NOTE: Applicants claiming education to qualify in any way MUST submit supporting academic transcripts. Failure to do so will result in a rating of ineligible.
Applicants must meet applicable basic requirements for the occupational series they wish to be considered under.
0408 Ecology Series
Education: Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree 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.
1529 Mathematical Statistics Series
Education: Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.-OR-Combination of education and experience: This includes at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in education above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must also possess the below specialized experience to qualify for this position.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the ZP-2 or GS-09 level in the Federal service: Conducting full stock assessments; performing research as part of a team in large, multifaceted research programs; analyzing biological data using advanced techniques in mathematical modeling, population dynamics, or statistical theory; and preparing publications relating to population dynamics, ecology and stock assessment.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). 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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of the announcement.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Translated transcripts are required.
Only education/experience obtained by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Current and former career and career-conditional Federal employees must meet the time-in-grade/band requirement of 52 weeks at the next lower grade. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements (e.g.,time-in-grade and qualification requirements) by the closing date of the announcement.
Current career and career-conditional Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (NOTE: Federal employee applicants must submit SF-50s, which demonstrate how they meet all announcement requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
You may be required to serve a probationary period of up to three years.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under NOAA's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.
Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the Merit Staffing plan of NOAA. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
You will be rated based on the following knowledges, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
- Quality Ranking Factor - Publication experience
- Quality Ranking Factor - Stock Assessments
- Knowledge of advanced fishery stock assessment techniques, including statistical catch at age model
- Knowledge of quantitative methods including theory/principles and analytical software packages
- Skill interacting with natural resource agencies, industry, environmental and scientific groups.
- Skill in communicating technical information to scientific and lay audiences
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.