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Job Title:  Dairy Market Reporter
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Marketing Service
Job Announcement Number:  CK909231CB

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 $50,431.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 24, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fitchburg, WI United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



This position serves the Dairy Programs, Economics Division, Market Information Branch, which provides timely, accurate, and comprehensive market information on milk and dairy products to enhance market transparency in the dairy industry. Duties are related primarily to publication of Dairy Market News. The incumbent coordinates and carries out specific assignments to gather, evaluate, and disseminate dairy information for selected milk and dairy products as well as special projects related to dairy marketing information.

Who May Apply: You may apply if you are a US Citizen.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see Qualifications Required section)
  • Background investigation required
  • Subject to completion of one-year probationary period


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collects, analyzes, summarizes, verifies, disseminates, and protects sensitive market information of national significance covering large geographic areas.
  • Participates in daily operations by applying accepted policies and procedures involving Dairy Market News' best practices to dairy market reporting.
  • Contacts dairy industry representatives (on a weekly and bi-weekly basis) to discover and report current market information on milk and dairy products, including demand, supply, prices and inventory levels.
  • Understands and participates as a back-up, in the event of an emergency, in daily operations by applying accepted policies and procedures involving statistical methods to the Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting Program (DPMRP) and Federal Milk Order Statistics (FMOS).
  • Reviews and carries out both long-term and short-term goals for critical program areas.
  • Reviews and suggests potential changes to policies and procedures to improve efficiency and transparency of the program.
  • Develops and maintains educational and instructional knowledge and materials on dairy marketing information, methods, and practices.


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NOTE: Applicants claiming education MUST submit supporting transcripts. Failure to do so will result in a rating of ineligible.

Minimum Qualifications

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service (GS-05). This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Administering a program related to national market reporting services for dairy products, development, and dissemination of specialized marketing information and statistics.
  • Performing duties related to dairy economics assignments, including Dairy Products Mandatory Reporting Program and Federal Milk Order Statistics.
  • Providing statistical and economic services for dairy programs and essential information basic to the effective planning and administering of other related programs.
  • Communicating market news information to industry representatives on milk and dairy products.


Education I: Bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) with a major course of study in agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural business, or dairy science.

S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

  1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
  2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; orb. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
  3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.


Education II: One full year of graduate level study in agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural business, or dairy science.


Combination: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:



Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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

1. Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 909231. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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 transmission.


Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, July 19, 2013.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Agency Information:
OPM Midwest Services Branch
Call or e-mail us with your questions
Thank You, MO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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