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Job Title:Soil Conservation Technician - GS-0458-04/05/06 (Non-Status)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:TX-13-809163-TKM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,990.00 to $36,897.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bryan, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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

What does a NRCS Soil Conservation Technician do?   Gathers  natural resource information and physical features on farms and ranches for use by conservationists in developing natural resource conservation plans and programs available to assist land managers with conservation and improvement of natural resources.  Designs and applies conservation practices common to the work area..


Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals, Interagency Career Transitions Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles, and Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) is available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.   CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 85 or higher.   Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.   This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.   You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

To read more about CTAP or ICTAP eligibility visit:

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


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 -  Receives training and development to assume responsibility for performance of the following duties:


 - Works with land managers in applying various conservation practices in the work area such as: terraces, conservation crop rotations, pasture planting, farm ponds, waterways, etc.

 - Makes initial contacts with land managers interested in assistance through the local Soil & Water Conservation District and notifies resource conservationists when land managers are ready to develop conservation plans on their operating units.

 - Gathers factual data needed in the conservation planning process.

 - Assists with conservation tours and group meetings.


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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".  

Specialized experience or Education is defined as follows:


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. Examples of this level of  experience are as follows: 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.  


Education may be substituted for specialized experience if successful completion of 120 semester hours of college 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, watershed management, soil science, natural resources, civil or forest engineering. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics will be creditable.  This level of education is fully qualifying for grade GS-5.   

For grade GS-6 -   applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience  equivalent to grade GS-5 work. Examples of this level of  experience are as follows: advising land managers on installation of several alternative conservation practices including the performance of related survey, design, and layout of those practices that are consistent with natural resource management plans.  


One year of Graduate level education may be substituted for specialized experience in instances where the course work is directly related to the work of this position.  A combination of some graduate level education and some specialized experience, when combined, equal at  least 100 percent will qualify at the GS-6 level.  



Applicants must meet the specialized experience and/or education requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  When substituting education for specialized experience, college transcript(s) must be provided 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 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.

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.



APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting instituition recognized by the US Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the US Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  Accordingly, all education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.


If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit all necessary documents to a private US organization, commonly called a credential evaluation service, for interpretation of your foreign education or degree.  To be acceptable for Federal employment, foreign education must be equivalent to education or degrees acquired at accredited colleges, universities, or educational institutions in the United States.


·       Public Law 104-134 requires that all Federal employees receive salary payments via direct.

·       You must have the ability to use a computer.

·       You must be able to lift and carry up to 45 pounds to accomplish work.

·       You must meet the experience or education 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.

·       You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.

·       Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify prior to, or at the time of appointment, that they have registered with the Selective Service.


    Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received by  Friday, January 04, 2013 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 to questions developed for this position.  Applicants must choose the best answer that is supported by their resume and other supporting documentation that have been requested.



    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 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.



    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  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).  To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC, 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


    Federal Holidays - You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. For more information visit:


    Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:


    Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:


    Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: 


    Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) -  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


    Alternative Work Schedules are available


    Work-life Programs - Many work-life programs are offered to employees.  For more information on work-life benefits visit


    Telework Opportunities - provides employees who meet eligibility requirements the opportunity to perform duties away from where the employee would otherwise work.


    Developmental and Training Opportunities are offered to employees for career development and enhancement. 

    This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  


    This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



    Relocation expenses are not authorized.  


    Information on Special Hiring Authorities


    You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:


       a 30% compensable disabled Veteran ( ),

       a VRA eligible  ( ). The VRA hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

       Veterans' Opportunity to Work (VOW)

       a person with a severe physical handicap ( ).  Clearly indicate on your application you are applying under a Special Hiring Authority, provide required documentation of your handicap and indicate the type of accommodation you are requesting.

       a Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer - Must state in their application under which of these special hiring authorities they wish to be considered. To be considered under a special hiring authority as well as the regular competitive process, applicants must submit two complete applications and request the dual consideration. When only one application is received from a special hiring authority eligible, it will be considered under the appropriate special hiring authority only. 


    Submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a special hiring authority.


    Information on Veterans’ Preference   If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.


    To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference click on this site:


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    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.


    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: for USA Staffing Applicant Manager or 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) and use the following Vacancy ID 809163 

    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 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.


    If you want to preview assessment questions or occupational (biographical) questions before you apply on-line, you may click on the links below.  This is for previewing only.  To apply, you must follow the steps shown above. (Section labeled "How to Apply")


    To preview Assessment Questions 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 Agricultural Equipment and Tools

    2. Skill in Application and Use of Measurement Tools

    3. Ability to Communicate, Plan and Organize Work


    After the on-line questionnaire has been completed, you will receive a notice via email confirming receipt of your on-line application with a reminder that you must ensure that you have provided all the required documents as annotated in this Job Announcements.  Your application will not be considered completed until you have uploaded your resume and additional supporting documents as required by this announcement. 


    After the closing date of this announcement, complete applications will be evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  We expect to have a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  


    NOTE:   You may submit the required documents either through your account in USAJOBS or through your account in Applicant Manager.   If you submit the same document through both accounts, your document will be duplicated.


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


    • Your responses to the on-line occupational questionnaire 
    • Resume 
    • If substituting education for specialized experience, College Transcript(s) (legible copy acceptable, original necessary if selected)
    • If claiming Veteran's Preference or eligibility for VRA, VEOA, or VOW, provide basic eligibility information and submit a copy of DD Form 214 (copy of member 4 which provides character of service) or if active duty service member you may submit a signed certification from the armed forces in lieu of a DD 214 providing expected date of release or discharge and character of service. 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.

    • If claiming eligibility for Career Transition Assistance, you must provide proof of eligibility by providing a copy of the agency separation notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 annotating current position, grade level, and duty location. Your on-line application must also indicate your selection for CTAP/ICTAP consideration.


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


    Use of government franked envelopes to mail applications is prohibited by Federal laws and regulations.  Applications submitted in government franked envelopes will not be accepted.



    Tiffinie K. Meyer
    Phone: (254)742-9934
    TDD: (202) 720-6382
    Agency Information:
    1400 Independence Avenue
    Washington, DC


    Once the online questionnaire is properly transmitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After reviews of "ALL" applications are made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.




    After the closing date of this announcement, complete applications will be evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  We expect to have a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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