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Biological Scientist (Environmental)

Department of Defense

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted May 1, 2021.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryClick on “Learn more about this agency” button below for IMPORTANT additional information.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* Uses prescribed methods to perform specific, and limited work assignments that are normally minor phases of a broader assignment of a higher-grade professional (eg, engineer, biologist, or physical scientist).* Assists in coordinating projects with engineers, biological scientists, physical scientists, and community planners.* Complies with health, safety, and environmental rules and procedures and performs work in a manner that enhances the safety of the work environment.Travel RequiredOccasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential12* Job family (Series)0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological SciencesSimilar jobs* Biological Scientists* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.* U.S. Citizenship is required* Males must be registered for Selective Service, see * Total salary varies depending on location of position* PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations* Recruitment incentives may be authorized* Position may be subject to random drug testing* A security clearance may be required* Disclosure of Political Appointments* Mobility-you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.* You will be required to serve a two year probationary period* Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan* Must meet suitability for Federal employmentQualificationsBasic Requirements:1. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the positionOR2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.To qualify for a GS-07: Completion of 1 full year of graduate level education, or bachelor’s degree with Superior academic Achievement as provided in the “General Policies and Instructions” for Qualifications Standards Operating Manual, or 5 academic years of pre-professional study, or 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5.To qualify for a GS-09: 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.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (ie, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-05/07, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge of the biological sciences (environmental) concepts and principles and standard practices, methods, and techniques to perform, following specific instructions, routine projects or minor phases of a larger and more complex project.To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience, click on the following link:, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:1. Professional knowledge of the biological sciences (environmental) concepts and principles and standard practices, methods, and techniques to perform, following specific instructions, routine projects or minor phases of a larger and more complex project.2. Knowledge to study environmental problems requiring investigation of unsanitary or questionable conditions in assigned projects (See Environmental Program Checklist).3. Basic knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and other guidance to make recommendations concerning assigned restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, and/or integration principles and practices.4. Ability to search technical reports, manufacturers’ catalogs, and other guidelines to obtain information.5. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member in the design of environmental systems.6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy.PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (ie, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.EducationIF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.You must have completed a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor’s from an accredited institution AND must have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level in one of the following:a) Class Standing – upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision;b) Grade Point Average – 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum. If more than 10 percent of total undergraduate credit hours are non-graded, ie pass/fail, CLEP, CCAF, DANTES, military credit, etc, you cannot qualify based on GPA;c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). (If qualifying based on class standing or honor society membership, provide appropriate documentation).PLEASE SUBMIT COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS TO INCLUDE TRANSFERRED HOURS – OFFICIAL COPIES ARE NOT REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION. IF SELECTED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS..NOTE* Degree Audits are not accepted.FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.