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: http:www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
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: 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.
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