1. Degree: A bachelors (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 masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in economics or related discipline. For this position, specialized experience includes conducting economic research on markets for agricultural commodities.
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 conducting economic research on U.S. and international markets for agricultural commodities and assisting in the preparation of economic related documents.
Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and experience may be used to meet experience requirements.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures.
Applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, agencies must verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.
Applicants must be available to report immediately upon completion of qualification requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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:
- Knowledge of current agricultural economic principles and concepts in order to perform complex studies related to agricultural markets.
- Ability to prepare data and analysis in support of studies related to commodity, food or resource markets.
- Skill in the use of statistical and econometric software packages to prepare and present economic research data.
- Ability to evaluate and interpret technical research information and disseminate results to various audiences.
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.