GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-04 level in the federal service OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05 level in the federal service OR 6 months of graduate education directly related to the work of the position such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06 level in the federal service OR one full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.
Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of agronomy, soil science, and/or environmental science in relation to modern irrigated farming practices.
2. Skills in operating and maintaining specialized equipment such as combustion-type elemental analyzers (e.g., LECO CN analyzer), automated continuous-flow analyzer (e.g., Lachat), data logger, plot harvesting equipment, etc.
3. Ability to manipulate data in worksheets such as Excel in order to record, organize and tabulate experimental data.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.
Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.