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.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  1181317

SOIL CONSERVATIONIST, GS-0457-7/9/11,
#1010022A, Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region,
Yankton Agency, Office of the Superintendent,
Wagner, South Dakota

GS-11:  $57,982 - $75,376  Per Annum
GS-09:  $47,923 - $62,297  Per Annum
GS-07:  $39,179 - $50,932  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 EMPLOYEESFormer 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 further 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 DUTIESUnder the general supervision of the Superintendent, the incumbent performs a variety of activities for the promotion and management of conservation practices & measures for trust resources of the Yankton Sioux and Ponca Tribes.

·   Serves as a consultant to the Yankton Sioux and Ponca Tribe Councils on specific conservation projects.

·   Responsible for applying professional agronomic principles in solution of soil and water conservation problems facing the Tribes.

·   Directs the work of other technical personnel in developing soil and water conservation stipulations sent to the Branch of Real Estate Services for inclusion in the lease or permit contracts.

·   Conducts annual compliance checks to insure adherence to conservation stipulations and takes corrective action when conditions warrant.

·   Coordinates soil mapping, soil capability classification, and soil loss factors.

·   Manipulates spatial and tabular data; query a GIS database, and present data clearly and effectively using maps, charts, and reports.

·   Conducts educational programs among Indian landowners and users; and non-Indian land users of trust land.

·   Maintains office records, prepares budget estimates and performs related administrative duties.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional travel for field work and to attend meetings and/or trainings.

Relocation Authorized

  • No