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/standards/group-stds/gs-tech.asp
For grade GS-3 applicants must have 6 months of general experience performing work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of a soil conservation technician. Work must demonstrate the ability to work with others, and the ability to analyze facts and make decisions. Work that provided a practical understanding of agriculture is extremely beneficial. Successful completion of 30 semester hours of college course work that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of courses such as agriculture, biology, conservation, engineering, forestry, mathematics, natural science, physical science, range management, or wildlife management is fully qualifying for grade GS-3.
For grade GS-4 applicants must have 6 months of specialized experience as defined below in a conservation related field. 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.
For grade GS-5 applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-4 work. Successful completion of 120 semester hours of college that included at least 24 semester hours in course areas noted for grade GS-4 above with no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics being creditable is fully qualifying for grade GS-5.
Specialized experience is defined as follows :
For grade GS-3 no specialized experience is required. (See general experience required as noted above).
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.
For grade GS-5 experience in designing and installing conventional conservation practices on sites where an experienced conservationist has determined the practice to be suitable and practical for addressing a particular natural resource concern.
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 paid and/or 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 courses, Thesis Course Work, or Problems Courses applicants must provide documentation of the course description from the university attended.
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 ability to perform the higher level duties.
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, college transcripts and other materials requested in the Job Opportunity Announcement. If requested materials are not received by Friday, December 14, 2012 your application 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.
The questionnaire may consist of multiple choices and yes/no responses. Applicants must choose the best answer and support that answer in their resume and other supporting documentation requested in the job announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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: Applicant possess all of the job related competencies identifies as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicant possess a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicant 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 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.