Budget Technician
Department Of Agriculture 498 reviews - Fort Collins, CO

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Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is located at the Wildlife Services (WS), National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). It is part of the Administrative Support Unit which provides centralized administrative support to NWRC headquarters and field locations. The incumbent performs support work in the areas of budget and fiscal, procurement and supply, time and attendance, travel, data processing, and program record-keeping.

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APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
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DUTIES: The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Assists the NWRC Administrative Officer (AO) and lead Budget Analyst in the development, forecasting, and tracking of budgets from multiple funding sources, including Federal, State, County, local, and/or private entities.
  • Assists the AO and Facilities Operations Specialist in procuring supplies, equipment, and services for the NWRC Director's Office and Administrative Support Unit by preparing requisitions, submitting receipt copies of purchase orders, and tracking payment invoices.
  • Provides clerical assistance to the NWRC Director's Office as necessary, serving as backup to the Secretary in receiving and placing telephone calls, maintaining the Director's calendar, and acting as office receptionist.
  • Assists the NWRC Director with writing correspondence, arranging meetings, and other clerical duties as needed.
  • Serves as primary backup for the front desk receptionist by providing coverage during daily breaks, lunch breaks, and sick or annual leave absences and assisting in incoming and outgoing mail distribution.
  • Maintains files in accordance with records management system.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting in the development, forecasting, and tracking of budgets from multiple funding sources.
  • Reconciling account expenses and collections between financial information system and cost management tracking system and validating transactions.
  • Researching or investigating problems or errors that require reconciling and reconstructing incomplete information or conducting searches through multiple sources for required information and facilitating adjustments or corrections.
  • Summarizing accounting data and preparing accounting and fiscal reports.
  • Providing technical support on procedural matters and completing requirement documents for submission using principles of Federal Appropriations Law, budget constraints, mandates; Federal, department, and agency regulations; and standard operating procedures for Federal funding or cooperative funding.
  • Procuring supplies and equipment through multiple sources, including government purchase card and Integrated Acquisition System with knowledge of requirements and limitations for government purchases.

Special Conditions:
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
  • Work requires the ability to lift and carry items of up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasional travel is required.

  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Ability to perform technical work in support of the formulation, presentation, and execution of complex program budgets
    • Ability to use financial and administrative management automated systems, including transaction processing, reconciliation, error correction, and report generation
    • Technical knowledge of supply, procurement, inventory purchase card, fleet management, staff travel, invoicing, and collections and related programs, regulations, and agency requirements
    • Knowledge of correspondence, files, and record management systems
    • Skill in operating networked and stand-alone microcomputers and a variety of commonly used software applications
    • Communication skills
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • 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 adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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BENEFITS: Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


Range for GS-6: $37,463 to $48,699 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)

Range for GS-7: $43,631 to $54,124 (incl. 22.52% locality pay)

This salary range does not reflect the general pay increase scheduled for April 2013.

  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • 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).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint

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