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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Farm Service Agency

Job Announcement Number:UK816752-IL-MM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1101-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Springfield, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

See Area of Consideration Statement

JOB SUMMARY:

PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID. 

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:  RESTRICTED TO CURRENT PERMANENT FSA FEDERAL/COUNTY EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND USDA CTAP CANDIDATES.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • Complete occupational questionnaire and submit resume/supporting documents.
  • Financial disclosure will be required.

DUTIES:

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This position is assigned to the FSA ILLINOIS STATE OFFICE, Price Support Branch, located in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

The selectee participates in and shares in the responsibility for planning, directing, and administering all aspects of primary and related agricultural commodity and livestock programs carried out by the State FSA Office. Interprets instructions and procedures with respect to current and proposed programs and assists higher graded specialists in preparation of procedures, supplements, instructions and forms for use in the administration of programs. The Agricultural Specialist may be assigned responsibility for administration of a smaller program or segment of a program having broader scope. Duties and projects assigned are designed to accomplish less technical aspects of the assigned agricultural programs and objectives of the State FSA Office and to provide support to higher graded specialists.

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Wednesday, January 30, 2013. 

 

You may start at the GS-9 level if you have the following qualifications:

 

  • One full-time year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of farm operations, land use and value, production of various crops and livestock and prices and markets. This experience may have been gained in such work as reviewing and/or servicing small agricultural loans or providing comprehensive technical support to farm programs; OR
  • Successful completion of at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in finance, business administration, economics, accounting, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, statistics, or another field related to the position such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock, farm management, ranch management, rural sociology, dairy science, agricultural marketing, domestic agricultural development or agronomy; OR
  • A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours) may be combined with experience.


College Transcript:  If you are qualifying based on education, 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, if applicable.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work.  An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. The questions are related to the fundamental competencies, such as customer service, decision making, flexibility, interpersonal skills, learning, oral communication, planning and evaluating, self management, teamwork, and writing, required for the job for which you are applying. 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.


BENEFITS:

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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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 http://www.sss.gov/ for more information.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Required Documents if applicable (i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc).

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 11:59 p.m. EDT on  Wednesday, January 30, 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 not applying online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.


Click View Occupational Questionnaire to download the questions, and
Click OPM Form 1203FX if submitting questionnaire responses by fax, and
CLICK REQUIRED Fax Cover Page to submit any documents by fax.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time) prior to the application deadline.  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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and 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 a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career-conditional/career status, position title; series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

3. If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa Mahone
Phone: (816)926-1712
TDD: 800-735-2966
Email: MELISSA.MAHONE@KCC.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Farm Service Agency
Beacon Facility - Mail Stop 8398
PO Box 419205
9240 Troost Ave KCMO 64131-3055
Kansas City, MO
64141-6205

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 http://applicationmanager.gov/.


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Job Announcement Number:

UK816752-IL-MM

Control Number:

335818400