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Job Title:Resource Conservationist (Wetlands Specialist) (DEU GS-0457 07/09

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:SD-939823-VB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, August 09, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0457-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Mitchell, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

You will be a member of the team that has the mission of “Helping People Help the Land.”

The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.  Visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/.

 

 THIS POSITION IS A PERMANENT FULL TIME POSITION WITH SD NRCS.  THE WETLAND SPECIALIST DUTIES ANNOUNCED IN THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT ARE TEMPORARY FOR A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS.  AT THE END OF THE TWO YEAR PERIOD, THE WETLAND WORKLOAD AND CAREER OBJECTIVES OF THE INCUMBENT WILL BE EVALUATED.  THIS DISCUSSION WILL DETERMINE THE CONTINUATION OF THE WETLAND DUTIES OR PLACEMENT IN A LOCATION DETERMINED BY MANAGEMENT IN A POSITION FOR WHICH THE INCUMBENT IS QUALIFIED AT THE SAME GRADE.  THE SELECTED APPLICANT WILL SIGN A STATEMENT ACKNOWLEDGING THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.

South Dakota has excellent hunting and fishing, low cost of living and no state income tax:  http://www.sdreadytowork.com/.

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.  Those interested in applying under Merit Promotion (MP) should apply via the MP announcement that runs concurrent with this announcement.  Only one position is being filled between the two announcements.

 

Read the entire job announcement and follow all instructions provided.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must possess a valid state driver’s license.
  • You must provide transcripts to verify positive education requirements

DUTIES:

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DUTIES:

 

Provides assistance to producers and field offices on Wetland Conservation Compliance activities associated with Swampbuster providions of the Food Security Act, as amended.  Wetland determinations and related activities are the major portion of the duties.

 

Provide direct assistance to producers through the review and quality control of documentation provided by producer-contracted consultants.  Regularly monitors the quality and consistency of consultant work products.

 

Gathers the necessary data and works in the field with producers, producer-contracted consultants, and other NRCS personnel to do on-site/off-site investigations for certified wetland determinations, minimal effect evaluations, and wetland mitigation.

 

Maintains liaison with other NRCS wetland experts, State Resource Conservationist, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, and designated Supervisor regarding wetland related activities.

 

Provides effective supervision of assigned staff to facilitate the accurate and efficient production of wetland determination products and to ensure responsible use of agency resources.  Determinations and correspondence are processed, distributed, and filed in a timely, accurate, organized and professional manner.

 

Provides accurate and effective training on all aspects of Wetland Conservation Compliance, including technical and policy requirements.

 

Ensures that the wetland determination tracking database is accurate and current for work assigned to the position and to staff. 

 

The on-line occupational questionnaire that you will complete on-line will address the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary for this position:

1.  ABILITY TO WORK WITH USDA PARTICIPANTS AND OTHERS WITHIN THE AGENCY AND OTHER AGENCIES

2.  SKILL IN THE USE OF COMPUTER BASED TECHNOLOGY

3.  ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING

4.  ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirement: ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND THE APPROPRIATE GRADE LEVEL SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AS APPROPRIATELY STATED BELOW.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

A)  A bachelor’s degree in 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.

 

OR

 

B)  Combination of education and experience--at least 30 semester hours, leading to a degree, 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.  In addition, have related professional experience in the area of natural resources.  The combination of this education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work of a professional soil conservationist, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a 4-year course of study with a major in the natural resources field. 

  

AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 

 

One of the following to qualify at the GS-9 level:

 

You have been in a GS-457-07 grade level position for at least one year OR you have one year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade GS-07 of the federal service performing duties directly related to highly erodible land (HEL) or wetland conservation (WC) compliance or natural resources management; or working with Farm Bill Programs. Qualifying experience also includes working with others to gather necessary natural resources data, working with producers and other agency personnel, assisting in the interpretations of data from computer programs that analyze natural resource issues, and implementation of federal conservation programs.

OR

 

You have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education (36 hours) leading to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.

 

One of the following to qualify at the GS-07 level:

 

You have been in a GS-457-05  grade level position for at least one year OR you have one year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade GS-05 of the federal service performing duties directly related to highly erodible land (HEL) or wetland conservation (WC) compliance or natural resources management; or working with Farm Bill Programs. Qualifying experience also includes working with others to gather necessary natural resources data, working with producers and other agency personnel, assisting in the interpretations of data from computer programs that analyze natural resource issues, and implementation of federal conservation programs.

OR

 

You have 1 full year of progressively higher level graduate education  from an accredited college or university in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.

 

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED TO VERIFY EDUCATION.

 

All applicants must meet the education/specialized experience requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 

The Professional and Scientific Standards may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp.  The qualifications for the GS-457 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/soil-conservation-series-0457/.  

 

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 unpaid 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.

 


Foreign Education:  Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.  To be acceptable, the foreign credential evaluation must include/describe:

The type of education received by the applicant;

The level of education in relation to the U.S. education system, and state that its comparability recommendations follow the general guidelines of the U.S. National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials;

The content of the applicant’s educational program earned abroad and the standard obtained;

The status of the awarding foreign school’s recognition and legitimacy in it s home country’s education system; and

Any other information of interest such as what the evaluation service did to obtain this information, the qualifications of the              evaluator, and any indications as to other problems such as forgery.

APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 pm  EDT on  Friday, August 23, 2013  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE EVAULATED ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AND WILL BE RATED BASED ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS RECEIVED AT THE TIME OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSING.

 

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.

To preview questions click on the following link:  View Occupational Questionnaire

 


BENEFITS:

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Working for Natural Resources Conservation Service 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.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:   http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml



OTHER INFORMATION:

Information on Special Hiring Authorities

You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:

 - A 30% compensably disabled Veteran (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx). 
 - A VRA eligible (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx).  The VRA hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

 - A person with a severe physical handicap (http://www.opm.gov/disability).  Clearly indicate on your application you are applying under a Special Hiring Authority, provide required documentation of your handicap and if appropriate, indicate the type of accommodation you are requesting.

 - A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer - must state in their application under which of these special hiring authorities they wish to be considered.  To be considered under a special hiring authority as well as the regular competitive process, applicants must submit two complete applications and request the dual consideration.  When only one application is received from a special hiring authority eligible, it will be considered under the appropriate special hiring authority only.  Submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a special hiring authority.

  

Information on Veterans’ Preference (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx).  If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference.

 

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised.  If you are place 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.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

1. 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.

2. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

3.  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

4.  Relocation expenses are not authorized. 

5.  12-month Manager/Supervisor Probationary Period may be required; view the duty description within this job announcement.

6.  If this announcement is posted at two grade levels and you are selected at the lower grade you would be eligible for non-competitive promotion to the next higher grade after completing the minimum 12-months time-in-grade provided you are found otherwise eligible and recommended through your supervisory chain.  Promotions are not automatic.     

7.  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. 

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

9.  Vehicle Operation:  Serves as an incidental motor vehicle operator on public and private roads during daylight and after dark, as needed, to perform the duties of the position. A valid state driver's license is required.



HOW TO APPLY:

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ONLY DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED AS OUTLINED IN THIS VACANCY WILL BE ACCEPTED.   MAILED/EMAILED DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 23, 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 docouments and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click the Submit My Answers button to sumit yoru 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information like for this position.  The Details page will disply the status of your application, the documentation recieved 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.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A RESUME AND TRANSCRIPT(S).  SEE BELOW FOR OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IF APPLYING UNDER THOSE CATEGORIES. 

IF APPLYING AS A VETERAN YOU MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT(S):  Attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  Applicants eligible as disabled veterans must submit an SF-15 and Letter from VA establishing disability rating to receive special hiring consideration. 

IF APPLYING UNDER THE VETERANS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK (VOW) YOU MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT:  For appointments in the competitive service, Active duty service members may make applications for Federal employment by submitting a certification (written documentation from the Armed Forces) that certifies expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.  http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittallD+4881.

INFORMATION THAT IS REQUIRED IN A FEDERAL RESUME

 

If you prepare a resume, be sure you provide all of the information listed below.  Tell us what job you are applying for, i.e, the announcement number, title and grade.

 

Provide all of the following.

  - Full name, mailing address and day/evening telephone numbers

  - Country of Citizenship.

  - Highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

  - Work experience related to the job for which you are applying:

  - Job title.

  - Duties and accomplishments.

  - Number of hours per week.

  - Employers name and address.

  - Supervisor's name and phone number.

  - Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

  - Salary.                   

  - Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

 

Other Qualifications:                            

  - Job-related training courses (title and year).

  - Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed,etc.)            

  - Job-related certificates and licenses.

  - Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

 

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 http://staffing.documents(s): .gov/document(s):/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 939823.
  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, August 23, 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 occupation questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  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.

(605)352-1224 Contact Information:

Shari Kieffer

(605)352-1224

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shari Kieffer
Phone: (605)352-1224
Fax: (605)352-1270
Email: SHARI.KIEFFER@SD.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS CENTRAL
Federal Building - Room 203
200 fourth Street SW
Huron, SD
57350
USA
Fax: (605)352-1270
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Job Announcement Number:

SD-939823-VB

Control Number:

349299200