QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position you must meet the basic education requirement and the specialized experience requirement listed below, and all eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program.
Basic Education Requirement:
A. Degree: 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.
B. Combination of Experience and Education: at least 30 semester hours 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 equivalent to a 4-year degree. 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.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify that you possess the education listed above. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. *Transcripts must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPMs web site at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html for additional information on this topic.
GS-5: Applicants who meet the basic education requirement above and all
Pathways Recent Graduate Program requirements will be rated as qualified for
this position at the GS-5 grade level. There is no specialized experience
requirement at the GS-5 level.
qualify for this position at the GS-07 level you must also possess one year of
specialized experience equivalent to the federal GS-5 level assisting in
the installation of soil and water conservation practices, forestry practices,
and/or wildlife conservation practices. Examples of this experience may
· Interpreting soil survey data
for use in conservation plan development and compliance reviews, or
· Identifying and collecting
on-site data to inventory natural resources and their condition, or
· Assisting farmers with the
selection and application of sustainable cropping systems, grazing management
and waste management systems.
OR- you must have completed
(and documented) 1 year of graduate-level education in soil conservation or a
directly related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy,
soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering.
OR- you must have (and
document) an equivalent combination of graduate level education and specialized
OR- you must meet (and
document) Superior Academic Achievement criteria in one of the following ways:
standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the
college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts
or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or
higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B' or better) as recorded on their official
transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based
on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or
higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B+' or better) based on the average of the
required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the
major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
3. Based on membership
in a national scholastic honor society. Membership in a freshman honor
society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure they understand and
document all qualifications requirements. All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
used to qualify for this position must have been obtained through an accredited
Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Institutional
Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
Special requirements apply to education obtained through foreign colleges and universities. See the Required Documents section of this announcement for details.
Pathways Recent Graduate Program Requirements:
You must be at least 16 years of age.
Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted
Recent graduates must sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant
Recent Graduates will enter and must complete a formal training program with a mentor and
an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
position requires regular and recurring physical exertion related to
conservation field work, including walking on rough terrain, jumping ditches or
furrows, climbing steep banks, and exposure to operating agricultural equipment
or earthmoving equipment, herbicides, and chemical spray conditions requiring
safety precautions and/or protective equipment. Because much of the work is
performed outdoors, there may be exposure to deep snow and ice conditions and
other adverse weather conditions. Encounters with wild animals are also possible.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission,
the Department of Agriculture requires each and every employee to be reliable
and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo
(or have undergone) and successfully complete a background investigation for
Suitability as a condition of placement in this Non-Sensitive level position.
This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of
debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal
offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
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.
Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are
required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial
institution of your choosing.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum
qualification requirements and Pathways Program Requirements. If you meet the
minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to further determine
your eligibility based on your experience, education and training and will
place you in one of the categories listed below using agency Category Rating
Procedures. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your
experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must
support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above
and are proficient in the skills or competencies listed below. Please note
you are not required to provide narrative responses to the
skills and competencies described in this section.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB ARE:
Knowledge of the
principles, methods and techniques of soil conservation and related sciences.
Ability to collect,
measure, and analyze data.
Ability to work
effectively and communicate well with others.
If you meet the minimum qualifications you
will be placed in one of the following categories:
Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that
demonstrates a superior level of evaluation criteria.
· Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a
satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
· Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with
general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Veterans: Veterans with
5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are
placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they
qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at
least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position
being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
For information on veterans' preference click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Note: Your ratings in the Assessment Questionnaire
are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and
information you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically
designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information, inflate your
qualifications, or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be
grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or
providing inaccurate information on federal documents may also affect your
eligibility and could be grounds for dismissing you from the
position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully and answer all