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Job Title:Agricultural Economist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Economic Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ERS-S13N-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 02, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


All US Citizens. Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities should apply to vacancy announcement number ERS-M13N-0009.


The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

The Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) provides high quality, relevant, and objective information and economic analysis on interactions among natural resources, environmental quality, and agricultural and non-agricultural activities in rural communities. RRED monitors and analyzes the multiple links between the rural economy--agriculture and nonagricultural sectors--and natural resources and environmental quality.


The Farm and Rural Business Branch (FRB) develops, interprets and disseminates current analyses and longer term perspectives on the financial structure, performance, and viability of farms, the farm sector, and rural areas.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation


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Major Duties:

The incumbent performs economic analysis and research, either providing technical support to higher graded economists, or independently performing assignments in accordance with established precedents. Specifically, the incumbent's assignment involves analysis and research to help determine the level and distribution of farm income and the value-added, assets and debt of farms and the farm sector. The incumbent, working on project teams, conducts limited economic analyses and research related to the financial position and performance of farms and the farm sector in the U.S. economy.


The incumbent helps plan and conduct economic analyses and assists other economists by conducting segments of larger, more complex studies undertaken by the Agency. The primary focus of the incumbent's work is assisting in the establishment of estimates and forecasts of farm income and value-added and farm assets and liabilities, providing perspective on changes in the economic and financial environment affecting farm operations and the farm sector that are distributed through a variety of electronic and print media.


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Basic Requirements:

1.    Degree: A bachelor’s (or higher) degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


2.    Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above:

GS-09: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in economics or related discipline.  For this position, specialized experience includes the following: 1) experience implementing an economic research study relevant to agriculture; 2) knowledge of advance (graduate level) microeconomic and quantitative analysis; and 3) skill in communicating economic concepts and research results.


GS-11: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics or related discipline.  For this position, specialized experience includes the following: 1) experience independently planning, conceptualizing, and implementing an economic research study relevant to agriculture; 2) knowledge of advance (graduate level) microeconomic and quantitative analysis; and 3) skill in communicating economic concepts and research results.


Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and experience may be used to meet experience requirements.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    ·         Experience analyzing and evaluating complex agricultural economic studies.

    ·         Skill in using major statistical and analytical software packages.

    ·         Skill handling complex data sets.

    Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

    Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


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    A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.


    Selective Service System:
    Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
    CLICK HERE for further information.

    Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
    If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
    CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

    Financial Disclosure Requirement:
    The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
    REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

    False Statements:
    If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

    Reasonable Accommodation:
    Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


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    Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

    Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

    Option A:  Online Application

    Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to

    Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

    To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
    Click here to print a fax cover page 
    2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 812947
    .  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
    3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    Option B:  Fax

    If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

    1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    2. Print the
    1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


    The following documents are required:  

    • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
    • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)

    In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

    Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

    Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

    Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.


    Ericka Moore
    Phone: (301)504-1416
    TDD: 2028551234
    Agency Information:
    Economic Research Service
    5601 Sunnyside Avenue Rm 3-1274A
    Beltsville, MD


    Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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