GS-13: To qualify for the GS-13, you must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes the following: (1) experience developing and evaluating Cropping Systems programs, specifically organic or sustainable production systems; (2) knowledge and expertise in scientific research related to organic or sustainable production systems; and (3) experience obtaining grants and/or evaluating organic or sustainable production systems research, education and extension.
GS-14: To qualify for the GS-14, you must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes those examples listed above as well as cropping systems research experience in institutions serving the needs of the sustainable or organic agricultural community.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for this position, you must meet the minimum education requirement for this position. You must have A) a four year degree (or higher) in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position - such as applied production disciplines with emphasis on organic agriculture or organic cropping, (a Ph.D. is highly desirable); OR B) a combination of education and experience that included at least 24 semester hours of coursework in one or more of the fields listed in A above, that provided the applicant with knowledge of the discipline(s) equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Applicants must be available to report for duty within one month of when a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Ability to apply basic and applied research techniques and methods used in Cropping Systems.
- Knowledge of and skill in using program planning principles and techniques to achieve goals and objectives.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees:Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.