You must meet the basic educational qualifications outlined in the announcement and:
At the GS-7 level-To qualify for this position based upon specialized experience: one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Experience at the GS-5 level is demonstrated practical experience in assisting higher level employees in developing PORTIONS of conservation plans of a routine nature; or experience in assisting in the gathering of land use data, and other resource information and applying this information to standard conservation planning practices.
At the GS-7 level-meet the basic education qualifications and possess some progressively higher graduate education leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in soils, agriculture or natural resources or related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of a soil conservationist. Qualifying me for consideration at the GS-7 level.
At the GS-7 level- possess a percentage of specialized experience and possess some progressively higher graduate education leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of a soil conservationist which when combined equal at least 100% to qualify for consideration at the GS-7 level based upon the group qualification standard for professional and scientific positions (see link available in the announcement). Your resume must reflect the number of hours, weeks or months you spent performing the duties listed in the specialized experience.
At the GS-7 level- Superior Academic Achievement (SAA): APPLICABLE FOR CONSIDERATION AT GS-7 LEVEL ONLY!! DOES NOT APPLY FOR GS-9 LEVEL. This provision is applicable to persons who have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in natural resources or related field and meet the educational requirements listed above. To qualify for the GS-7 based on SAA you must meet one of the following: 3.0 average (on a scale of 4.0) based on the average of all completed college courses at the time of application or courses completed during the final 2 years of undergraduate curriculum, OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of all completed courses in major field of study at the time of application or of all such courses completed the final 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum, OR Class standing: applicant 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, OR Election to membership in the national scholastic honor society http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
To Qualify at the GS-9 Level-one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level. Experience at the GS-7 level is demonstrated with showing experience in developing portions of conservation plans, independently or with limited review of a routine nature, experience in assisting in the gathering of crop history, soil erosion data, drainage characteristics, land use data, and other resource information and planning map preparation; or assisting in the evaluation of onsite urban, rural, or wetland conservation needs and applying land treatment measures including the installation of erosion and water control practices.
At the GS-9 Level-some specialized experience required for the 9 level listed above and possess some progressively higher graduate education leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of a soil conservationist, which when combined equal at least 100% to qualify for this position based upon the qualification standard available in the announcement. Your resume must reflect the number of hours, weeks or months you spent performing the duties listed in the specialized experience.
At the GS-9 Level-Possess at least 2 years (or 36 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's degree or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline that provided the knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the work of a soil conservationist
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Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work. 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.
Use these individual occupational requirements in conjunction with the 'Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions."
Basic requirement for GS-0457 Soil Conservationist:
1. Degree: soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
2. Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in A above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
It is mandatory for applicants to submit a copy of their college transcripts for all occupations with a positive education requirement. Individuals who are currently in or have been in an occupation where there is a positive education requirement MUST still submit legible copies of college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in non-consideration for the vacancy. If the titles of the course work you believe is relevant towards meeting the minimum educational requirements do not obviously reflect the nature of the class work you must submit course descriptions from your college catalogue or college professors with your application.
You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.
Experience cannot be substituted for the basic educational requirements.
NOTE: For institutions on a QUARTER HOUR schedule: one QUARTER hour is equivalent to .67 of a SEMESTER UNIT/HOUR as described above.
You may need to work outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions and with exposure to wildlife.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
Travel 1-5 nights per month.
You must have a valid state driver's license to qualify for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated 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. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
Your Assessment questionnaire will be scored based on your responses. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the following knowledges, skills and abilities (found in the assessment questionnaire) for this position:
Knowledge of Soil, Water, Plant relationships
Ability to collect, analyze and interpret natural resources data
Ability to develop, communicate, and implement conservation plans for various program objectives and initiatives.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education. After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration. A job offer is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at http://ApplicationManager.gov .
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