Minimum Qualifications: For Grade GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or higher, in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Experience must demonstrate hands-on experience working with various data center and enterprise-level network technologies; experience with troubleshooting network production problems, as well as work in the implementation, upgrading, and maintaining network equipment, primarily LAN (Cisco switches), WAN (Cisco routers, BGP, EIGRP, circuits), Wi-Fi, Firewalls and VoIP infrastructures; and skills in dealing with vendors who provide these products and services. Examples of this experience includes work as a technical lead involved in planning and leading the assigned networking projects to successful completion with little to no supervision as well as work as a core network engineer/administrator with extensive knowledge in the planning, configuring and troubleshooting of the following technologies: Cisco Firepower, Firewall Management Center (FMC) and ASA Cisco Routers Cisco Nexus OS Cisco Catalyst 9300 series Routing protocols specifically BGP and EIGRP Microsoft Azure Cloud including Express Route, Network Security Groups (NSGs), Firewalls. In addition to the experience above, applicants must have technology related experience that demonstrates possession of each of the four required competencies as follows: Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving (Note: This experience must have been obtained while performing IT functions and must be demonstrated on your application/supporting documents.) Quality Ranking Factor: Possession of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate and/or possession of Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise certificate(s) is desirable. Applicants who certify that they have obtained the certification(s) described above, will be rated higher than applicants who have not obtained the certifications. Applicants must certify they have obtained the certificate(s) in the application questionnaire AND upload proof of certification in the Required Documents section of the online application, in order to obtain credit for possession of the QRF (Quality Ranking Factor). Applicants who have not obtained the certificate(s) will not be rated ineligible solely due to failure to possess the QRF. Time-in grade-restrictions: Applicants who are current or former Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower 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.