You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.
Bachelor's Degree: soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.
Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Specialized experience is experience that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience are: served as an advanced trainee specializing in soil science; conducted standard soil resource inventories and watershed restoration needs inventories; collected soil samples for laboratory analysis to determine physical, chemical, and morphological characteristics and classified soil properties according to appropriate standards; and/or assisted in writing watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management reports, soil survey reports.
GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).
Specialized experience is experience that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience are: conducted reconnaissance and detailed soil surveys including field and/or laboratory examination, description, classification, and mapping of soils; prepared soil survey reports, watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resource improvement plans, or soil management reports; and/or analyzed soils and related information and prepared interpretative material used to develop land management functional plans and resource use plans to ensure soil stability and erosion control protection.
To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements with 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
No additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your resume, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Ability to analyze scientific data based on knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of soil science.
- Ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate studies.
- Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
- Ability to communicate other than in writing.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. All Quality candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive and special hiring authority candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred.
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To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=6bec53f4-d80d-43fc-b842-a1e4011ac837