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Job Title:Natural Resources Specialist (Regional Climate)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Office of the Chief Economist

Job Announcement Number:AG-OCE-2014-0159DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,901.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 24, 2014 to Thursday, May 08, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.  This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion announcement AG-OCE-2104-0158MP. Those eligible should apply to the Merit Promotion announcement to maximize opportunities for consideration.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on AG-OCE-2014-0158MP. Current permanent Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • 1-2 Trips per month

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.

DUTIES:

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As a Natural Resources Specialist, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Conducts assessments of regional climate change outreach and education activities.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of plans to establish Regional Climate Hubs.
  • Oversees program coordination activities for the National Leader RCCH. Provides support to the staff in monitoring and tracking projects, proposals and other requests as assigned.
  • Evaluates regional efforts to address climate change and plans, schedules, and conducts tasks and studies to evaluate and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regional climate change programs.
  • Prepares replies to correspondence and other requests for information, addressing information on a wide variety of subjects through use of written and oral presentation formats and techniques.
  • Provides liaison services for the national leader of the RCCH on a range of complex administrative matters.
  • Develops operational/communication systems to ensure that informational requests from Congress, USDA, and/or other sources are responded to in a timely manner.
  • Prepares replies to correspondence and other requests for information, addressing information on the Regional Climate Hubs and other regional climate change programs and initiatives a variety of subjects through use of written and oral presentation formats and techniques.

These duties are described at the FPL GS-13, the GS-11 and GS-12 are developmental leading to such performance.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience:

GS-11: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Natural Resources Specialist in the Climate Change Program Office. Such experience may have been gained in performance of such work as: participating in the development of project solicitations for efforts to address climate change and agriculture; conducting technical analyses and evaluations of regional approaches to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors; supporting education and extension efforts as they relate to climate change; and coordinating and organizing information for efforts to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors at regional and local scales.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Natural Resources Specialistin the Climate Change Program Office. Such experience may have been gained in performance of such work as: development of project solicitations for efforts to address climate change and agriculture; conducting technical analysis and evaluation of regional approaches to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors; providing technical support for education and extension efforts as they relate to climate change; and coordination and organization of information for efforts to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors at regional and local scales.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Natural Resources Specialist in the Climate Change Program Office. Such experience may have been gained in performance of such work as: development and management of project solicitations for efforts to address climate change and agriculture; leading technical analysis and evaluation of regional approaches to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors; providing substantive technical support for education and extension efforts as they relate to climate change; and management and dissemination of information for efforts to address climate change in the agriculture and forest sectors at regional and local scales.

(Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents).


REQUIREMENTS:

• Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

• To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory. This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

• This position requires up to 25% travel.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Knowledge of the major issues and concepts surrounding climate change, adaptation and mitigation.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the nature and scope of laws, regulations, precedents, and national and regional policies applicable to the administration of climate change programs and to related goals and objectives.

  • Experience in managing complex processes with multiple partners and stakeholders in addressing issues related to climate change.

  • Mastery of the application of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the analysis and assessment of regional climate change projects.

  • Ability to plan, organize and direct study teams and to effectively negotiate with deciding officials to accept and implement recommendations.

  • Skill in the application of analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to assignments.

  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) to build and maintain working relationships with high level officials.

Skill in presenting reviews and recommendations on proposals and projects related to climate change.

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted docmentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.


To view the application form, visit: https://sec.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=8251f1bb-4acc-4ea2-9aad-a31600dc5189


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
•  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
•  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
•  Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
•  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
•  Relocation expenses are not authorized.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • A cover letter may be provided to introduce your skills and goals associated with this application.
  • A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
  • If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable.
  • When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and submit the requested documentation.
  • For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) letter on DVA letterhead that states your overall combined service-connected disability rating.
  • Please provide your proof of disability.

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc.

Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.

Other required documents may include:

  • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

DM Recruitment Team
Phone: 504-426-0327
Fax: 303-235-7649
Email: USDADMREQUEST@nfc.usda.gov
Agency Information:
NFC-Human Resources Servicing Staff
P.O. Box 60000
New Orleans, LA,
70129
USA
Fax: 303-235-7649

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

AG-OCE-2014-0159DE

Control Number:

368123200