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Job Title:Agricultural Engineer (Term)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:CA-DEU-885002-13-JN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0890-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Susanville, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

TERM, not to exceed 13 months but may be extended up to 4 years

JOB SUMMARY:

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 (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov) 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!  ( http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/). 

This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months, but may be extended up to 4 years.

This position is open to all United States Citizens.  More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

The VIN/VID for this announcement is 885002.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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    MAJOR DUTIES

1. Engineering Technical Support (70%)

 

a. Performs all aspects of professional engineering to complete planning, design, and construction of a wide variety of complex engineering practices. Designs, completes or directs the completion of design work, construction drawings, and specifications for engineering projects in accordance with the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), design handbooks and industry standards.

 

b. Provides guidance to field office and other engineering staff in conducting engineering surveys and conducting investigations to obtain basic data necessary for the planning, design, and construction of engineering projects. Reviews and approves design work, construction drawings, and specifications prepared by field office staff, local agencies and contractors in accordance with part 501, National Engineering Manual and Field Office Technical Guide.

 

c. Serves as the local NRCS engineering representative and complies with all local and state requirements for the design and application of engineering practices

 

2. Training and Quality assurance (30%)

 

a. Provides on-the-job or formal training, advises and provides technical guidance to conservationists, engineers, technicians, contractors, and others in the proper use of engineering guides, NRCS engineering policy and criteria, plans and specifications, and construction quality assurance and inspection. Performs quality reviews to ensure engineering requirements are met. Assists District Conservationists and the Area Engineer in analyzing field office engineering training needs.

b. Serves as Government Representative for locally and federally administered construction contracts. Establishes requirements and supervises the inspection of construction activities as it progresses. Interprets contract drawings and other documents and approves quality of completed work. Prepares contract modifications and approves payment for completed work.

Assigned work requires regular and recurring prolonged walking over rough terrain, and may require the operation of off-road and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).  Work will be required in remote, isolated areas and livestock production sites.  Work will be required in adverse weather conditions.

Work involves exposure to farm and heavy construction equipment.  This position will require occasional overnight travel for work, meetings, training, etc.  Incumbent will be required to obtain, maintain, and use a government-issued charge card for any official travel.

A valid State Driver’s License is required.

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Candidates must meet the basic educational qualifications AND-

 

---For consideration at the following levels:

 

GS-7 Level – Possession of a Bachelor of Science degree in professional engineering or other equivalent education as outlined in the announcement AND meet Superior Academic Achievement requirements which are defined as a) An OVERALL GPA of 3.0 or greater, OR) A GPA within your major field of study of 3.5 or greater, OR) graduated in the upper third of your class, OR) membership in an honor society (see vacancy announcement for more information). http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

                                                                  OR

Possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-5 level (professional or technician level) of Federal service, indicating your ability to perform the duties of this position at the GS-7 level. Your resume and/or application materials clearly demonstrate you have performed the following duties as a regular part of your job under close supervision: used basic knowledge of agriculture, civil, environmental engineering principles, practices, and techniques from both theoretical and practical standpoints in selecting, and making minor modifications to established guides, policies, precedents and procedures in implementing engineering practices on agricultural lands.

 

                                                                  OR
GS-7 Level - Successfully completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering.

                                                                  OR

GS-7 Level-Possess at least 1 year (or 18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's degree or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of an Agricultural Engineer



GS-9 Level - Possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 level of Federal service, indicating your ability to perform the duties of this position at the GS-9 level. Your resume and/or application materials clearly demonstrate you have performed the following duties as a regular part of your job under minimal supervision: used practical knowledge of agriculture, civil, environmental engineering principles, practices, and techniques from both theoretical and practical standpoints in selecting, and making modifications to established guides, policies, precedents and procedures in implementing engineering practices on agricultural lands.

 

                                                                  OR

GS-9 Level- Have some specialized experience at the GS-7 level outlined above and possess some progressively higher graduate education leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of an Agricultural Engineer which when combined equal at least 100% to qualify for this position based upon the qualification standard available in the announcement. Your resume reflects the number of hours, weeks or months you spent performing the duties listed in the specialized experience and you have provided transcripts which reflect your education.

 

                                                                  OR
GS-9 Level-Possess at least 2 years (or 36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's degree or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of an Agricultural Engineer

                                                                 
GS-11 Level-Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level of Federal service, indicating your ability to perform the duties of this position at the GS-11 level. Your resume and/or application materials clearly demonstrate you have performed the following duties as a regular part of your job under minimal supervision: applied in depth knowledge of agriculture, civil, environmental engineering principles, practices, and techniques from both theoretical and practical standpoints in order to select, and make modifications to established guides, policies, precedents and procedures. Provided agricultural engineering assistance to farmers, ranchers, and urban customers on soil erosion, runoff concerns, nutrient management and sedimentation; provided assistance on watershed management and land treatment needs to groups and local governments; and provide interpretation to local government employees and other personnel regarding engineering policies, standards, and procedures.

 

                                                                  OR
GS-11 Level-Have some specialized experience at the GS-9 level outlined above in the vacancy announcement and possess some progressively higher graduate education leading to a DOCTORATE degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of an Agricultural Engineer which when combined equals at least 100% to qualify for this position based upon the qualification standard available in the announcement. Your resume reflects the number of hours, weeks or months you spent performing the duties listed in the specialized experience and you have provided transcripts which reflect your education.

 

                                                                  OR
GS-11 Level Possess at least 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a DOCTORATE degree or DOCTORATE degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of an Agricultural Engineer.

Educational Requirements:


  1. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR

  2. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

      Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

      Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.).

 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.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.  More information may be found at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SES-II/s2-e4.asp.

 

Please carefully review the Office of Personnel Managements Qualification Standard for Engineering positions to ensure you meet the educational qualifications for this announcement. http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0801.htm

Also use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements listed above.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp 

Additional Qualifications:

·         May need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions (please review the duties of the position listed on the announcement)

·        A Valid Driver's License.

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

 

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 critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position at the grade level(s) you wish to be considered.  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 of theories, principles, concepts, and practices of agricultural engineering

Ability to design and implement engineering practices as components of resource management systems

Ability to organize work and work with others in order to provide and obtain information from landowners

Knowledge of government conservation programs and associated policies, regulations and procedures

To preview questions please View Occupational Questionnaire

 

 


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

Travel 1-5 nights per month.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 jodi.nielsen@ca.usda.gov.  If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to http://www.gsa.gov/fedrelay  for assistance in contacting the person listed above.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).  The ICTAP/CTAP 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/CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your CTAP/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 CTAP/ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

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 www.sss.gov.

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.

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 Human Resources Office.

·         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.

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."

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 20, 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,
https://myusajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 885002.  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
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jodi Nielsen
Phone: (530)792-5614
Email: JODI.NIELSEN@CA.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS WEST
430 G Street
#4164
Davis, CA
95616-4164
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume 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 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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Job Announcement Number:

CA-DEU-885002-13-JN

Control Number:

343124700