MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:
A. Professional Engineering Degree: To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (f) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. --OR--
B. Combination of Education and Experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration; 2. Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration ; 3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements; 4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, applicants must meet the following.
GS-11: In order to qualify for the GS-11 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of specialized experience; OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related.
Specialized Experience for GS-11: defined as experience performing professional agricultural engineering work in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, or design tasks in one or more of the following areas: agronomic, irrigation, systems design, water management or water conservation.
GS-12: To qualify for the GS-12 level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience.
Specialized Experience for GS-12: defined as experience performing professional agricultural engineering work in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, or design tasks; and collaborating with stakeholders for meeting project needs in one or more of the following areas: agronomic, irrigation, systems design, water management or water conservation.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.
KSA 1. Knowledge of professional concepts, principles, and methodology of irrigation and drainage engineering in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, and design tasks.
KSA 2. Knowledge of soil properties, flow measurement, and agricultural equipment needed to conduct evaluations, interpret results, and make recommendations regarding technical adequacy of irrigation water management plans, conservation plans, and the verification of conservation yields.
KSA 3. Knowledge of agronomic principles and practices needed to evaluate and assess crop water use on a district-wide basis.
KSA 4. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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