Agricultural Economist
Department Of Agriculture - Washington, DC

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The USDA,
Agricultural Research Service, Office of Pest Management Policy, in Washington,
DC, is seeking a permanent, full-time Agricultural Economist to analyze and evaluate the economic impacts on current pest management strategies.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:
The
incumbent analyzes and evaluates economic impacts of proposed pesticide
regulatory decisions on current pest management strategies. Presents results of
analyses to Senior Management and prepares plans to mitigate the
economic and biological impacts of proposed pesticide regulatory decisions.
Serves as liaison with EPA regulatory and scientific staff, USDA staff, as well
as university and industry scientists involved in pest management. Gathers data and analyses on the economic
benefits and considerations of pesticide use and usage, alternatives, and
impacts. Participates in appropriate regional or national meetings, seminars,
or workshops and prepares and presents talks relevant to the issues. Provides economics expertise and guidance in
the development of policies and procedures concerning the application and use
of pesticides, cropping practices, data collection and state of the art pest
management practices. Provides technical
direction and program leadership on pesticides with complex issues of national
and international significance. Serves
as the economic advisor to the OPMP Director regarding the evaluation of national
or international or unique pesticide regulatory issues involving a wide range
of agricultural crops and pesticide ingredients and other chemical or non-chemical
means of controlling pests.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Education Requirement:
Applicants must possess

the following:
A. Degree: economics that
included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in
statistics, accounting, or calculus OR

B. Combination of
education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown
in A above, plus
appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional
Qualifications

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full
year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the
Federal Government.

GS-14: Applicants
must demonstrate at least one full
year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the
Federal Government.
Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1.
Knowledge
of theoretical and applied economic methods, including microeconomics and
quantitative analysis, used to analyze and evaluate pest control practices .

2. Knowledge of
agricultural and crop production practices to evaluate the economic benefits or
risks of pesticide regulatory decisions.

3. Ability to plan and coordinate
a program of economic research, analysis, and outlook relevant to the use of
pesticides for agricultural production providing recommendations for advancing economic
programs and/or methods.
4. Ability to develop
and present economic analysis, reports, studies, standards, and procedures to
those involved in agricultural production and pest management sciences.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

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. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered. VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service. Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible. You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference , you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Financial Disclosure Requirement: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

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