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Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Farm Service Agency

Job Announcement Number:UK806805-KCCO-LMB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 14, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Marshall, MN United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates





The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All interested persons may apply.  You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) COUNTY EMPLOYEES:  Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/submit resume/supporting documents.
  • This announcement may be used to fill more than one position.


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 This position is assigned to the Marshall, MN Commodity Office, Warehouse License and Examination Division, Examination Branch.

The Selectee:

  • Responsible for examining warehouses with anticipated major problems or having complex operations.
  • Performs all types of warehouse examinations (original, subsequent, amendment and special).
  • Determines such information as the facility capacity and condition, amount of commodity stored, quality of commodity stored, records maintained and accountability for warehouse receipts outstanding and other data reflecting financial stability.
  • Assures operations are conducted according to U.S. Warehouse Act regulations or other storage agreements with CCC.
  • Examines warehouse of two or more of the following commodities: grain, cotton, proceed commodities, rice, tobacco, cottonseed, syrup, dry beans, or nuts.
  • Submits reports of examination to Kansas City Commodity Office.


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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Wednesday, January 02, 2013.

Basic Educational Requirement:
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE EDUCATION: that included at least 24 semester hours in marketing, economics, business administration, agriculture, accounting, engineering, commerce, transportation, or related courses; OR
Completion of one full academic year of graduate education from an accredited college or university with a major in field of study as listed above may be substituted for specialized experience; OR
You may start at the GS-7 level if you have one of the following qualifications: 

  • Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor's degree in any field of study that included 24 semester hours in marketing, economics, business administration, agriculture, accounting, engineering, commerce, transportation, or other related courses; from an accredited college or university with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; OR
  • Successfully completed one year of graduate level education OR possess a master's degree or higher graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included 24 semester hours in marketing, economics, business administration, agriculture, accounting, engineering, commerce, transportation, or related courses; OR
  • One or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service) applying a comprehensive knowledge of production, marketing, or storage of agricultural commodities to perform segments of the warehouse examination. This experience also demonstrates an understanding of commodity warehouse operations. Experience may have been gained in such work as: Manager or supervisory official of a storage facility for agricultural commodities which includes responsibility for the receipt, care, and delivery of agricultural commodities and the issuance of warehouse receipts; Federal or State warehouse examiner responsible for examining storage facilities for agricultural commodities; Auditor, accountant, or bookkeeper employed in a storage facility for agricultural commodities; Agricultural employee involved in commodity loan inspections, farm storage facility inspections, and the inspection and verification of warehouse records; Work as a licensee under the U.S. Grain Standards Act, in the inspection of grain for condition and grade in accordance with official standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; OR
  • A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience to qualify me for this position.
  • DRIVERS LICENSE: Applicants are required to have, or must obtain before appointment, an automobile driver's license currently valid in the State in which they are domiciled or principally employed.
  • MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Before appointment a medical examination will be made by a licensed physician. Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of the position for which application is made. Good distant vision in one eye and ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters are required, corrective lenses permitted. Ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, is required. Any condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others will disqualify for appointment. Applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.

College Transcript : Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned.  You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.
You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.  Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected for this position, you will be required to submit an Annual Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter.


We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens -
If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.


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Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave.  For additional information on benefits, click here

DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made  by direct deposit.  click here.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP):   If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:
1.  Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 10:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, January 02, 2013. Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.
Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:
If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.

  • Click View Occupational Questionnaire to download the questions, and
  • Click here to download the OPM Form 1203FX, this form is used to record your responses on, and
  • Click here to download the required fax cover page.

    If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.


    In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.
    1) If this vacancy announcement has a basic education requirement and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.

    2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form.

    3)  If you are a current or former federal employee please provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, position title, series and grade.


    Phone: (202)401-0562
    Fax: (202)205-9064
    TDD: 800-735-2966
    Agency Information:
    Farm Service Agency
    1400 Independence AV SW
    Washington, DC
    Fax: (202)205-9064


    Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at  

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