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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Soil Conservation Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:SC-13-892200-SP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 16, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, SC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals, Interagency Career Transitions Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles, and Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles.

 Please read the entire vacancy announcement and follow the specific instructions for applying.  Failure to do so may eliminate you from consideration.

South Carolina 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.  Participation in NRCS programs is voluntary. The people we serve want us with them 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!





  • --Must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • -- Must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation
  • --Must meet education/experience requirements--See Qualifications Section
  • --Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • --Must possess a valid state driver's license
  • -- Must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation


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This position is located in Hampton, South Carolina Field Office, and the incumbent will be responsible for providing assistance to the NRCS District Conservationist, Soil and Water Conservation District, other local groups and landowners in the planning and application of total resource management system plans; providing conservation planning assistance from initial evaluation to completion using the nine step planning process. The incumbent investigates, surveys and gathers information for complex conservation practices and provides layout assistance and construction inspections on complex practices within the serviced area. Prepares design material lists, cost estimates and engineering plans for the construction of complex conservation practices and approves engineering jobs which are within job approval authority. Provides training to NRCS and SWCD on surveying, staking, information gathering, design, engineering plan preparation and construction inspection. Other duties as assigned. 



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To qualify for this position based on work experience, education or a combination of work experience and education.


To qualify at the GS-05 grade level you need ONE of the following:


Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Government.  This experience must have included a knowledge of the processes, methods, and procedures associated with technician duties to apply a number of the technical methods and procedures applicable to duties common to biological science(s) supported with little  discretion to deviate from the technical methods assigned for use.  This experience required you to resolve exceptions and special problems or to make adaptations in the sequencing of the interrelated tasks associated with those tasks.  This requires the ability to record instrument reading, collect a specified amount, quantity, and type of samples; or take measurements; but does not require the interpretation of the results.



Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.  No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.


To qualify at the GS-06 grade level you need ONE of the following:


Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Government.  This experience includes resolving the full range of irregular or problem situations when performing a wide variety of either highly interrelated tasks or nonstandard assignments.  A knowledge of the basic principles of a biological science is required to assess readings and measurements taken, tests executed, observations made, work completed, samples collected, etc.,  This requires the operation of complex equipment such as those with numerous components or parts which must be calibrated and synchronized to achieve desired results, e.g. those used in highly mechanized cartographic, hydrographic, or photogrammatic surveying; pressure chamber diving experiments; or sophisticated laboratory experiments on fluids. 



Successful completion of at least six months of a course of study from an accredited college or university, above the bachelor’s degree leading to a masters’ degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.


Specialized experience is defined as experience in surveying, designing and laying out of conservation practices using the nine step conservation planning process.

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience.  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.


This position requires regular and recurring exertion related to conservation work such as walking on rough terrain, jumping ditches and furrows, or climbing steep banks.  A pre-employment physical may be required if no physical is on file.

To perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator.  This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.  A valid state driver's license is required. 


  •   Public Law 104-134 requires that all federal employees receive salary payments
      via direct deposit.
  •   You must have the ability to use a computer.
  •   You must be able to lift and carry up to 45 lbs
  •   You must meet the positive education / specialized experience by the closing
      date of this announcement.
  •   You  may be required to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
      You must submit a complete application package to be considered for this
  •   You will be required to do some travel.


How You Will Be Evaluated:

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 by
Friday, May 31, 2013, your
application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may
not receive full consideration or  be considered eligible.  All the information
you provide may be verified by 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 removal
after employment begins.

The questionnaire may consist of multiple choices, yes/no responses as well as
narrative responses to questions developed for this position.  Applicants must
choose the best answer that is supported by their resume, transcripts, and other
supporting documentation that have been requested.  

To preview Assessment Questions only click on the following link: View Assessment Questions

To preview Occupational  Questionnaire click on the following link: View Occupational Questionnairennaire

You may upload your resume and additional materials to submit your  application. You will receive a notice via email confirming receipt of your on-line application. 



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NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, alternative work schedules, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System and a family friendly work evnironment.  The following website address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees



Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised.  If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (i.e. the promotion potential grade), you may be promoted to the target grade without further competition.  However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you.  Your
promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level duties.


Information on Special Hiring Authorities

You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:
•       a 30% compensably disabled Veteran
•       a VRA eligible ( The VRA
hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
•       a person with a severe physical handicap
(  Clearly indicate on your application you are
applying under a Special Hiring Authority, provide required documentation of
your handicap and indicate the type of accommodation you are requesting.
•      a Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer -

You must state in their application under which of these special hiring authorities they wish to be considered. To be considered under a special hiring authority as well as the regular competitive process, applicants must request the dual consideration. 

Submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a special hiring authority.

Information on Veterans’ Preference 

If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated
under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.

To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, click on the site shown below:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. OF 306 - 
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
Friday, May 31, 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. 
If you are unable to upload supporting documents, you may fax them by printing and completing a cover page (click the following link for the cover page)   and use the following Vacancy ID 892200  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, 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

After the closing date of this announcement, complete applications will be evaluated.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  We expect to have a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


For this job announcement YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL the following documents:

      • Your responses to the on-line occupational questionnaire, and
      • Resume   

      • OF 306 - 
      • College Transcripts (legible copy acceptable, original necessary if selected)
      • If claiming Veteran's Preference or eligibility for VRA or VEOA, provide
      basic eligibility information and submit a member 4copy of your DD Form 214.

      If claiming service-connected disabilities, submit a current SF-15 and supporing documents.


For more information on veterans' preference eligibility go to and


NOTE: Do not mail a copy of your application packet to Washington, D.C.



Marty Bright-Rivera
Phone: (803)253-3920
Agency Information:
1400 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC



Once the online questionnaire is properly transmitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After  reviews of  "ALL" applications are made you will be notified and if you will be referred to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.



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