QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This position has very specific qualification requirements. Please read this information carefully and be sure you document all requirements in your application package. You may qualify three ways for each grade level: based on specialized experience; based on an educational substitution; or based on a combination of education and experience. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOUR READ BOTH THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT'S 'GROUP STANDARD FOR TECHNICAL AND MEDICAL SUPPORT POSITIONS', AND THE 'INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-0458 SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN SERIES' BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION. You can view those requirements at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/soil-conservation-technician-series-0458/.
To qualify for this position at the GS-5 level you must have (and document) at least one year of specialized experience comparable to at least the federal GS-4 level installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats. Work at the GS-4 level is characterized by the ability to execute tasks associated with established procedures or recurring and continuing work, and where minor adjustments may be needed to accommodate minor variations in some situations -OR- you must have completed (and have documented) a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or another subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science (of which no more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable) -OR- you must have a qualifying combination of education and experience as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management's Group Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.
To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level you must have (and document) at least one year of specialized experience comparable to at least the federal GS-5 level gathering and compiling natural resource data, conducting basic research in support of conservation planning efforts, preparing maps and interpreting soil survey data, and advising land owners on the design, installation, and effectiveness of a variety of standard conservation practices. Technicians at the GS-5 level generally work independently to complete small projects or segments of larger projects and often must choose from several accepted practices and/or determine the proper course of action using mostly familiar conservation methods and techniques -OR- you must have completed (and have documented) at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education leading towards a Master's degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry, Range Management, or another subject matter field directly related to this position -OR- you must have a qualifying combination of education and experience as outlined in the in the Office of Personnel Management's Group Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.
To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level you must have (and document) at least one year of specialized experience comparable to at least the federal GS-6 level, independently installing and maintaining a wide range of non-routine conservation practices, procedures, design methods, and operational criteria to a variety of land or farm units. Work at the GS-6 level is characterized by the ability to independently schedule and prioritize workload, and carry out and use discretion in applying and adapting technical specifications when conservation precedents are not fully acceptable -OR- you must have completed (and have documented) at least 1 year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education leading towards a Master's degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry, Range Management, or another subject matter field directly related to this position -OR- you must have a qualifying combination of education and experience as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management's Group Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions.
IMPORTANT - How to document your education and experience:
Documenting Education: IF USING EDUCATION ALONE, OR A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION IT IS MANDATORY TO SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. Photocopies are acceptable. Please ensure your transcripts show proof of degree (when applicable) and contain enough information to show you meet educational requirements. If it is not readily apparent from a course title that a specific class meets the requirements for this position, please submit a course catalog description or other supportiing documentation. If we cannot determine, from the materials submitted, that a class meets the requirements listed above, we will not credit that class and you may be rated as ineligible for this position. If you are qualifying based entirely on specialized experience instead of education or a combination of experience and education transcripts are not required.
Documenting Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for paid experience. To receive proper credit for your experience, whether paid or unpaid, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time, dates, and hours per week spent in such activities (example 3/1/2002 through 5/9/2006, 40 hours per week). If we cannot determine, from the materials submitted, that you have the full amount of qualifying experience you may be rated as ineligible for this position.
Applicants must meet and document all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants who fail to meet and document all requirements will be found ineligible for consideration. If you are not sure you meet these requirements, or have any questions about proper documentation, please contact us for clarification. It is up to the applicant to clearly document that they meet all requirements, and we will not accept additional information after the closing date of this announcment.
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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. The processing of this vacancy announcement will not be held/delayed pending your evaluation of foreign education. You must adequately document that you meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Conditions of Employment and Other Requirements:
Travel required: Occassional day or overnight travel to field sites and outlying areas (estimated at 1-5 days per month) both in-state and out of state to perform work and to attend meetings, conferences, and training may be required. Incumbent may be required to obtain, maintain, and use a government-issued charge card for any official travel.
Driver's License: To perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must serve as an incidental motor vehicle operator. This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark. A valid state driver's license is required.
Field work: The work is performed in both the office and the field requiring common sense precautions typical of these settings. Field work requires physical exertion sufficient to do regular and recurring prolonged walking over rough terrain, tilled fields, and pastures, and possible exposure to inclement weather and/or wild animals. Bending, lifting, and stretching is common when using survey instruments and equipement, and this position requires the use of suitable field clothes, including protective rain gear and boots .
Suitability: If you are selected for this position you will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment, authorize a background investigation, and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application information.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
A background investigation will be required for all new appointments. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Citizenship: You must be a U.S. citizen or national to receive consideration under this announcement.
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: The agency reserves the right to check your references, either in advance of an interview or after an interview. Applying for this announcement gives consent to these reference checks.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: As part of the application process you will be asked to submit an on-line questionnaire used to evaluate your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as outlined below:
KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROCESSES, PRINCIPLES, CONCEPTS, AND SCIENTIFIC/NATURAL RESOURCES FACTORS RELATED TO CONSERVATION PLANNING
ABILITY TO DESIGN, INSTALL, MONITOR, AND INSPECT A WIDE VARIETY OF TECHNICAL CONSERVATION AND ENGINEERING PRACTICES
ABILITY TO OPERATE COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE, AND OTHER TOOLS USED TO CARRY OUT AND DOCUMENT CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE AND WORK WELL WITH OTHERS IN A TEAM ENVIRONMENT
Applicants must choose the best answer that is fully supported by their resume, transcripts, and other application materials. Your resume must reflect both the specialized experience required for this position, and the answers you select in the on-line questionnaire. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PREVIEW THE QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE COMPLETING IT, AND CROSS-REFERENCE AS NEEEDED TO ENSURE YOUR RESUME SUPPORTS THE ANSWERS YOU SELECT IN THE ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE. Please provide enough detail in your application materials for us to clearly determine your levels of experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. If materials are not received by the closing date your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration. All the information you provide is subject to verification either by review of your application, by checking references, or through other means such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or removal after employment begins.
Once the application process is complete we will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. If found basically eligible we will further evaluate your application package and questionnaire results, and using Category Rating and Selection Procedures your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans, and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.
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