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Job Title:Laborer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:MT-861939-CK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$11.55 to $11.55 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 29, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-3502-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 11/16/2013

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

03

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Los Lunas, NM United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources in partnership with America's land owners.  

The 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.  Visit our website to learn more and see why this is such a great place to work!  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ 

This is a Competitive (DEU) Vacancy announcement and is open to U.S. Citizens. 

This announcement is for three (3) positions which will be located at the Los Lunas Plant Material Center, in Los Lunas, New Mexico.   

These positions are temporary and have a Not-to-Exceed (NTE) date of November 16, 2013.   Appointments may be terminated sooner than this date depending on work project needs, funding and/or employee performance. 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for these positions.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license

DUTIES:

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In support of this mission, the primary duties of this positions will be:

  • Assist in the maintenance of 60 acres of native seed production fields, including hoeing weeds from native seed fields of grasses, forbs and shrubs as directed. 
  • Assist in planting new seed production fields with grass plugs or woody transplants using a mechanical transplanter or hand shovels.
  • Prune, weed, fertilize and water by hand containerized nursery plants as directed. 
  • Organize; consolidate inventory; sort and cull; and load/unload trailers with containerized nursery plants as directed by species. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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:


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):   The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85.   You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Career Assistance Program (CTAP):   The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  For individuals applying under CTAP authority, your eligibility begins when you receive: a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice; a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85.   You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Reasonable Accommodation:  NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  

EEO Statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all 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, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Note 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application.  Please see the "Required Documents" section below.  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013.

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.  Mailed/e-mail applications will not be accepted. 

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.

If you apply online, you may fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this single page cover sheet http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 861939. 
  2. Placing the cover sheet on top of your documents, fax your application materials to: 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online, you may apply via a fax machine: 

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.  The 1203FX form will serve as a fax cover sheet, so must be placed on top of all materials being faxed.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form with supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, the following documents are required:

  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire 
  • A resume or OF-612 Application for Employment
  • If claiming Veteran's Preference or eligibility for VRA or VEOA, provide basic eligibility information and submit proof of military service, such as a copy of DD Form 214 (must show character of service) if active duty.  If claiming service-connected disabilities, submit a current Standard Form SF-15 and the documents specified on the form for the type of preference being claimed.  For more information on veterans' preference eligibility go to http://www.usajobs.gov/veterans.asp   and   http://www.fedshirevets.gov/   
  • If claiming CTAP/ICAP eligibility, you must provide proof of eligibility by providing a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 annotating current position, grade level, and duty location. Your on-line application must also indicate your selection for CTAP/ICTAP consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christina Klima
Phone: (406)587-6869
Email: CHRISTINA.KLIMA@MT.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS WEST
10 E Babcock Street
Bozman, MT
59715

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an automated acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education.  After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration.   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.  You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at http://applicationmanager.gov/.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

MT-861939-CK

Control Number:

340558900