Applicants must meet all of the qualification/minimum requirements of this position by the closing date of this job vacancy announcement.
Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
Physical Requirements: The work is performed primarily outdoors, involving regular and recurring exposure to operating agricultural equipment, adverse weather ranging from extreme heat or cold, biting insects, wildlife, poisonous plants and uneven or hilly terrain. You must be able to safely handle and lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 lbs. The work requires continuous lifting, moving or carrying irregular-shaped objects such as trees, plants, sacks, boxes, tools and/or equipment. You may have to push heavy wheelbarrows over rough terrain. You will frequently uses shovels, hoes or picks where dirt may be hard clay and compact. The ground may be uneven, sandy, wet and/or slippery.
Experience: You must possess a background that shows the ability to perform the duties of this position under a normal level of supervision. This work experience can include farm labor, nursery work, landscaping or general maintenance work. Applicants must possess the ability to follow oral or written instructions. Other qualifying work experience includes identifying trees and grasses; harvesting and transplanting tree pole cuttings and moving potted plants over a variety of terrain.
Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work. To receive proper credit for your paid or unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time, dates, and hours per week spent in such activities (example 3/1/2002 through 5/9/2006, 40 hours per week). In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Applicants will be rated solely on the information provided in their original application. No additional information will be requested or accepted.
Valid State Driver's License: You must have a valid driver's license for this position. You may be required to drive a vehicle onsite, on public and/or on private roads. This driving could be in the daytime and/or nighttime.
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/.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 skills or competencies 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 identified as important for successful job performance.
Well-Qualified: Applicants possess 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.
Veteran's preference: Veteran's preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed 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. To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference click on this site: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/mservice.htm
To preview the occupational assessment questions please click here: View Assessment Questions. The occupational questionnaire that you will complete online will evaluate the following skills or competencies:
A. Perform the work as a Laborer under normal supervison (Screen-out).
B. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
C. Ability to o operate and maintain tools and equipment used in tree, shrub, and grass seed production.
D. Knowledge of safety procedures such as lifting, moving and operating various planting, cultivating and seed harvesting equipment.
Information on Special Hiring Authorities: If you wish to be considered under a special hiring authority, as well as under the regular competitive process, you must request dual consideration. You also must submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under the requested special hiring authority: