All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Relocation expenses are NOT authorized under this announcement.
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.
A 12-month Probationary Period is required for all new appointments if not previously served. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completation of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. termination.
Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. Citizens) within three days of hire. The NRCS uses an electronic system called E-Verify to assist in verifying newly hired employee's eligibility to work. Selected applicants will be required to provide employers with documentation establishing both identity and eligibility to work in the United States. For additional information on E-Verify, go to: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/ Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will have to certify prior to or at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System.
Information on Special Hiring Authorities:
You are eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:
· a 30% compensably disabled Veteran,
· a VRA eligible. The VRA hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
· a Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) eligible http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx
· Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW): 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.·
· a person with a severe physical handicap http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp Clearly indicate on your application you are applying under a Special Hiring Authority, provide required documentation of your handicap and indicate the type of accommodation you are requesting.
· a former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer - Applicants within 1-year of after release from the Peace Corps/Vista Service may be eligible to apply for this announcement. To do so, applicants must submit documentation such as the Peace Corps Statement of Service that contains a statement on the eligibility to apply for Federal jobs for 1 year as a "Status" applicant.
Information on Veterans' Preference http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/. If you served on active duty in the United State Military and were separated under Honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans' Preference.Applicants must state in their application under which of these special hiring authorities they wish to be considered. Submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a Special Hiring Authority.
NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers. If you believe you experienced discrimination when obtaining services from USDA, participating in a USDA program, or participating in a program that receives financial assistance from USDA, you may file a complaint with USDA. Information about how to file a discrimination complaint is available from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex (including gender identity and expression), marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail a program discrimination complaint form, available at any USDA office location or online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ or write to:
USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Or call toll free at (866) 632-9992 (voice) to obtain additional information, the appropriate office or to request documents. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).