Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:
1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Selective Placement Factors
Applicants must posses the following Selective Placement Factors to be considered minimally qualified for this position:
1) Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for geospatial analysis and cartography using both raster and vector data structures.
2) Knowledge of analytical techniques and statistical tests used in social science or economic research, including calculations of means, medians, variance, and correlation measures.
In addition to the Selective Placement Factors and IT competencies listed above, applicants must also possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) in the normal line of progression for this occupation or qualifying education as stated below.
GS-09: Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience applying the principles and practice of computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and computer-assisted cartography to the design of digital map products.
Masters degree (or equivalent graduate degree) or 2 full years of graduate education (leading to a masters degree or equivalent graduate degree) in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management OR a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks may be used to meet experience requirements.
Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience applying the principles and practice of computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and computer-assisted cartography to the design of digital map products, and experience identifying and implementing new statistical, geospatial and representational methods to enhance the dissemination of cartographic information.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of graduate education (leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree) in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management OR a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks may be used to meet experience requirements.
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and experience may be used to meet experience requirements at the GS-9/11 levels.
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59pm Eastern Time on 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:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Knowledge of database software including SQL Server and MS Access.
Skill in the use of statistical software such as SAS, R, STATA, SPSS, or MATLAB.
Knowledge of ArcGIS.
Skill in researching new and existing spatial data modeling techniques.
Ability to design and develop digital mapping products to communicate research results.
Knowledge of agricultural production and natural resources, agricultural markets, food markets, demographic or rural development issues in order to integrate GIS technology into economic research. (GS-11 only)
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.