To Meet the Basic Eligibility Requirement, you must have:
A Bachelor's or higher degree, (including 300 and 400 level courses), in Soil Conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering that includes at least 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils, and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
Note: Partial credit for courses cannot be given.
Combination of education and experience in Soil Conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource, such as those listed in the answer choice above. The study must have included at least 30 semester hours, (including 300 and 400 level courses), in natural resource or agricultural fields, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
In combination with the basic educational requirements, professional work experience that includes the application of techniques, principles, and methods from specialized fields such as agricultural and natural resources, soil science, forestry, agronomy, or other experience relevant to the GS-0457-series. Professional work experience is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4 year course of study with a major in soil conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline.
In addition to meeting the Basic Eligibility Requirement, you must also meet the following:
Examples of Qualifying Specialized Experience for GS-12: One year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade 11 level performing duties such as developing complex conservation plans for landowners, conservation groups and units of local government that involved a variety of soil patterns and practices and contract development utilizing automated systems.
All CTAP and ICTAP eligible candidates must meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, all mandatory education requirements, medical qualifications, suitability, and experience requirements. Candidates must also be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry, and be physically qualified with reasonable accommodations where appropriate to perform the essential duties of the position.
In addition, eligible applicants must be found well-qualified in order to receive CTAP and/or ICTAP priority consideration. The well-qualified criteria are met when the applicant exceeds the minimum level in at least one Competency.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES - (DO NOT RESPOND)
1. Knowledge of fundamental soil, water, and resource conservation theories, concepts and principles.
2. Ability to develop and implement conservation plans for various program objectives and initiatives.
3. Ability to plan, survey, design, and supervise the application of conservation measures.
4. Skill in communication.
5. Knowledge of management, and EEO/CR policies and practices.
6. Ability to analyze data, evaluate facts to make natural resources decisions.
7. Ability to lead and motivate others and maintain working relationships.
8. Knowledge of national, federal, USDA and NRCS programs, policies, and procedures.
9. Knowledge of automated equipment and software.
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.
In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, OR that your resume does not support the score on your questionnaire, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. In addition, if you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experiences and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, your application will be unrated with an explanation that the narrative does not support the self-report. Your application will receive no further consideration for this announcement.