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Job Title:Soil Conservation Technician (DEU)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:ID-13-787109-MW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to Wednesday, November 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Caldwell, ID United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!!  Visit our web site to learn more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation.  The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations.   Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands!   

Applications are accepted from the public, those with Competitive Status and those with special hiring eligibility should also apply to the Status announcement ID-13-787008-MW.  Only one position is being filled between the two announcements.

This position is located in a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office.  The position will serve as a technician for the assigned field office and will work under the supervision of the District Conservationist (DC).  The incumbent will assist the DC in carrying out a coordinated soil and water conservation program.

Travel and Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
  • NRCS Utilizes E-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility
  • Specialized experience required. Related graduate education may be eligible
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License Required


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Schedules and conducts engineering surveys and prepares designs for all types of conservation practices. Provides technical assistance for cost share programs. Prepares designs for several types of integrated conservation practices that may result in resource management systems and provides necessary on-site application assistance. Certifies practice completion and prepares payment application documentation.


Provides technical assistance to farmers and ranchers applying and maintaining soil and water conservation practices. Makes initial contact with landowners as assigned.

Gathers complete resource management systems data and develops basic conservation plans.

Schedules, collects and assembles factual information for conservation planning and prepares basic resource management system plans. Delivers plan to landowner and discusses implementation.

Independently schedules and performs follow-up based on field office plan of operations.


Schedules the application workload based on field office priorities.

Carries out administrative activities such as keeping daily record of activities performed, time keeping, progress reporting, and maintenance of engineering, automotive, and related equipment.


Participates in information activities of the field office as assigned.



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For information on the qualification standards for this position please visit the group qualification standard at: and the individual occupational requirements at:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  To qualify for this position, your resume must indicate you meet the specialized experience defined below.  If you do not meet the specialized experience, your education may qualify you for this position.  If using your education to qualify for this position, you must submit legible copies of your transcripts to support it.  Unofficial transcripts can be submitted.  

For the GS-5- At Least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in federal service.  An example of specialized experience at the GS-4 level would be experience that included established work procedures to independently execute tasks associated with recurring and continuous work and making adjustments to accommodate needed minor variations in work methods.  Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land.

For the GS-6 - At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in federal service.  An example of specialized experience at the GS-5 level would be experience performing duties under supervision that included processes, methods and procedures directly associated with soil conservation technical duties or resolving a full range of irregular or problem situations when performing a wide variety of either highly interrelated tasks or nonstandard assignments.

For the GS-7 – At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in federal service.  An example of specialized experience is service performing duties such as designing, installing and maintaining a variety of non-routine conservation measures on public and privately owned land including farms, parks, shoreline, dams and reservoir areas, forests, and/or wildlife habitats; advising property holders on the effectiveness of applying soil and water conservation practices, conducting basic research in support of conservation planning efforts.

Graduate education meets the specialized experience required for GS-7 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.


One year (18 semester hours) of graduate education leading to a Masters degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture, forestry, range management, or other subject-matter field directly related to the position.


A combination of education and experience.  Please visit the standards listed above for more information. 

If using education to qualify for this position you must include a copy of your transcripts along with any relevant course descriptions in order to have education considered.  Failure to submit transcripts may affect your ability to be considered for this position.

Foreign Education — Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. For more information please visit

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work.  To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities. 

Additional Qualifications: 

This position requires the selectee to work outdoors, work requirements may require the selectee to work under adverse weather conditions. Work requires regular and recurring prolonged walking over rough terrain, and bending, lifting and stretching when setting up survey instruments. 

A Valid Driver's License. 

You must be a US Citizen

Occasional travel may be required.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific, we will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

The on-line occupational questionnaire that you will complete will address the following knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position.  Your resume should support your responses to the questionnaire.

1. Skill and Ability in planning, designing, and implementing soil and water conservation plans and associated conservation practices.

2. Skill in the use of various mapping, survey and recording keeping techniques associated with conservation planning and practice implementation design, layout, and certification.

3. Ability to use computer software.

4. Ability to communicate with others.

To preview questions please View Assessment Questions

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.  We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified:  Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.

Well Qualified:  Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified:  Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Please Note: You may be contacted after the closing date of the announcement to provide additional information in the selection process to differentiate between quality levels. You may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to; responses to the knowledges, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.  

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles.  Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.

Please follow all instructions carefully.


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Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.


Information on ICTAP/CTAP-

Individuals who have special priority selection eligibility under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  Well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.  Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 30.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.7-3 for ICTAP.  This includes proof of eligibility, a copy of the 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. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


Promotion Potential:  When promotion potential is shown, and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the servicing personnel office. If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to  for assistance in contacting the person listed above.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  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).  To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."




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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé (please include dates of employment, position title, supervisor's contact information, Salary, number of hours work etc. Indicate whether or not your supervisor may be contacted).
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 787109.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. All documents faxed must have the Vacancy ID 787109


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé  (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. position title, hours worked per week for each job listed, employer, salary, supervisor's contact information and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended), also indicate whether or not the supervisor may be contacted, education; citizenship and social security number to be used for identification purposes.
  • College Transcripts to support Education claimed, if applicable
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable (DD-214 must show character of service discharge) or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)


Maria Wallior
Phone: (208)378-5712
Agency Information:
9173 West Barnes Drive
Suite C
Boise, ID


After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation if one has not been previously conducted.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.

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