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Job Title:  Range Technician (TERM)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  CA-DEU-859610-13-JN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 15, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013
Full Time - Term NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Susanville, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!!  Visit our web site ( to learn more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation.  The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations.  Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands!  ( 

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens.  This is a TERM position, not to exceed 2 years.

A Term Appointment is a non-permanent appointment. This appointment is not a permanent one, so it does not give the employee competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  Because term employees do not have status, they may not apply for permanent appointments through agency internal merit promotion procedures, which are used for filling positions from the ranks of current and former permanent Federal employees.  However, qualifying experience gained while employed in a term position is considered when applying later for a permanent position.



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
  • NRCS Utilizes E-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License


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Participates in conducting range studies including vegetation inventories, forage utilization, range trend analysis and other similar studies common to the rangeland management program.

Participates in the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of monitoring data to determine if the resource management objectives are being met.

Provides technical assistance on design and application of a wide variety of range practices and most routine non-range practices.

Assists landowners in selecting, installing, and maintaining a variety of measures that conserve and improve soil, plant, water, wildlife, and/or recreational resources of a land area.

Identifies problems encountered by landowners in applying conservation practices.

To perform the duties of this position the incumbent must serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator.  This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.  A valid state driver’s license and Government Identification Card are required.


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For information on the qualification standards for this position please visit the group qualification standard at: and the individual occupational requirements at:



To qualify for GS-5 grade level:   Possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level in the federal government performing the following duties under close supervision: assisting in the installation and maintainance of conservation measures on public or privately owned land including farms, parks, shoreline, dams and reservoir areas, forests, and/or wildlife habitats; assisting senior technicians or specialists in conservation research and planning efforts.


Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.  No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.


a combination of experience and undergraduate level education in a discipline related to the position.  For more information please visit the occupational standards links listed on this announcement.

To qualify for the GS-6 grade level:  You must have one or more years of specialized experience comparable to the GS-5 level or higher performing the following duties under general supervision:  installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including farms, parks, shoreline, dams and reservoir areas, forests, and/or wildlife habitats; and advising property holders on the effectiveness of applying soil and water conservation practices or assisting in research efforts.


Completed 9 semester hours of graduate education leading to a Masters degree in agriculture, forestry, range management, or other subject-matter field directly related to the position.


a combination of experience and graduate level education in a discipline related to the position.  For more information please visit the occupational standards links listed on this announcement.


To qualify for the GS-7 grade level:  You must have one or more years of specialized experience comparable to the GS-6 level or higher performing the following duties under general supervision: working experience developing portions of conservation plans; assisting in the gathering of crop history, soil erosion data, drainage characteristics, land use data, and other resources showing knowledge of the application associated with rangeland management principles.


Completed one year (18 semester hours) of graduate education leading to a Masters degree in agriculture, forestry, range management, or other subject-matter field directly related to the position.


a combination of experience and graduate level education in a discipline related to the position.  For more information please visit the occupational standards links listed on this announcement.


If qualifying based on any education: It is mandatory for applicants to submit a copy of their college transcripts for all occupations with a positive education requirement.  Individuals who are currently in or have been in an occupation where there is a positive education requirement MUST still submit legible copies of college transcripts.  Failure to do so will result in non-consideration for the vacancy.  If the titles of the course work you believe is relevant towards meeting the minimum educational requirements do not obviously reflect the nature of the class work please submit course descriptions from your college catalogue, or college professors. 

NOTE:  For institutions on a QUARTER HOUR schedule: one QUARTER hour is equivalent to .67 of a SEMESTER UNIT/HOUR as described above.  If it not clear from your transcripts that your units are either semester or quarter, please indicate the type of units you earned on your application.


Foreign education may qualify please visit  to view what you need to do in order to have foreign education considered.

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work.  To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.

Additional Qualifications:

·         May need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions


·         Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required


You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Thursday, March 28, 2013.


You must have a valid state driver's license to be qualified for this position.



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.

Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line assessment questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

Your Assessment questionnaire will be scored based on your responses.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the following knowledges, skills and abilities (found in the assessment questionnaire) for this position:

Knowledge and understanding of rangeland management methods, practices, and resource relationships

Ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate monitoring data

Ability to communicate and to work with others

To preview questions please View Occupational Questionnaire



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NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Jodi Nielsen in the servicing personnel office at (530) 792-5614, or by e-mail  If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to  for assistance in contacting the person listed above.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

To claim veterans' preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof by closing date of the announcement.  Veterans with service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference must submit Form SF-15, Application for 10 point Veterans' Preference, with required supporting documentation by closing date of the announcement.  For more information on veterans' p reference please visit: or click on the icon listed at the bottom of the announcement or visit ( )

Information on ICTAP/CTAP- Individuals who have special priority selection eligibility under the Agency 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.  Well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets educational and experience requirements, meets all knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) at least minimally with one of the KSA's at  above minimally acceptable and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 30.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.7-3 for ICTAP.  This includes proof of eligibility, a copy of the 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.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify on your application that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.   See

Promotion Potential:  When promotion potential is shown,and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).  To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete online Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  Call to ensure all documents have been received.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 859610.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Include the vacacny ID 859610.


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé
  • Copy of relevant College Transcripts to support Education requirements if using education to qualify
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)
  • SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee)


Jodi Nielsen
Phone: (530)792-5614
Agency Information:
430 G Street
Davis, CA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.


More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

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