Job Overview

Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN, GS-0458-5/6/7,
#4600072A, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
Great Plains Region, Yankton Agency,
Office of the Superintendent,
Branch of Natural Resources,
Wagner, South Dakota

GS-7:  $39,179 - $50,932  Per Annum
GS-6:  $35,256 - $45,828  Per Annum
GS-5:  $31,628 - $41,122  Per Annum

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED.  ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Duties

NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Provides technical support for Soil and Moisture conservation programs on land that often has numerous heirs and is characterized by unusual environmental conditions. 

·   Attends formal conservation meetings at the local level to provide and/or gather technical information on application schedules, new programs and changes in any conservation techniques that may be taking place. 

·   Assist in developing lease stipulations for agricultural leases to ensure maximum income is achieved for the landowner while protecting and improving the land resource. 

·   Responsible for conducting and reporting on field inspections to ensure compliance with the Plan of Conservation Operations. 

·   Develops conservation plans for Allotments involving familiar agricultural objectives and treatments. 

·   Advises landowners and land users on practices that may be involved in the conservation plan that may include cross fencing, stock water development, critical area planning conservation cropping systems, shelter belts and weed and rodent control. 

·   Inspects and certifies construction of practices to verify compliance with design and specifications. 

·   Provides information on agricultural assistance available to implement conservation measures. 

·   Provides land descriptions for tribal members whom seek homesite and/or residential leases.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for field work, to attend meetings and/or training.

Relocation Authorized

  • No