Science Delivery Specialist

US Department of Agriculture - Evanston, IL

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary
The incumbent serves as a Science Delivery Specialist with the Northern Research Station working to maintain current and develop new science/manager partnerships to synthesize science findings, develop tools for managers and stakeholders, and provide usable research results to natural resource managers.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Gina Jorgensen at 651-649-5296 or gina.m.jorgensen@usda.gov.

Responsibilities
Manages a portfolio of projects aimed at improving communication and knowledge exchange between the scientific and natural resources management community.
Ensures timely creation and dissemination of a regular suite of science delivery products that have already been developed.
Maintains and enhances relationships with both the scientific and land management communities to assess, summarize, and communicate land manager needs to leadership, and integrate land manager needs into current work.
Explores and identifies new science delivery and/or integrative products based upon recognized stakeholder needs.
Works with scientists to develop content for website, including descriptions of projects, products, and tools.
Develops and facilitates the evolution a strategic vision for the website. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying improvements in workflow and internal processes.
Advances processes that support cultural/organizational development aimed at improving internal stakeholders? timely and recurring use of the web as a platform for communication and science exchange.
Provides coordination for partnerships with a wide range of natural resources interest groups and constituencies.
Identifies and develops new partnerships with natural resources interests groups and/or constituencies.
Participates and contributes to the coordination of workshops, seminars, and virtual events that help explain policy, objectives, plans and programs as they pertain to the natural resources management program, and to the group's objectives.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required to collaborate with a range of cooperators, or for meetings or training.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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Requirements

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.
Obtain and use a government-issued charge card for business- related travel.
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.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF

Basic Requirement for Biological Scientist (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.

In addition to meeting the basic education qualifications above, you must possess the following specialized experience listed below.

For the GS-11 level:
Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled) Coursework must be in a field such as biological sciences, forestry, natural resources management, and environmental science;

OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service; Specialized Experience is defined as all of the following:
Assisted in the development of science delivery products such as webinars, demonstration field visits, publications, guides and on-line resources targeted to land managers and forest landowners.
Demonstration of technology transfer abilities through methods such as training, developing step-by-step guides to monitoring, or guides to supporting land management planning requirements; and, disseminating research findings at conferences or scientific meetings and publishing results.
Provided coordination for and participated on pre-existing partnerships with a wide range of natural resources interest groups and constituencies.
Participated in scientist - land manager forums designed to improve land management practices and address land manager questions.
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.). Coursework must be in a field such as biological sciences, forestry, natural resources management, and environmental science.

For the GS-12 level:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as all of the following:
Led the development of science delivery products that translated scientific findings into actionable information targeted to land managers and forest landowners.
Creating products or information with application for land management and conservation, through co-development of knowledge with managers and planners.
Facilitated or led the development of new partnerships with a wide range of natural resource interest groups and constituencies.
Facilitated or led scientist-land manager forums resulting in new approaches and improved land management.
Graduate level education alone is not qualifying at the GS-12 grade level.

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
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. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

This position is eligible for telework.

Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

Government housing is not available.

This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. For more information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management, Salary and Wages web page.

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.

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

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

This position is being filled through the OPM's Government-wide Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. citizens. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees will be given a new appointment.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or 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/10618295

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing

Required Documents

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.

If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.