Social Scientist/Biological Scientist/Physical Science Information Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Forest , MS 39074

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

This position is located on the National Forest in Mississippi, Bienville Ranger District and is responsible for supporting managers and resource specialists in the use of geospatial technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for land, natural resources and ecosystem management.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Dale Pickard at 601-469-3811 or dale.pickard@usda.gov

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Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities listed are at the full performance level.

  • Assists in the development and implementation of the geospatial program for the National Forest.

  • Inspects and edits geospatial data to ensure compliance with applicable specifications, for inclusion of the data in the corporate database.

  • As a member of an interdisciplinary team, uses spatial statistical tools for modeling geospatial data to simulate, estimate, interpolate, and predict natural processes at the local unit or project level.

  • Performs multi-resource analyses at the local unit in support of planning, implementation, and monitoring activities.

  • Provides advice and expertise in the use of existing geospatial analysis solutions to resource management problems, based on input from specialists and knowledge of resource management issues

  • Monitors the collection and analysis of inventory and other resource data and coordinates the conversion of geospatial information into geographic information systems (GIS) databases.

  • Provides advice and recommendations on sources, standards, integrity, compatibility, and cost efficiency of resource information.

  • Implements resource data dictionaries, data models, metadata and repositories for use with resource information and geospatial applications.

  • Provides recommendations on project planning, including timelines, data analysis capabilities, and information management considerations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel with overnight lodging will be required for meetings, trainings, workshops, and field/site visits and reviews.

Supervisory status

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Promotion Potential

9

  • Job family (Series)

0101 Social Science

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

1301 General Physical Science

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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 course descriptions as necessary.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series listed below.

Basic Requirement:

GS-0101:

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 behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

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 in the field.

OR

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 a major in the field.

GS-0401:

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 biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.

OR

Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field needed to perform the work of the occupation.

GS-1301:

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: 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 education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level; 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. Examples of specialized experience could include:

  • Analyzed, compiled and synthesized technical data;

  • Applied data principals to the development of maps or other technical or visual materials and the manipulation of geospatial data;

  • Created simple thematic map products and presentation materials using established automated map and chart making processes;

  • Applied basic geographic and cartographic principles to the resolution of simple issues in geospatial database construction and map compilation.

For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; 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. Examples of specialized experience could include:

  • Participated in developing data dictionaries, data models, and metadata for multi-disciplinary information and geospatial applications;

  • Participated in the manipulation and analysis of geospatial data linking a variety of resources such as socio-economics, land, air, water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries and/or special management areas;

  • Created increasingly more complex thematic map products and presentation materials using established automated map and chart making processes;

  • Applied basic geographic and cartographic principles to the resolution of more complicated issues in geospatial database construction and map compilation.

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.

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Social Scientist/Biological Scientist/Physical Science Information Specialist

Department Of Agriculture