To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.
GS-5: A four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.
GS-7: One full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education in agriculture, mathematics, engineering, science, business, economics;
Superior Academic Achievement. To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click Superior Academic Achievement
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
You are qualify for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts
GENERAL EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have three years of general, progressively responsible experience, one year of which is equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. General experience is that which demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing. Such experience may have been gained performing the following types of work - commodity buyer, receiving clerk, office manager, administrative assistant (with decision-making responsibility), food processing laboratory work (managerial or technical), and farm experience that included responsibility for decision-making (excludes general laborers). General clerical experience (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
Performs grading, sampling and/or inspection assignments of a simple and routine nature.
Displays greater knowledge of grading principles, standards, and regulations, increased skill in identifying and describing product defect, and/or skill and knowledge in inspecting facilities.
Draws samples of product, performs mechanical tests, attends formal training courses in grading agricultural commodities, and grades samples.
Grades and inspects distinct products for comparison with clear standards and common contract specifications.
Identifies and describes common product defects or diseases to establish their causes.
Identifies and determines the cause of common defects and diseases of these products or product types.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5/7 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions
As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
Selectee will be required to complete a self-certification medical statement.
Selectee will be subject to a post-employment medical examination.
Work environment includes exposure to freezing and/or hot temperatures, slippery surfaces, moving materials, handling equipment, high noise level, and similar risks typical of fruit and vegetable and related processing plants and storage areas.
Work requires ability to work in close proximity to others and/or alone; to work weekends and overtime; to travel for extended periods of time; to work multiple shifts and change/rotate shifts; and to operate a motor vehicle.
Valid state driver's license required at time of hiring.
Selectee will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement at the time of appointment indicating willingness to accept a reassignment to other geographical locations throughout the United States.
Work requires periods of physical exertion to lift and move boxes and cartons of product weighing up to 50 pounds; prolonged periods of standing, walking, stooping, bending, and climbing; physical coordination and finger dexterity in at least one hand to perform digital examinations of commodities; normal or corrected vision in at least one eye for distance, depth perception, and color to detect abnormalities in product; ability to assure safety in a highly-mechanized and/or noisy environment through adequate or correctable hearing; use of both legs, arms, and hands to perform carrying, pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, kneeling, grasping, and working with hands in water; ability to determine product quality organoleptically (e.g. through sight, smell, and/or taste).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
To preview questions please click here.
- Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
- General Commodity Inspection and Grading Skills
- Communication Skills
- Decision Making, Leadership, Supervisory and Project/Program Management
- Processed Fruit & Vegetable Grading
- Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
- Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
- If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.