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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index/htm
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
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.