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Job Title:  Range Technician
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-886510-13-TM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.41 to $17.43 / Per Hour
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013
Intermittent - Intermittent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Elko, NV United StatesView Map
Temporary Intermittent appointment not to exceed 1038 work hours in a service year.


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!  (


This announcement is open to all US Citizens.  More than one selection may be made from this announcement.  This is a Temporary Intermittent appointment.  The selected individual is limited to working no more than 1038 work hours in a service year.  Based upon workload and budget restrictions this position is not expected to continue beyond one year from the date of appointment but may be extended.   This position does not provide any federal benefits.  Sick and annual leave are not earned and the work hours of the individual will vary considerably based upon the workload.

The position is an excepted service non-status appointment. 




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


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 The individual assists the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) professionals who provide assistance to landowners in applying range conservation practices.  This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Assists in making plant identification of range sites, ecological range conditions, range trends, forage production and wildlife habitat, as a step in developing conservation plans.


Assists in preparing range site and condition maps for a geographic record of the range resource.


Assists in planning fencing, water development, seeding, brush management and other needed supplemental grazing land treatment.


This training also includes information and education activities, working relationships with district governing body, other state, federal and local groups at the county level.


A valid state driver's license is required.

May need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions. 


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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:



For consideration as a GS-4, you must have at least six months of specialized work experience (equivalent to the GS-3 level in the federal service) which provided sufficient knowledge of plant identification on range sites, ecological range conditions, forage production and wildlife habitats to assist with steps developing conservation plans. Experience assisting in planning fencing, water development, seeding, brush management and other supplemental grazing land treatment. AND have six months of general work experience.



Have two years above high school with courses related to range conservation technician duties. Courses that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soils science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.



Have a combination of work experience and education (as listed in B above) that totals at least 100 percent when combined to qualify at the GS-4 level (see websites listed above for more information)

If using education to qualify for this position you must include a copy of your  transcripts along with any relevant course descriptions, and title of thesis work in order to have education considered.   Foreign Education — Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. For more information please visit

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


·         A Valid Driver's License


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


You must be a US Citizen


 You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement


Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line 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 lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

The on-line occupational questionnaire that you will complete on-line will address the following knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position. 



Knowledge and understanding of rangeland management methods and practices


Ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate monitoring data;


Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others and communicate orally and in writing.


To preview questions please View Assessment Questions.

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 identified 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 meet 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 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.



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This position does not provide any federal benefits.  Sick and annual leave are not earned and the work hours of the individual will vary considerably based upon the workload.


Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should 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.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.

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. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.  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. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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

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 Tracy McDermott in the servicing personnel office at (530) 792-5646, 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.


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 a 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 Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 13, 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. 
Note: To verify your application is complete log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID


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.886510


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé
  • College Transcripts to support Education claimed, if applicable
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)


Tracy McDermott
Phone: (530)792-5646
Agency Information:
430 G Street
Suite 4164
Davis, CA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your application materials 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 if one has not been previously conducted.  A final job offer for this position is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.

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