Candidates must meet the qualification standards requirements for the 458 series as described by OPM at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0458.htm
You can qualify for this position based on work experience, education or a combination of work experience and education.
To qualify at the GS-05 grade level based on experience you need the following: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Government. Equivalent experience includes advising land users on the installation and maintenance of a variety of non-routine soil and water conservation practices on cropland, grassland, and woodland.
To qualify for the GS-5 grade level based on education you must have: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
To qualify at the GS-06 grade level based on experience you need the following: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Government. In addition to the experience listed above for the GS-05 level, equivalent experience includes providing technical assistance to individual or groups of land users in the conservation and development of their land, water, and related resources and assisting higher level employees in developing conservation plans.
To qualify for the GS-6 grade level based on education you must have: Successful completion of at least six months of a course of study from an accredited college or university, above the bachelor's degree leading to a masters' degree that is related to the position.
To qualify at the GS-07 grade level based on experience you need the following: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal Government. In addition to the experience listed above for the GS-06 level, equivalent experience includes assessing the need, planning for, and working with landowners in applying multiple soil conservation measures such as center pivot irrigation and strip cropping; conservation tillage practices; land leveling, surface irrigation, and conservation cropping; agricultural waste systems; buffers and standard erosion control structures.
To qualify for the GS-7 grade level based on education you must have: Successful completion of at least one year of a course study, above the bachelor's degree leading to a masters' degree from an accredited college or university that is related to the position.
Qualifying based on a combination of education and experience (applicable to those applying at the GS-5 level): If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/A/GS-TECH.HTM.
More information about positions with promotion potential:
Management has the prerogative to select at any grade level for which this position has been advertised. If you are placed in this position at a grade lower than the target grade (i.e. the promotion potential grade), you may be promoted to the target grade without further competition. However, there is no commitment or obligation on the part of management to promote you. Your promotion will depend upon the continuing need for that level of work to be performed and your ability to perform the higher level duties.
If applicable, submit proof of your education with a transcript or a list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply. In order to receive credit for college course work for Internship or Co-op work experience, seminar courses, thesis course work, or Problems courses, applicants must provide documentation of course description from the university attended.
Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as paid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicants possess a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified described above.
Veteran's preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veteran's preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
The online assessment questions are based on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of Soil and Water Conservation Practices.
2. Ability to use Computer Software.
3. Ability to Communicate Verbally with Others.
The questionnaire may consist of multiple choices or yes/no responses. Applicants must choose the best answer that is supported by their resume, transcripts, and other supporting documentation that have been requested.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledges, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating system. If you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for this position, you will be rated on your possession of the competencies.
After the online questionnaire has been completed, you will receive a notice via email confirming receipt of your on-line application. Your application will not be considered completed until you have uploaded your resume and additional supporting documents as required by this announcement.
To preview Occupational Questionnaire click on the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire