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Job Title:  Contracting Officer
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  ME-13-857027-SL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bangor, ME United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Natural Resources Conservation Services provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

This is a Merit Promotion vacancy announcement, only status candidates (ie. current or former Federal employees) or those with special hiring eligibility are eligible to apply through this announcement.

This position is located on the Administrative Staff in the Maine State Office in Bangor, Maine. The incumbent serves as the Contracting Officer and directs the operations of the management services provided to the State for negotiation and administration of contracts and project agreements, communication, equipment management, claims, procurement, property, records management and other services.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Vehicle Operators License
  • Annual Financial Disclosure, OGE-450, required
  • Must have the ability to obtain a FAC-C Level II Certificate within 1 year


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The duties listed are at the full performance level. The same duties are performed at the GS-11 level with some modification and closer supervision.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs Contracting Officer duties for Maine as a warranted contracting officer. Responsible for all contracting and procurement actions including pre-award and post award functions.
  • Administers contracts, prepares contract modifications, and performs pre and post award inspections
  • Assists in acquiring office space using leasing procedures or agreements with other agencies.
  • Serves as the Purchase Card and coordinator for the state of Maine. Acquires supplies, services, and equipment from a wide variety of sources. Arranges for the needed maintenance of office equipment, machines and furniture.
  • Provides advice and guidance to technical and program management personnel involved in the development of projects requirements.
  • Serves as the Fleet card manager and is responsible for purchase and disposal of the vehicle fleet.
  • Performs contract award duties, realty assistance, and survey review for easements and appraisals.
  • Responsible for property management.
  • Supervises one purchasing agent.
  • Manages grant and agreement activities.


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By the closing date of this announcement, applicants must meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification requirements for the GS-1102 series as indicated in the Operating Manual for General Schedule Positions. For more information, visit

To meet the basic eligibility requirements, candidates must have:

A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;


B. At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following field: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level OR 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. There is no educational substitute for this level.

Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Experience must be typically in or related to the work of the position described.


Time In Grade: Merit Promotion ("Status") candidates must have completed at least 52 weeks of service equivalent to the next lower grade.





As part of the application process, applicants will be required to complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.  To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 

Once the application process is complete and the job announcement closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's eligible under VEOA and those eligible under the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) are eligible to apply and receive initial consideration under this announcement.  Please visit: for further guidance.  Applicants must submit DD Form 214, VA Disability Rating Letter and other documents necessary to support Veteran Status. 


Peace Corps/VISTA:  Applicants within 1-year after release from Peace Corp/VISTA may be eligible to apply through this announcement.  To do so eligible applicants must submit the Peace Corps Statement Of Service that must contain a statement on eligibility to apply for Federal Jobs for 1-year as a "Status" applicant. 

Please note: 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, 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.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove eligibility for this position.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For detailed information, please visit


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant, you may apply for selection priority over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP and CTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. Veterans  eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) and those eligible under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) program may apply and receive initial consideration under this announcement. Please visit for further guidance. Applicants must submit DD Form 214, VA Disability Rating Letter and/or other documents necessary to support veteran status.

3. Peace Corps/VISTA:  Within 1 year of release from Peace Corps/VISTA, volunteers may be eligible to apply through this announcement. To do so, eligible applicants must the applicable statement of service documenting their eligibility to apply for Federal jobs as a status candidate.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You may apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements of this position and you are eligible for special hiring authority such as those authorized for veterans; severely disabled individuals; Peace Corps or Vista volunteers, etc. Please indicate on your application the special hiring authority you are seeking and follow all other instructions for applying.

6. A background investigation will be required for all new appointments. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

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

8. Relocation expenses are not authorized.   

9. Probationary Period: If appointed on first competitive appointment or appointment in a new line of work, selectee must serve a 12-month probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget, suitability, background review or other reasons.

10.  E-Verify:  Your employment eligibility will be verified through an online check of databases maintained by the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. 

11.  Vehicle Operation: A valid state driver's license is required. Selected candidate may serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator on public and private roads during daylight and after dark, as needed, to perform the duties of the position.

12.  Your pay grade and step will be determined by Federal Pay Regulations. 

13.  All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

14.  Reference Checks may be conducted prior to any interviews being conducted.  By applying for this announcement you are giving consent for these reference checks.  Check may include current supervisor, prior supervisor or others in line of sight within previously held positions. 

15.  Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised. If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (full promotion level), you may be promoted to the target grade level without further competition. However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you. Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level of duties.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:
1.       Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2.       Your résumé, college transcripts, and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 
Do not submit as incomplete package; it impacts your consideration  

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by  Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Option A:   Application Manager
To begin, choose one of these options: 

  • If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.
  • If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire.

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links you used to begin as described above, or simply go to   

Option B:   Paper Qualifications Questionnaire
If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Application must be received no later than the closing date of this announcement.  Follow these steps:  

1.  You can view and print a copy of the Qualifications Questionnaire by clicking on this link: View Occupational Questionnaire
2.  Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
3.  You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.
      By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.   The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.   Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


Step 2
For this job announcement the following documents are or may be required:  
Resume, Transcripts (Student Copies are Acceptable), Qualifications (SF-50, Last Appraisal), Veterans Preference documentation and Miscellaneous (OF-306)

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

The required documents for all applicants are:  Resume and College Transcripts; plus depending on your situation:
Current Status and Prior-Status Government Employees must submit last SF-50 - Notice of Personnel Action that include Series, Grade, etc & last completed Performance report.  Military Veteran applicants must submit DD Fm 214 or Statement of Service and an SF-15 and VA Disability Rating letter, if applying as Disabled Veteran.  
Peace Corps applicants must submit a Statement of Service.
Special Hiring applicants must submit the necessary documents to support eligibility.   

Limit Resume to 10 pages or less, unsolicited materials, such as copies of position descriptions and publications will not be considered in the review process.  Student copies of transcripts are acceptable to receive initial consideration.
Call or e-mail the POC listed at the end of this job announcement if you have questions on application documentation requirement.  Failing to submit a complete package impacts considered for this position.  It is up to the applicant to ensure application is complete; after applying you can go back through application manager to verify the status of your application. 

IMPORTANT - Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  
Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.     

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number  857027
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:    

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Stephanie Landry
Phone: (207)990-9100x3
Agency Information:
967 Illinois Avenue
Suite #3
Bangor, ME


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If you apply by fax, your fax transmittal is confirmation of your submission. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. After a selection is made, you will receive a disposition notice.

Please note: Your computer systems access is your responsibility to maintain; undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this jobs vacancy identifier (857027). Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information. If, at any time, you decide that you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please us to withdraw your name. If you cannot be contacted, or do not respond to requested information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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