Plant Pathologist

Posted on Apr 12, 2021 via USAJobs

Forest Service, Department of Agriculture

Bend, OR  |   #government

 


This position is located in the Pacific Northwest Region, Region 6 in the Forest Health Protection - Central Oregon Forest Insect and Disease Service Center located within the Deschutes National Forest in the Natural Resources Division in Bend, OR.

The service area includes federal lands throughout Central Oregon.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact: Brent Oblinger at 541-383-5701 or brent.oblinger@usda.gov.

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:nDegree: 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: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.nCourses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, agronomy, forestry, horticulture, or similar subjects may be used to meet the 20-semester-hour requirement in basic botany or plant science.

To meet the specific 10-semester-hour requirement in plant pathology, the courses must have been in plant pathology, or have dealt with specific subject matter areas of plant pathology such as those concerned with viruses, fungal or bacterial diseases, host-plant relationships, biotic or chemical controls, environmental or physiological diseases, parasitic diseases, etc.

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

Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-09 level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience includes meeting one or more of the following: Participated in conducting evaluation surveys to determine the status of forest pathogens; assisted a senior Plant Pathologist in the analysis of plant pathogen data and reporting; participated in forest disease prevention and/or suppression projects; assisted in conducting training in the identification and management of damaging forest pathogens;nORnTwo (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree (coursework directly related to the position being filled;nORnan 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).

Qualifying graduate level education must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls.

Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.

For the GS-11 level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service.

Qualifying specialized experience includes meeting one or more of the following: Conducted evaluation surveys to determine the status of forest pathogens; analyzed plant pathogen data and prepared initial reports; conducted training in the identification and management of damaging forest pathogens; made recommendations on pathogen management methods;nORnThree (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 such as plant pathology);nORnAn 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.) Qualifying graduate level education must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls.

Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.

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.

Work 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.


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