Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including the following specialized experience and/or education requirements.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS - In order to qualify for positions in the 0401 job series applicants must possess one of the following:
A. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or another closely related discipline that’s appropriate to the position. You must submit copies of your college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.
B. A combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education. You must submit copies of your college transcripts and copies of your college transcripts. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-14 GRADE LEVEL
In order to qualify for this position applicants must possess one year or more of specialized experience that was equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors and is typically gained in the same field as the position being filled or another very closely related field.
Applicants must show evidence in their resumes of possession of at least one year of the following specialized experience:
Failure to provide evidence of this specialized experience in your resume will result in an ineligible rating.
- Experience designing, implementing, evaluating and monitoring programs involving agriculture and climate change issues;
- Experience providing advice and guidance on programs, policies, and approaches relating to agriculture and climate change;
- Experience designing, or developing specific strategic objectives involving agriculture, climate change, and food security;
- Experience incorporating research and analysis findings into implementable interventions promoting new and innovative strategies for agriculture and climate change programs; and
- Experience leading or overseeing the work of others involved with implementing agricultural development and climate change programs
Note:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be creditable towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Applicants must provide documentation with their application that the education was evaluated by a U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's website at http://www.ed.gov.
- As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
- Position may be eligible for telework.
- 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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. The Occupational Questions are based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative methods to design, implement, and evaluate the multi-sectoral aspects of agriculture in a changing climate
- Technical knowledge of climate change issues as they relate to agricultural development
- Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of a team
- Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
- Interpersonal skills
We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure that you meet the requirements and to assess your ability to perform this job. Before the list of eligible applicants (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 occupational questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
To view the application form, visit: https://fas.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=49dc3c5b-91fa-4777-83b5-a364008c3805