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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist (Project Manager)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  24HQ-2013-0029

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,923.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Collins, CO, US  View Map
This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6HQ-2013-0026. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid

The position is located at the Natural Resources Systems Development Branch, National Information Technology Center (ITC) in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The primary purpose of the position is to develop requirements and specifications for enterprise systems by performing analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, and implementation of software in agency-wide information systems.

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


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform aspects of the systems development cycle, including needs structured systems analysis and design, technology and software assessment, and technical and procedural documentation.
  • Identify and recommend corrective action to ensure that the product conforms to government, departmental and agency software and database standards.
  • Identify new and better ways to design software and offer recommendations on how to improve end-products.
  • Perform system analysis with emphasis on the integration of data and the development of user interfaces.
  • Develop software for implementation on web servers, desktop and mobile devices; and analyze programing support in the development of integrated software by applying techniques, procedures, and processes.
  • Develop detailed system specifications, prepare test plans, and define acceptance criteria.
  • Participate as a member of a project development team composed of computer specialists, operations research analysts, system designers, computer scientists, and technical personnel who provide technical support in the development of agency software and data base applications.
  • Review technical documentation to ensure that it meets specific requirement and objectives of the applications system and specific agency standards.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.


GS-9: Applicant must have completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, and mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.

GS-11: Applicants must have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if you are qualifying for the position based on education. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts


 Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

Examples of Specialized Experience at the GS-9

  • Experience and skill in applying IT principles, methods, and practices in the assigned technical area.
  • Experience with IT systems development cycle management concepts and technical documentation methods and procedures.
  • Experience evaluating established methods and procedures and preparing recommendations for changes in methods and practices where appropriate; ensuring the application of appropriate security measures to the assignment.

Examples of Specialized Experience at the GS-11/12

  • Experience in applying mobile application design concepts and systems architecture principles and methods, practices, and procedures in order to design, test, and debug Agency mission critical software database applications.
  • Experience in applying program software using mainstream computer programing languages, using development and testing tools, in order to conduct and review plans for the technically feasible development applications.
  • Experience with mainstream database management systems, including proficient in SQL programming, and working knowledge of data warehousing technologies in order to develop and integrate NRCS databases to ensure applications are consistent with current and planned infrastructure data environments.

In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required.

  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Periodic (10 to 30 percent) travel may be required to field sites and contractor locations for a variety of meetings and reviews of automation activities.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Communication Skills
    • Organization Skills & Teamwork
    • Staff Leadership, Program & Project Management
    • Application Software Development 
    • Systems Analysis -  in relation to software development
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

To preview questions please click here.


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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


Range for GS-9: $50,923 to $66,195 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)

Range for GS-11: $61,612 to $80,093 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)

Range for GS-12: $73, 848 to $96,001 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • 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).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.

    Phone: 612-336-3348
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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