Biologist
Department of the Army - Philadelphia, PA

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the position:
This position is part of a formalized development program and is CIVILIAN position with the Department of Army. The incumbent will serve as a biologist trainee with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

This is a Career Program (CP) #18 position.

If selected for this position, a signed mobility agreement is a condition of employment. This agreement states that in order to be placed in the intern program, or upon graduation from the intern program, you may be assigned to any location, within the Department of Army and that you will move to the new duty location. Failure to relocate can be used as the basis for non-selection. Failure to relocate after appointment can be the basis for your removal from Federal service.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Selectees must sign a mobility agreement at the time of job offer.

Payment of moving expenses is authorized.

DUTIES:
As a Biologist Intern, works with senior level scientists to gain knowledge and proficiency in the profession. Duties may include but are not limited to assisting in the evaluation of various biological or physical science data to determine impact on the environment or opportunities for restoration and enhancement; assisting in the inventory, forecast, or analysis of water or related land resources in accordance with identified problems and opportunities; assisting in the preparation of surveys and/or reports related to flood risk management, shoreline protection, navigation, erosion prevention, sediment management, recreation, ecosystem restoration, watershed planning, urban waterfront development or other projects, and assisting in the preparation of presentations to provide scientific study basis and findings to an audience such as the general public and/or elected officials at workshops, forums, public meetings, press conferences, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Qualification Requirements:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting one of the basic requirements above, to qualify for the GS-7 level, you must have one of the following:

A. One full year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-5 level work in the Federal service. Such experience may have included assisting in the evaluation of various biological or physical science data to determine impact on the environment or opportunities for restoration and enhancement; assisting in the inventory, forecast, or analysis of water or related land resources in accordance with identified problems and opportunities; assisting in the preparation of surveys and/or reports related to flood risk management, shoreline protection, navigation, erosion prevention, sediment management, recreation, ecosystem restoration, watershed planning, urban waterfront development or other projects, or assisting in the preparation of presentations to a diverse audience.

OR
B. One full academic year of graduate education in a related field. One full academic year is equal to 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours unless otherwise determined by the university.
OR
C. A combination of education and experience as described in A and B above, which when combined, equals 100% of the qualification requirements described above. For example, you have 9 semester hours of related graduate courses (50% of the education requirement) and 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level (50% of the experience requirement). When combined, your total qualifying education and experience is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirements (i.e. six months of graduate level education and six months of professional experience.)
OR
D. Superior academic achievement in a related undergraduate curriculum. To qualify for superior academic achievement, you must have one of the following: (1) A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of biological sciences) at the time you apply. (2) A grade point average of B (2.95 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed; (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum. (3) (a) B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either: (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum. (4) Election to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies (other than freshman societies) that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Society.

NOTE: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim for Superior Academic Achievement must be based on class standing or membership in an Honor Society and you must provide proof of this with your application.

• Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.
• Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include documentation to support U.S. equivalency.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:

•SKILL IN THE PREPARATION OF BIOLOGICAL OR PHYSICAL SCIENCE MATERIALS
•ABILITY TO ANALYZE SCIENTIFIC DATA

•ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY AND IN WRITING
•ABILITY TO WORK AS PART OF A TEAM

Other Requirements:
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• Personnel security investigation required.
• Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
• Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
• Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
• One-year trial/probationary period required.
• You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
• If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted. However, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
• Payment of moving expenses is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
• Comprehensive health and life insurance
• Competitive salaries
• Generous retirement programs
• Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
• Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
• Paid employment related training and education
• Possible student loan repayment
• Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
• Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf .
• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)
• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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