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Job Title:  DEU - Soil Conservation Technician GS-0458-5/6/7
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  AR-14-1031800-AW

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Searcy, AR View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.



A Soil Conservation Technician is responsible for advising landusers on the planning, installation, and maintenance of a variety of non-routine soil and water conservation practices on cropland, grassland, and woodland in the County Conservation District.

Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens.

This position is advertised as a term appointment not to exceed 1 year. The appointment may be extended up to 4 years at management's discretion. This is a Career Ladder position at the GS 5/6/7 levels. 

Read the entire job announcement and follow all instructions provided.

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  • --Must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • --Must serve a one-year probationary period
  • --Must meet education/experience requirements--See Qualifications Section
  • --Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • --Must possess a valid state driver's license
  • -- Must complete a FBI Background and Security Investigation


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Develops conservation plans for cropland, grassland, and wildlife management enterprises.

Assists the District Conservationist in solving problems concerning intensive land use or economic factors.

Conducts field-by-field reviews with land user.

Advises on selection of appropriate conservation practices in keeping with soil limitations and condition of land.  

Uses engineering survey equipment and related engineering computations and designs for the layout, installation, and checkout of a variety of structural measures, such as stock ponds, land leveling, ditches, drainage and irrigation and water management structures.


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Candidates must meet the qualification standards requirements for the 458 series as described by OPM at:

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

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.


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


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To receive consideration for special priority selection, individuals must be in the well-qualified category as defined above in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  The well-qualified category is the middle category out of 3 categories.  ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. To read more about CTAP or ICTAP eligibility visit:

2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. To determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, click on the site shown below:

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

4. All qualification requirements must be met at the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

5.  Relocation Entitlements:  No Relocation entitlements are authorized.

6.  Probationary Period: Selectee is subjected to 12-month probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget, suitability, background or other reasons.

7.  Background Check:   Selectee is required to complete OF-306 and submit SF-85; Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive positions as part of the suitability and hiring process.  Questionable background findings impact employment eligibility.

8.  Vehicle Operation: Incidental Motor Vehicle operation may be required, have a valid State Drivers license is essential in the performance of required duties.

9. Direct Deposit Requirement: Public law 104-134 requires that all federal employees recieve salary payments via direct deposit.

10. Travel: Travel may be required for this position.

11. Work Conditions: Work is performed outdoors under adverse weather conditions.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1031800.

  1. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.    

  1. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Phone: (501)301-3180
Agency Information:


Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education. After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration.   A job offer is typically made within 30 days after the deadline for applications. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at

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