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    These are two Detail Not-To-Exceed (NTE) opportunities which are temporary and have a NTE date of September 30, 2018. However, an extension of the Detail may be possible without further competition. The Details may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

    A Detail is the temporary assignment of an employee to a different position or set of duties for a specified period when the employee is expected to return to his/her regular duties at the end of the assignment. An employee who is on detail is considered for pay and FTE purposes to be permanently occupying his or her regular position. Therefore, there is no change to the employee’s grade or salary while serving on the detail. The salary range quoted is not necessarily inclusive of the potential selectees current salary if selectees current salary is in a geographic locality other than Rest of United States (RUS).

    The positions, located at the incumbents’ current duty station, are directly supervised by the Coordinator for the Enterprise Business Initiatives team.

    The Enterprise Business Initiative (EBI)  is the national staff responsible for future-state business analysis and business architecture related to streamlining technical and financial assistance activities of NRCS, and is responsible for coordinating the collection, analysis, interpretation, and documentation of business requirements from ad hoc subject matter teams from across the nation.

    The incumbent provides software testing and business analyst support for information technology projects to streamline the delivery of conservation assistance.  The incumbent serves as a part of a national staff responsible for streamlining technical and financial assistance activities of NRCS, and is responsible for leading natural resource and financial assistance

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    Provide support for the implementation of NRCS Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative action plans pertaining to natural resource conservation planning and Farm Bill program financial assistance.

    Develop software implementation and training products.

    Develop business process descriptions, use cases, diagrams, workflow and other types of structured analysis products in order to document business requirements.

    Work closely with natural resource specialists such as State/National Business Tools Specialists or State/National application coordinators to interpret and document business and functional requirements for use by NRCS IT project teams.

    Provide leadership and/or coordination to assigned Agency streamlining projects included in the action plans pertaining to natural resource conservation planning and Farm Bill program financial assistance

    Develop software-testing scripts that can be used by a team of field, state and national level natural resource planners or financial assistance specialists to test EBI chartered information technology systems.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 10% or less

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current permanent Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees with competitive status, applicants eligible for consideration under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA), and USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Remployment Priority List (RPL) eligibles who are currently at the GS-12 level ONLY.

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • A 1-year probationary or trial period may be required.
    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
    • Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.


    Basic Requirements:

    Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicant must meet the following Minimum Qualification Requirement in order to be considered.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

    Specialized Experience: To qualify for this GS-12 Detail: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the federal service which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience may have included:

    • Providing support for conservation planning 
    • Applying soil and water conservation concepts, principles, programs and tools/technologies to analyze and modify processes.
    • Providing support resolving and analyzing problems identify and describe user requirements and business rules using structured analysis methods.

    There is no substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-12 level. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/ Experience Note:  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.

    College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include English translation. 


    You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.

    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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link.   All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly.  Important:  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.  Click on this link for more information.

    Additional information

    • This position is eligible for telework within the commuting area of the duty location of the position and other flexible work arrangements.  Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
    • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency.  CTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above.  Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Reference:  https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ47/PLAW-114publ47.pdf

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.  Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification and eligibility requirements will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you. To view the application form, visit: https://nrcs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=99D33EC8-8FEA-4155-94B9-A8500112B67D

    To view the application form, visit: https://nrcs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=A18A91EE-E7B8-494A-A083-A85600C7F18C

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.
    •  College Transcripts 

     You MUST submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:

    •  Current Federal Employees:  Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA): Eligible applicants must submit documentation of more than 24 months of service with their application.  Include first and last SF 50 for each appointment AND documentation of successful performance of each appointment.  Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application.  Each file must not exceed 3MB.  Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process.  Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.
    • CTAP- Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 documenting separation or the position separating from. Workers Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from the military or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50.

    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.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Employee benefits while on Detail are based on the employee's position of record.

    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.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.

    • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
    • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
    • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

    Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

    Step 2 : Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

    Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue. NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX)

    Agency contact information

    Deirdre McCray








    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    1400 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC, 20250
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    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. We need people who want to apply their education and experience to make sure we all enjoy the benefits of productive soil, clean water, clean air, and abundant wildlife that come from a healthy environment.  “Helping People Help the Land” http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

    Next steps

    If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487628000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.