Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in Soil Conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering that includes
- 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field
- 12 semester hours in a combination of soils, and crops or plant science.
- Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
Or a combination of education and experience. However education must meet the semester hour requirement as outlined above.
Note: Partial credit for courses cannot be given.
Copies of official College Transcripts are mandatory for this position.
Specialized experience is defined as the following:
-To qualify for the GS-5 Grade Level: Minimum qualifications as stated above.
-To qualify for the GS-7 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Providing assistance to land managers in planning and applying conventional conservation practices on their land to maintain or improve production while conserving soil and water resources.
--One year of graduate-level education in a related field or superior academic achievement (upper third of graduating class, 3.0 or greater GPA overall or 3.5 or greater GPA within Major, or honor society membership).
-- To qualify for the GS-9 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Experience assisting landowners with conservation planning; providing technical advice to producers on keeping their plans current; providing resource planning assistance from initial inventory and evaluation through to completion; and other related duties relevant to the occupation..
-- A Masters degree or 36 semester hours of progressively higher graduate education leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.
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.
* The work involves regular and physical exertion related to conservation work in an outdoor environment.
* The work involves exposure to operating agricultural equipment and adverse weather conditions.
* Travel on improved and unimproved roads may be required.
* You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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. 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 and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
Best Qualified:Applicant possesses all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicant possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicant meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.
Your occupational (assessment) questionnaire will be scored based on your responses. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the following knowledge, skills and abilities (found in the questionnaire) for this position
1. Knowledge of conservation planning and implementation processes.
2. Ability to evaluate field data, recognize needs, and make decisions.
3.Knowledge of computer hardware and general purpose software applicaitons.
4. Skill in communication in order to implement, sell and maintain a conservation program.
Veteran's preference rules for Category Rating apply. CPS - 30% disability or higher, CP - 10%-30% disabled, TP - Qualifying Veteran, XP - Spouse, Widow/Widower, Mother of deceased Veteran, or Purple Heart recipient. Documentation and request for preference must be submitted at the time of application.
To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions