Overview

Summary This biological scientist position supports the USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station. The employee will serve as a User Interface Developer with a focus in natural resources information. They will furnish technical computer science, database, and design expertise, leading the development and implementation of integrated databases focused on the user experience. For more information about the duties of this position, contact Jamie Sanderlin at jamie.l.sanderlin@usda.gov. Responsibilities Create and maintain high quality, interactive user interfaces (including the building of apps) for visualizing natural resources research and monitoring data Assist and train users with program development, database design, forms design, tool design, and the execution of apps and other programs Perform a wide variety of tasks and analyses that result in new techniques or solutions to help partners visualize natural resources research and monitoring data Provide technical expertise, staff coordination, and consultation in the areas of user interface design, natural resources data visualization and analytics, field collection techniques, and data applications Analyze biological data and information to address complex natural resource issues Test programs to ensure accurate and statistically consistent operation and identify problems in the information management system Collaborate and consult on natural resources research and monitoring projects to satisfy the requirements of data users and research scientists Curate natural resources research data collected by other researchers, which includes accurately transferring data and reconciling inconsistencies, creating metadata records to document changes, and storing backup versions of original data files Develop, promote, and follow data governance activities such as cataloging data, contributing to metadata management, data lineage, and data quality Requirements Conditions of Employment 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. Basic Requirement for General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series 0401 Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. or 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 the basic requirement, you must also possess experience in the amounts listed below. Minimum Qualifications: For the GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience (GS-11 level or higher) performing 3 out of 4 of the following: Maintaining interactive user interfaces, databases, and/or applications related to natural resources. Writing recommendations for improvements to the procedures used for collecting, verifying, compiling, and summarizing strategic natural resource data Providing technical support in the areas of user interface design, data visualization and analytics, and/or data applications Analyzing data and defining data requirements and specifications in natural resource information management systems and/or user interface programs 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. Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position. Education There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this grade level. 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. 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. Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining or a non-bargaining unit position represented by either NFFE, AFGE or NAGE. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. The Forest Service may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/