For information on the qualification standards for this position please visit the group qualification standard at:
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-tech.asp and the individual occupational requirements at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0458.htm
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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
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.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.