ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE MINIMUM EDUCATION AND THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-890 SERIES.
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.
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:
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.
Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully 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.
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.
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.)
For the GS-7 level you must show possession of one year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent in the Federal sector. Examples of the level of experience must clearly demonstrate experience in reviewing guidance, policies, precedents and procedures in engineering phases of conservation practices to solve natural resource concerns; providing assistance on soil and water problems to farmers, landowners and others; assisting with the planning, designing, coordinating and overseeing construction of waterways, diversions, conservation practices, etc.; utilizing computer software such as CAD or other computer aided design or drafting software to create professional engineering design plans and drawings; assisting with natural resource or environmental planning; making technical presentations; etc. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents).
For the GS-9 level you must show possession of one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level or equivalent in the Federal sector. Examples of the level of experience must clearly demonstrate experience in establishing guidance, policies, precedents and procedures in engineering phases of conservation practices to solve natural resource concerns; providing assistance on soil and water problems to farmers, landowners and others; planning, designing, coordinating and overseeing construction of waterways, diversions, engineering and conservation practices, etc.; utilizing computer software such as CAD or other computer aided design or drafting software to create professional engineering design plans and drawings; preparing technical or scientific reports; providing advice and guidance with natural resource or environmental planning; making technical presentations; etc. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents).
See Qualification Standards on the internet at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-PROF.HTM and http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0890.htm.
Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service and porfessional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.
**This position requires you to work outdoors, walk on rough terrain, jump ditches, climb steep banks and at times under adverse weather conditions.**
- You must submit a complete application to be considered for this position.
- If selected, you must serve a one-year probationary period.
- You may be required to do some travel.
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
- NRCS utilizes e-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility.
- You must have the ability to use a computer.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, applicants will be required to complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated competitively 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 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.
VETERANS are eligible for veteran's preference if service was performed: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Also includes those who served on Active Duty for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during Sept 11, 2001 to the ending of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.
Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, your application will be unrated with an explanation that the narrative does not support the self-report. Your application will receive no further consideration for this announcement. It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove eligibility for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove eligibility for this position.