Ecologist

Forest Service | Warren, PA

Posted Date 9/12/2019
Description This position is located on the Ecosystem Staff of the Allegheny National Forest with a duty location in Warren, PA.

The incumbent in this position performs professional work in the field of aquatic ecology.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Collin Shephard at 814-728-6142 or collin.shephard@usda.gov.

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 course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirement:
GS-0408:

Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-07 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Served as an advanced trainee and applied academic theories and basic professional ecology principles to a variety of work situations; collected basic data from field investigations and made observations where ecological conditions were readily identifiable; assisted higher grade specialists in studying and preparing sections of reports on ecological investigations.

OR one full year of graduate level education;

OR an appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience;

OR Superior Academic Achievement (to determine if you are eligible, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp .

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

For the GS-09 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in ecology and performed common qualitative and quantitative analysis of ecosystems; assisted in carrying out a range of analytical/scientific ecological assignments that include researching and analyzing data, issues, and information that support ecosystem management recommendations; gathered, organized and interpreted ecological, biological and pathological information to support resource projects.

OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

For the GS-11 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: Participated in a broad spectrum of assignments related to forest terrestrial, riparian and aquatic ecosystems; assessed the effects of projects on plant and animal communities, threatened and endangered species and air and water quality; performed field analyses of aquatic communities; measured quantitative attributes of aquatic populations and communities.

OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled);

OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).

The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

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.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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