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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Soil Conservation Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:IL-13-801915-SS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $38,790.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 07, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0458-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Anna, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov

WHO MAY APPLY:  This vacancy announcement is open to all United States citizens. 

 

Read the entire job announcement and follow all instructions provided .  

 

For more information about our agency click here.  

 

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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This position will serve in the Anna, Illinois Field Office assisting the Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist, Soil and Water Conservation District, other local groups, and landowners in the planning and application of total resource management system plans;  providing conservation planning assistance from initial evaluation to completion using the nine step planning process.  The incumbent investigates, surveys, and gathers information for complex conservation practices and provides layout assistance and construction inspections on complex practices within the serviced area.  Prepares design material lists, cost estimates, and engineering plans for the construction of complex conservation practices and approves engineering jobs which are within job approval authority.   Provides training to NRCS and SWCD on surveying, staking, information gathering, design, engineering plan preparation, and construction inspection.   Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements for the GS-0458 series as set forth in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions.  The Federal Qualification Standards for this series is located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/B/GS0400/0458.HTM.

 

To qualify at the GS-05 grade level you need ONE of the following:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Government.  Specialized experience is defined as experience installing and maintaining conservation measured on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats or installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches or agricultural land.

 

OR

 

EDUCATION:

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in Forestry, Range Management, Agriculture, or a related subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as Forestry, Agriculture, Crop or Plant Science, Range Management or Conservation, Wildlife Management, Watershed Management, Soil Science, Natural Resources (except Marine Fisheries and Oceanography), Outdoor Recreation Management, Civil or Forest Engineering, or Wild Land Fire Science.  No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

 

To qualify at the GS-06 grade level you need ONE of the following:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Government.  Specialized experience is defined as experience advising landowners on the use of one or several single alternative practices such as contour cultivation, grassed waterways, and terracing. 

 

OR

 

EDUCATION:

Successful completion of at least six months of a course of study from an accredited college or university, above the bachelor’s degree leading to a masters’ degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.

 

To qualify at the GS-07 grade level you need ONE of the following:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal Government.  Specialized experience is defined as experience assessing the need, planning for, and working with landowners and contract crews in applying multiple soil conservation measures such as center pivot irrigation and strip cropping; conservation tillage practices; land leveling, surgace irrigation, and conservation cropping; agricultural waste systems; buffers and standard erosion structures.

 

OR

 

EDUCATION:

Successful completion of at least one year of a course study, above the bachelor’s degree leading to a masters’ degree from an accredited college or university (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or  (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.

 

Combining Experience and Education:

If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. (When crediting education, the number of hours of related courses required, will be prorated as a proportion of the total education to be used.)

 

For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. The applicant's total qualifying experience will be determined as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then the applicant's education will be determined as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5.

 

To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-TECH.HTM.


REQUIREMENTS:

  •   You must have the ability to use a computer.
  •   You must meet the 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 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.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  USDA/NRCS also offers Flexi- Work, Tele-work, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following Web Address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employee.  To find out more click here: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

 

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

 

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

 

4. All qualification requirements must be met at the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

5.  Probationary Period: Selectee is subjected to 12-month probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget, suitability, background (see #9 below) or other reasons.

 

6.  Background Check:   Selectee is required to complete OF-306 and submit SF-85; Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive positions as part of the suitability and hiring process.  Questionable background findings impact employment eligibility. 

 

7.  Vehicle Operation: Incidental Motor Vehicle operation may be required, have a valid State Drivers license is essential in the performance of required duties.



HOW TO APPLY:

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ONLY DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED AS OUTLINED IN THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED AND CONSIDERED.

 

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 Eastern Time on Friday, January 04, 2013

 

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:  https://applicationmanager.gov/ for USA Staffing Applicant Manager or http://www.usajobs.gov/ for USAJOBS account. 

 

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) http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and use the following Vacancy ID 801915 

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf 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.

 

You may preview the application questions prior to applying online by clicking on the links below.  To apply, you must follow the instructions provided in the section labeled "How to Apply"

 

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

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

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

1. KNOWLEDGE OF Soil and Water Conservation practices and engineering practices in order to explain programs, execute initial agreements, gather factual data, plan and apply practices.

 

2. ABILITY TO use computer software programs and databases in order to plan and report the application of practices.

 

3. ABILITY TO communicate with others in order to provide conservation program information and technical guidance to clients, interested groups, contractors, and cooperating agencies.

 

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. 

If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your resume and questionnaire responses.   Background checks, reference checks and other means, such as the interview process may be used to validate eligibility and scoring.   Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for removal after employment begins.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

      • Your responses to the on-line occupational questionnaire, and
      • Resume   
      • College Transcripts - if applying based on education (legible copy acceptable, original necessary if selected)
      • If claiming Veteran's Preference or eligibility for VRA or VEOA, provide basic eligibility information and submit a copy of DD Form - 214. If claiming service-connected disabilities, submit a current SF-15 (revised December 2004) and the documents specified on the form for the type of preference being claimed. 

 

For more information on veterans' preference eligibility go to http://www.usajobs.gov/veterans.asp and  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

 

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Summer Schluter
Phone: (217)353-6655
Fax: (217)353-6687
Email: SUMMER.SCHLUTER@IL.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS CENTRAL
2118 W Park Court
Champaign, IL
61821
USA
Fax: (217)353-6687

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education.  After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration.  A job offer is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at http://ApplicationManager.gov .


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Job Announcement Number:

IL-13-801915-SS

Control Number:

332927100