To meet the Basic Requirements for this position, you must have:
- Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study (including 300 and 400 level courses) in Soil Conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering that includes 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, 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.
- Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in (1) 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.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts to be considered. Unofficial copies are acceptable if they clearly show the name of the student, coursework completed, degree and date conferred (if applicable). If selected, you will be required to submit an official copy of your college transcript(s).
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you wish to have education acquired outside the United States credited for the educational requirements of this position, you must prove that it has been evaluated as equivalent to the education gained in accredited United States colleges and universities. Submit documentation of your education to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials for a determination. The Council on Postsecondary Accreditation may be of assistance in providing information on these organizations (http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accredus.html). The processing of this vacancy announcement will not be delayed pending receipt of your evaluation materials.
In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications Applicants must meet the required Specialized experience or higher education required for the position. Specialized experience is defined as the following:
To be eligible for the GS-05 level, you must: Meet the basic education qualification requirements as stated above.
To be eligible for the GS-07 level, in addition to the basic requirements, you must have:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Experience performing duties under the direct supervision of a soil conservationist assisting landowners with conservation planning; providing technical advice to producers on keeping their plans current; providing resource planning assistance from initial inventory and evaluation through to completion; and other related duties relevant to the occupation. -OR- Superior academic achievement (upper third of graduating class, 3.0 or greater GPA overall or 3.5 or greater GPA within Major, or honor society membership). -OR- At least 18 semester hours of progressively higher graduate education working towards my 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.
To be eligible for the GS-09 level, in addition to the basic requirements, you must have:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Experience performing most of the following duties under the guidance of a senior soil conservationist: developing portions of conservation plans or whole plans of a routine nature; assisting in the gathering of crop history, soil erosion data, drainage characteristics, land use data, and other resource information and planning map preparation; assisting in the evaluation of onsite urban, rural, or wetland conservation needs and application of land treatment measures including the installation of erosion and water control practices. -OR- A Masters Degree or 36 semester hours of progressively higher graduate education 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.
Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying (paid/unpaid) experience or volunteer work. To receive proper credit for your experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months and hours per week) spent in such activities. If we cannot determine, from the materials submitted, that you have the full amount of qualifying experience, you may be rated as ineligible.
Other Requirement: You will be required to travel, 1-5 nights per month.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position as shown below. Additional points are not added for veteran's preference; however, preference is still applied within each category. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran's within their category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Only those candidates in the Best Qualified category will be referred.
Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire and specialized experience documented in your resume. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may be considered ineligible. All the information you provide will be verified by a review of your application, reference checks, interview process and through other means. The Human Resources Office makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, you may be rated ineligible for this position. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.
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 knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of soil and water conservation programs
- Skill in planning and implementing resource management systems
- Ability to organize workload, set priorities and schedules and analyze accomplishments
- Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with others
- Skill in verbal and written communication
To preview questions, please view the questionnaire: View Assessment Questions