and planning.
  • Assesses the adequacy of existing activities for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research.
  • Formulates and justifies program budget requests; tracks program performance and reviews accomplishments of field units; responds to inquiries about the program?s budget and performance.
  • Recommends priorities among projects for Wildland Fire and Fuels Research and coordinates program plans and activities within and across the mission areas of the Forest Service.
  • Provides authoritative professional, scientific, or technical advice to the Chief and Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and to senior executives of other USDA agencies.
  • Analyzes how program accomplishments are meeting clients? needs; proposes adjustments to increase service to clients; and identifies and proposes ways to eliminate duplication and redundancy in programs.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide university course descriptions as necessary.
This is an interdisciplinary position. To qualify, you must meet the Basic Education Requirement for one of the series below.

Basic Education Requirements for Biological Scientist (0401) series. For a detailed explanation of qualifying education and experience, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0401.htm
Degree: successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
--OR--
A combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Education Requirements for Physical Scientist (1301) series. For a detailed explanation of qualifying education and experience, review the information in the vacancy announcement or visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs1300/1301.htm.
Degree: successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 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.
--OR--
Combination of education and experience: 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also possess experience in the amounts listed below. Graduate level education alone is not qualifying for the grades advertised.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the GS-14 level.
At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. To qualify at this grade level, this specialized experience must include all the following:
--Conducting wildland fire and fuels research and aiding in the development of strategic research plans;
--Directing long-term research projects of regional or national scope;
--Serving as a recognized expert in the field of wildland fire and fuels with a record of publication;
--Leading natural resource research projects and building coalitions to achieve timely and high-quality results to advance science, and the management of scientific research.

Specialized Experience Requirements for the GS-15 level.
At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. To qualify at this grade level, this specialized experience must include all the following:
--Serving as a recognized expert in the field of wildland fire and fuels with a record of publication;
--Serving as a consultant and advisor to policy and decision makers as a recognized authority in wildland fire and fuels research;
--Providing strategic network leadership to establish natural resources research program vision and build coalitions locally and nationwide; AND
--Building strategic alliances with other agencies and organizations to enhance delivery of programs, science, and information related to forest management.

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.

Education

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors.

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 not guaranteed.

Government Housing is not available

Daycare facilities are not available

This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, 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.

To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10982842

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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