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Job Title:Soil Conservation Technician GS-0458-4 Non-Status

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:OK-13-791977-LDG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,990.00 to $27,990.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Fairview, OK United StatesView Map
Durant, OK United StatesView Map
Newkirk, OK United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

What does a NRCS Soil Conservation Technician do? 

Assists the District Conservationist in carrying out coordinated soil and water conservation programs. Responsibilities include providing technical support services and scheduling the installation and application of conservation practices. Works within a team concept to develop and implement ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of the products and/or services provided to internal and external customers. The work requires review of cost-sharing requests under the provisions of federal, state, and possibly local agricultural programs.


Applications  will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals, Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles, and Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles.  

There is one position at each of the following locations:

Durant, Oklahoma

Fairview, Oklahoma

Newkirk, Oklahoma

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.   CTAP or ICTAP eligibiles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher.   Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.   This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.   You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Read the entire job announcement and follow all instructions provided.

Click here for more information about our agency: Oklahoma NRCS


  • Must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Must meet the experience and/or education--See Qualifications Section
  • You must possess a valid state driver's license
  • You must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


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·         Develops conservation plans for agricultural enterprises where resource concerns are similar to those previously encountered; and applies and installs appropriate practices

·         Assists land users in planning and maintaining soil and water conservation practices giving site technical assistance.

·         Plan, designs, layout and certify a wide variety of conservation practices. Practices include engineering and non-engineering practices such as filter strips, riparian buffers, grass waterways, terraces, and waste management systems.

·         Explains various cost-sharing programs such as EQIP, CRP, CREP, and WHIP to land users and utilizes these programs in recommending revisions to plans.

·         Utilizes available field office automation such as Customer Service Toolkit and Performance Results Systems (PRS).


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Candidates must meet the qualifications standard requirements for the GS-0458 Soil Conservation Technician Series.  

The qualifications for this position are described below and are published in the "Qualification Standards Operating Manual".   See 

For grade GS-4, applicants must have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience in a conservation-related field as defined below.  

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience - Transcripts MUST be provided at time of application

For grade GS-4, successful completion of 60 semester hours of college courses that included at least 12 semester hours in the following course areas is fully qualifying for grade GS-4.   These courses are agriculture, civil or forest engineering, crop or plant science, forestry, natural resources, outdoor recreation management, range management or conservation, soil science, watershed management, wildlife fire science, wildlife management, and up to 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.  


Specialized experience is defined as follows:

For grade GS-4 – work that provided knowledge of soil and water conservation principles sufficient to equip the applicant to assist land managers in applying a limited range of standard soil and water conservation practices.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include performing procedures related to use of dumpy level, alidade and planetable; control of sheet and gully erosion; installation of standard erosion control, irrigation or drainage practices; use of soil survey maps; gathering various types of field data.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised.  If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (i.e. the promotion potential grade), you may be promoted to the target grade without further competition. However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you. Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your aability to perform the higher level duties.


Applicants must meet the general and/or specialized experience requirement by the closing date of this announcement.

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as paid experience.

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.

In order to receive credit for college course work for Internship or Coop work experience, Seminar ourses, Thesis Course Work, or Problems Courses applicants must provide documentation of the course description from the university attended.


  • Public Law 104-134 requires that all Federal employees receive salary payments via direct deposit. 
  • You must have the ability to use a computer. 
  • You must be able to lift and carry up to 45 lbs 
  • You must meet the experience or education by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You  may be required to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
  • You must submit a complete application package to be considered for this position. 
  • You will be required to do some travel.
  • If selected, you must serve a one-year probationary period.
  • If selected, you must complete a Federal Background and Security Investigation


Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received by Monday, December 03, 2012, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or  be considered eligible.  All the information you provide may be verified by 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 removal after employment begins.

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

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed.   Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place 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.

The questionnaire may consist of multiple choices, yes/no responses to questions developed for this position.  Applicants must choose the best answer that is supported by their resume, transcripts, and other supporting documentation that have been requested.  

To preview  the full questionnaire, click on the following link:  View Occupational Questionnaire 

To preview questions only, click on the following link:   View Assessment Questions 

The on-line Assessment Questions are based on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of agricultural/ equipment/tools.

2. Skill in the use of basic mathematics

3. Skill in application and use of measurement tools and Surveying Equipment.

4. Ability to plan and organize work.

After the on-line questionnaire has been completed, you may upload your resume and additional materials to submit your  application.  You will receive a notice via email confirming receipt of your on-line application. 

NOTE:  You may submit the required documents through your USAJOBS account or through your Applicant Manager account.  It is not necessary to submit through both accounts.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major
benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Federal Holidays - You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty.  For more information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100
optional plans. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI)
offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

Alternative Work Schedules are also available.

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Relocation expenses are not authorized.


Information on Special Hiring Authorities

You are eligible under the special hiring authority if you meet one of the following criteria:

       a 30% compensably disabled Veteran (,
       a VRA eligible ( The VRA hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
       a person with a severe physical handicap (  Clearly indicate on your application you are applying under a Special Hiring Authority, provide required documentation of your handicap and indicate the type of accommodation you are requesting.
      a Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer - Must state in their application under which of these special hiring authorities they wish to be considered. To be considered under a special hiring authority as well as the regular competitive process, applicants must submit two complete applications and request the dual consideration. When only one application is received from a special hiring authority eligible, it will be considered under the appropriate special hiring authority only. 

Submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a special hiring authority.

Information on Veterans' Preference: 
If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans' Preference.

To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference click on this site:


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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:00 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 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:

If you are unable to upload supporting documents, you may fax them by printing and completing a cover page (click the following link for the cover page)   and use the following Vacancy ID: 791977  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.

After the closing date of this announcement, complete applications will be evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. We expect to have a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  


NOTE:  You may submit the required documents either through your account in USAJOBS or through your account in Applicant Manager.  If you submit a document through both accounts, your documents will be duplicated.

For this job announcement YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL the following documents:

NOTE: Do not mail a copy of your application packet to Washington, D.C.


Linda D. Garabedian
Phone: (405)742-1210
Agency Information:
100 USDA - Suite 206
Stillwater, OK


Once the online questionnaire is properly transmitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After reviews of  "ALL" applications are made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

After the closing date of this announcement, complete applications will be evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. We expect to have a selection within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


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