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Job Title:DEU - Surveying Technician GS-0817-09

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:AR-13-924996-AW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 12, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

This position manages land survey work for multiple Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) units.   The incumbent serves under the direction of the Assistant State Conservationist for Easements and performs a variety of technical land survey duties related to locating, marking, maintaining boundaries, and reviewing WRP boundary surveys for land acquisition and management activities on NRCS WRP lands.
Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens.
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  • --Must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • --Must serve a one-year probationary period
  • --Must meet education/experience requirements--See Qualifications Section
  • --Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • --Must possess a valid state driver's license
  • -- Must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation


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Plans technical cadastral surveying projects, including preparing and coordinating  preliminary project plans, specifications, and estimates for proposed projects.  Identifies scope of project descriptions, maps, etc.  Obtains needed landownership status and corner status records.
Examines previous survey reports, and researches legal and historical records.  Evaluates information for evidence of any conflicts in title or potential issues that could affect the planned survey  project .
Selects the most efficient survey approach from among the various alternatives, resolving concerns that arise in the course of the planned work activity (i.e, revises standard work methods and procedures, and/or redirects work efforts in response to field conditions) . Monitors activities and accomplishments, making adjustments, as needed, in planned survey projects.
Lays out schedules, organizes, and executes the details of limited survey projects and activities.  Applies a practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of surveying, and uses resourcefulness, initiative and independent judgment in locating precedents and resolving the details of the projects.
Plans work to be accomplished by contracted surveyors, sets and adjusts short term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.  Assigns work  based on priorities, selective consideration of difficulty and requirements of assignments, and capabilities of contracted surveyors.
Coordinates within the unit to ensure timeliness, form, procedure, accuracy, quality and quantity standards are met in individual cases.  Evaluates work performance of contracted surveyors.


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Candidates must meet the qualification standards requirements for the 817 series as described by OPM at:
To qualify at the GS-9 level the applicant must possess one of the following: 
At least one year of full time specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-8 level in the federal service) in technical work that provided the knowledge and skills needed for work in surveying. This experience must include the use of pertinent instruments and techniques for surveying. Some examples of this experience include: planning technical cadastral surveying projects, preparing and coordinating project plans, specifications, and estimates for proposed projects; examining survey reports and researching legal and historical records; evaluating survey information for evidence of any conflicts in title or potential issues that could affect the survey project; planning work for a survey team and insuring completion of this work.
A Master's degree in a closely related field.

A combination of the above education and experience.

Qualifications requirements must be met by Friday, July 26, 2013.



Submit proof of your education with a transcript or a list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average.  We will be unable to return these to you.  You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply. In order to receive credit for college course work for Internship or Co-op work experience, seminar courses, thesis course work, or Problems courses, applicants must provide documentation of course description from the university attended.

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 paid experience. 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.


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 identified as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicants possess a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meet  the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified described above.
Veteran's preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veteran's preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles.  Veteran preference eligibles who 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.
The online assessment questions are based on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of the methods and practices of land surveying.
2. Ability to operate surveying equipment and software.
3. Ability to communicate orally.
4. Ability to plan and prioritize work.
The questionnaire may consist of multiple choices or yes/no responses. Applicants must choose the best answer that is supported by their resume, transcripts, and other supporting documentation that have been requested. 
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating system. If you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for this position, you will be rated on your possession of the competencies.
After the online questionnaire has been completed, you will receive a notice via email confirming receipt of your on-line application.  Your application will not be considered completed until you have uploaded your resume and additional supporting documents as required by this announcement.
To preview Occupational  Questionnaire click on the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


More information about positions with promotion potential:

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised.  If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (i.e. the promotion potential grade), you may be promoted to the target grade without further competition.  However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you.  Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level duties.

1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To receive consideration for special priority selection, individuals must be in the well-qualified category as defined above in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  The well-qualified category is the middle category out of 3 categories.  ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. To read more about CTAP or ICTAP eligibility visit:

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, click on the site shown below:

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

4. All qualification requirements must be met at the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

5.  Relocation Entitlements:  No Relocation entitlements are authorized.

6.  Probationary Period: Selectee is subjected to 12-month probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget, suitability, background or other reasons.

7.  Background Check:   Selectee is required to complete OF-306 and submit SF-85; Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive positions as part of the suitability and hiring process.  Questionable background findings impact employment eligibility.

8.  Vehicle Operation: Incidental Motor Vehicle operation may be required, have a valid State Drivers license is essential in the performance of required duties.

9. Direct Deposit Requirement: Public law 104-134 requires that all federal employees recieve salary payments via direct deposit.

10. Travel: Travel may be required for this position.

11. Work Conditions: Work is performed outdoors under adverse weather conditions.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


For this job announcement YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL the following documents (items 1-3, if applicable):

1. Resume (online preferred) 

2. Your responses to the on-line occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

3. If qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit all applicable college transcripts (copies are permitted in application, if selected you will be required to submit an original transcript).

NOTE: Do not mail a copy of your application packet to Washington, D.C.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 924996.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 26, 2013. to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.


Phone: (501)301-3180
Agency Information:


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 30 days after the deadline for applications. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at

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