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Job Title:Program Assistant

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:WV-13-933852-DB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 29, 2013 to Wednesday, August 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Morgantown, WV United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The mission of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is to serve as the nation's lead agency for natural resource management and soil and water conservation on private lands. See agency website


This is an "All Sources" announcement, applicants with Status or Special Hiring eligibility should also apply to the Status Announcement WV-13-933883-DB that runs concurrent to receive broad consideration.   


This announcement is for two (2) positions located in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Area Office, Morgantown, West Virginia.  You will serve as the Program Assistant providing administrative support to the area and field offices.  Responsibilities include processing and maintenance of records which represent the financial and administrative transactions primarily related to conservation programs and business processes.  This position may require 1 - 5 days of travel per month.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation, fingerprint check
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period
  • May require 1-5 days of travel per month


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·        You will enter application and contract data into agency-specific software programs and prepare software generated reports

·        Provide a variety of information to program applicants and participants, such as specific program and eligibility requirements and provide explanations regarding contract payment processes

·        Manage and process conservation program applications; analyze problems with applications and take remedial actions

·        Manage administration letters and documents related to application status, contract implementation, modification, cancellation or termination.

·        Assist with all functions related to financial and programmatic audits.


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Qualifying experience for GS-05 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-04 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes experience providing administrative support in interpreting program requirements; entering and maintaining information into databases, evaluating and analyzing program regulations and data, compose general correspondence and communicate with program managers and general public.

OR:  4 years of education above high school.

OR:   A combination of education and experience.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

NOTE: If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. 

You must be a US Citizen or US National.

You must have a valid state drivers license.


CATEGORY RATING:  Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.   Qualified candidates will be placed into one of the three categories as described below:    

Best Qualified Category: Meets the minimum qualification requirements and possesses all of the job related competencies as identified as important for successful job performance. 

Well-qualified Category:  Meets the minimum qualification requirements and possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job-related competencies needed for successful job performance.  

Basically-Qualified Category:  Meets the minimum qualifications and basic eligibility requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-qualified or Best-Qualified as described above.   Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  (Additional points are not added for veterans' preference.) 

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for the position.   Only those candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be referred to the selecting official. 

Category placement will be determined based on the applicant's quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:1.  Knowledge of specific and differing program principles in order to collect, interpret, and categorize.

2.  Knowledge of a range of automated systems in order to provide support.

3.  Skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques.

4.  Skill in working and communicating effectively with others orally. 


If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  False statements or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for removal after employment begins.  To preview the questions, click:  View Assessment Questions


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Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  Additionally, NRCS offers FlexiWork, Transportation subsidies, and a family-friendly work environment.  The following web address is provided for your reference


·        A 12-month probationary period is required if this is your first competitive appointment.

·        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:  Are likely to occur, often in advance of an interview.  Applying for this announcement gives consent to these reference checks.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

1.      Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2.      Your résumé, transcripts and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  TAG:Online Questionnaire.

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links  you used to begin as described above, or simply go to

Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents either by fax, by mail or in person.


·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

·        By mail or in person: 

       USDA, NRCS, West Virginia State Office

         Human Resources

         1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 200

         Morgantown, WV  26505

          ATTN:  Diana Bokoch;933852


The following documents are required (as applicable):

·        Résumé, clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the "Major Duties", "Qualifications", and "How you will be Evaluated" sections of this announcement.

·        Transcripts (Student Copies are Acceptable)

·        Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire

·        Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)

·        SF-50 (or equivalent) Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee 


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on    Wednesday, August 07, 2013

For more information on veterans' preference, see:

 If you are eligible for ICTAP or CTAP benefits, see:  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors and be rated and determined to be well-qualified or above based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.

As a Review, the required minimal documents are:  Resume and Occupational Questionnaire.  Transcripts if 4 year degree or combination of education and experience for qualification.  Prior-Status Government Employees must submit last SF-50 - Notice of Personnel Action to include Series, Grade, etc..   Veterans must submit DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter as appropriate.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Limit Resume to 10 pages or less, unsolicited materials, such as copies of position descriptions and publications will not be considered in the review process.  Failing to submit a complete package directly impacts ability to be considered for this position.


Diana Bokoch
Phone: (304)284-7599
Agency Information:
1550 Earl Core Rd
Suite 200
Morgantown, WV


You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.  The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection.  We will notify you via your USAJOBS account of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Log into your USAJOBS account at to check your application status.

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