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Job Title:Secretary

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:WV-13-908951-DB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 17, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Morgantown, WV United StatesView Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The mission of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is to serve as the nation's lead agency for natural resource management and soil and water conservation on private lands.

This is for Status Candidate and those with Special Hiring eligibility.  All applicants eligible for this announcement are also eligible to apply to the "All Sources" announcement (WV-13-907776-DB) that runs concurrent with this vacancy.   This position is located in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Office, Morgantown, West Virginia.  Incumbent will serve as the Secretary to the State Conservationist and the Leadership Team providing administrative management and executive level assistance in the day-to-day operation of all NRCS program areas. 

Relocation expenses are not authorized.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Must be able to type a minimum of 40 wpm
  • If selected, must serve one-year probationary period
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


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·        Actively assist with the management of the State Office and State Leadership Team by performing administrative functions. 

·        Serve as confidential assistant to the State Conservationist and State Leadership Team members.

·        Maintain supervisor’s calendar; schedule appointments and prepare notes regarding discussion topics; make travel arrangements and prepare travel vouchers.

·        Receive and respond to routine and non-technical requests for information such as status of reports, and maintain suspense records on all correspondence and action documents.

·        Receive telephone calls and greet visitors, give routine and non-routine information; answer questions.

·        Prepare and type a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, requisitions, etc., using computer work station.

·        Organize and maintain files, records, manuals, and handbooks.






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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including the following specialized experience as identified by grade level.

AT THE GS-07 LEVEL: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service composing, reviewing and distributing correspondence.  You should have the ability to establish work priorities and manage multiple office duties.  You must have the ability to independently manage multiple office support duties and functions.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position.  

AT THE GS-8 LEVEL:  You must possess one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service composing, reviewing and distributing correspondence.  You must have knowledge of administrative concepts and practices sufficient to recommend changes in administrative policies, devise and install procedures and office practices, and foresee administrative problems and requirements.  You must have the ability to independently manage multiple office support duties and functions.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position.  

Selective Factor: You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Required Proficiency Skill(s):

You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute (Word per minute are based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors).  You can self-certify by your response to the assessment questionnaire.

Status applicants require 12 months Time-in-Grade at the next lower grade to qualify for status promotion consideration.

You must be a US Citizen or US National.


Once the application process is complete and the job announcement closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the following knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position:

·         Knowledge of administrative procedures (making travel arrangements, maintaining supervisor’s calendar, preparing time and attendance, ordering office supplies and equipment, establishing/maintaining files).

·         Skill in the use of a variety of hardware/software to produce documents.

·         Ability to deal effectively with others in order to provide information, assistance, or instructions to the general public.

·         Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work. 

VETERANS: Veteran's eligible under VEOA and those eligible under the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) are eligible for consideration under this announcement.  Please visit: for further guidance.  Applicants must submit DD Form 214, VA Disability Rating Letter and other documents necessary to support Veteran status. 

Peace Corp/VISTA:  Applicants within 1 year after release from Peace Corp/VISTA may be eligible and must submit the necessary Statement Of Service which will include a statement on eligibility to apply for Federal Jobs for 1 year as a "Status" applicant. 


If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  False statements or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for removal after employment begins.  To preview the questions, click:  View Occupational Questionnaire



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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 (FERS).  Additionally, NRCS offers FlexiWork, Transportation subsidies, and a family-friendly work environment.  The following web address is provided for your reference


  • A 12-month probationary period is required if this is your first competitive appointment.
  • E-Verify:  This employer will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security with information of each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
  • Reference Checks:  Are likely to occur, often in advance of an interview.  Applying for this announcement gives consent to these reference checks.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

1.      Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2.      Your résumé, transcripts and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by TAG:Closing Date

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  TAG:Online Questionnaire.

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links  you used to begin as described above, or simply go to

Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents either by fax, by mail or in person.


·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

·        By mail or in person: 

       USDA, NRCS, West Virginia State Office

         Human Resources

         1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200

         Morgantown, WV  26505

          ATTN:  Diana Bokoch; 908951 




Step 2

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


·   Résumé, clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the "Major Duties", "Qualifications", and "How you will be Evaluated" sections of this announcement.

·   Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire

·   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy for status candidates and those with special hiring eligibility.

·   Previous or Current Government Employees are required to submit copy of last SF-50 and performance appraisal


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 01, 2013

If you are eligible for CTAP or ICTAP benefits see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors and be rated and determined to be well-qualified or above based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address and phone.

As a Review, the required minimal documents are:  Resume, Occupational Questionnaire and evidence of eligibility for status announcement.  Current Status and Prior-Status Government Employees must submit last SF-50 - Notice of Personnel Action to include Series, Grade, etc. and last completed Appraisal/Performance report.  Veteran's eligible under VEOA and those eligible under the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) are eligible for consideration under this announcement.  Please visit:

Limit Resume to 10 pages or less, unsolicited materials, such as copies of position descriptions and publications will not be considered in the review process.  Failing to submit a complete package directly impacts ability to be considered for this position.


Diana Bokoch
Phone: (304)284-7599
TDD: (304) 284-7599
Agency Information:
1550 Earl Core Rd
Suite 200
Morgantown, WV


You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.  The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection.  We will notify you via your USAJOBS account of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Log into your USAJOBS account at to check your application status.

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