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Job Title:Soil Conservationist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:6PA-2012-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 7, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0457-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Bloomsburg, PA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles and others under special hiring authorities. Go to the following website for a list of these authorities: Special Hiring Authorities ***Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to Case Exam vacancy announcement # 24PA-2012-0002.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position serves as Soil Conservationist to the assigned field office.  The incumbent assist the supervisory district conservationist in assisting the cooperators in the assigned work area and in carrying out an effective coordinated and sound conservation program.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Directs assigned phases of the operations of the field office and provides technical assistance to individuals and groups of farmers in the development, application, and maintenance of soil and water conservation plans.
  • Assists in the analysis of workloads, the development of the business plan, and the establishment of goals in line with needs, available manpower, and other resources.
  • Participates in performing follow-up and maintenance program on the farms of district cooperators and a periodic review of farm plans and progress made in applying conservation practices.
  • Performs duties related to the Farm Bill programs for which NRCS has administrative or technical responsibility.
  • Contributes effectively to the development of a balanced information program designed to keep people residing within the districts informed of the need for progress in natural resource conservation.
  • Recommends the modification and revision of technical guides and job sheets applicable to operations in the field office.
  • Contributes to the promotion of a coordinated approach to the identification and solution of problems which hamper the full development of human and natural resources in the rural sectors of the work area.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the understanding and application of personnel rules and regulations.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify, you must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENT

A. Degree: soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in A above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.

  

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE:

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.

EDUCATION

GS-7: 1 year of graduate-level education in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.

OR

Superior Academic Achievement: To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement.

GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.

This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7/9 GRADE LEVEL

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Explaining soil and water conservation methods, measures and techniques, to small and moderate sized groups.
  • Planning conservation measures such as terraces, waterways, water control structures, agricultural and animal waste management systems, strip cropping, conservation tillage, and drainage systems.
  • Interpreting soil survey data for use in conservation plan development and compliance reviews.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7/9 GRADE LEVEL

Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:

Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions


Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • Valid state driver's license required at time of hiring.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Knowledge of conservation principles on agricultural land, conservation programs, eligibility requirements, application ranking, contracting and payment provisions for all conservation measures.
    • Ability to survey, prepare, design, and perform layouts and construction checks on planned conservation practices associated with specific land use.
    • Skill in communicating conservation principles.
  • Your final rating will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits

Salary:

Range for GS-7: $38,790.00 to $50,431.00 (incl.14.16 % locality pay)

Range for GS-9: $47,448.00 to $61,678.00 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

  • Resume
  • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
  • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Phone: 612-336-3352
Fax: 612-336-3560
Email: jeffrey.d.garten@aphis.usda.gov
Agency Information:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
Minneapolis, MN
55403
US
Fax: 612-336-3560

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.


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Job Announcement Number:

6PA-2012-0003

Control Number:

325705300