Candidates must meet the qualification standards requirements for the GS-457 Soil Conservation Series. See http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0457.htm
Applicants must have:
(1) A qualifying degree and course work from an accredited college/university leading to a bachelor's or high degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in the following disciplines: soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
(2) 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as show in 1 above of which a minimum of 12 semester hours must be in upper level (Junior or Senior) courses, plus additional education or professional experience that will equal 4 years of education or 4 years combined education and experience (30 semester hours equals 1 year of education). Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
Note: Partial credit for courses cannot be given. College transcripts are mandatory for this position and must be submitted prior to the closing date of this announcement.
One year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5 and GS-7) in the Federal service.
For grade GS-7 - Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resource conservation equivalent to Soil Conservationist work or education as defined below.
Specialized experience is defined as:
For grade GS-7 - under close supervision of a seasoned conservationist provides assistance to land managers in planning and applying conventional conservation practices on their land to maintain or improve production while conserving soil and water resources. Also performing such tasks as providing technical assistance to land owners or operators in developing and revising conservation plans, providing information, advice and guidance to cooperators; and analyzing data and making recommendations related to simple conservation problems.
Education may be substituted for required specialized experience for the GS-7 grade level, if the education meets at least one year (18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading toward a Masters' degree or higher in the natural resources field, or equivalent graduate degree in the natural resources field directly related to natural resources conservation, such as, agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering; or have a four year degree in Agriculture or related field with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher or a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last two years of college, which must equal at least 60 semester hours.
For grade GS-9 - Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience in natural resource conservation equivalent to Soil Conservationist work or education as defined below.
Specialized experience is defined as:
For grade GS-9 - independently provides assistance to land managers in planning and applying conventional conservation practices on their land to maintain or improve production while conserving soil and water resources. Also experience that required knowledge of the principles and theories of soil and water conservation and related sciences in identifying problems in the soil and water conservation program. Work experience included providing limited technical guidance and assistance such as soil interpretations, erosion control, and water quality recommendations to groups and individuals with planning responsibilities. Experience communicating and sharing general information and explaining issues related to soil and water conservation issues, problems, and solutions to groups of rural and community landowners, residents, and agribusiness representatives.
Education may be substituted for required specialized experience for the GS-9 grade level, if the education meets at least two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
Applicants currently working in a competitive appointment with the federal government must have one year in grade at the next lower grade level.
Applicants must meet the specialized experience 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, unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.
Submit proof of your education with a transcript or a list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.
In order to receive credit for college course work for Interns or Co-op work experience, seminar courses, thesis course work, or Problems courses, applicants must provide documentation of course description from the university attended.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you wish to have education acquired outside the United States credited for the educational requirements of this position, you must prove that it has been evaluated as equivalent to the education gained in accredited United States colleges and universities. Submit documentation of your education to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education credentials for a determination. The Council on Postsecondary Accreditation may be of assistance in providing information on these organizations (http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accredus.htmol). The processing of this vacancy announcement will not be delayed pending receipt of your evaluation materials.
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.
- 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 positive education / specialized experience 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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: 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 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.