Dairy Market Reporter
Department Of Agriculture - Madison, WI

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Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is located in the Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Program. The program duration is one year and upon successful completion of program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional position.

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

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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:
Operates semi-independently and is responsible for collecting, analyzing, summarizing, verifying, disseminating, and protecting sensitive market information of national significance covering large geographic areas

Dairy Market News: Participates in day-to-day operations by applying accepted policies and procedures involving Dairy Market News' best practices to dairy market reporting

Reviews and suggests potential changes to policies and procedures involving best practices for market news reporting to improve efficiency and transparency of the program

Contacts dairy industry representatives (on a weekly or bi-weekly basis) to discover and report current market information on milk and dairy products including demand, supply, prices, and inventory levels

Develops and maintains educational and instructional knowledge and materials on dairy marketing information, methods, and practices

Market Information Branch Support: Understands and participates as a back-up, in the event of emergency, in day-to-day operations by applying accepted policies and procedures involving statistical methods to Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting Program (DPMRP) and Federal Milk Order Statistics (FMOS)

Reviews and suggests potential changes to policies and procedures involving statistical methods for DPMRP and FMOS to improve efficiency and transparency of the program

May be assigned to attend meetings with dairy industry groups, dairy farmer organizations, the Department, and other government officials concerning the dairy industry to learn about research and educational projects related to dairy market reporting (prior approval required)

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


To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements;

Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two (2)yefars; OR

Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010, and before July 10, 2012 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); OR

Individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty. This eligibility period cannot extend more than 6 years from the date on which the requirements for the academic course of study were met.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.


GS-9: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Dairy Science, Agricultural Journalism, or closely-related field, or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

TRANSCRIPTS are required.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9 GRADE LEVEL 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:

The candidate will need to demonstrate experience that illustrates knowledge of the current structure, production, marketing practices, and price relationship in the dairy industry.

The incumbent collects market information, with some supervision, on the market for milk and dairy products from contacts according to an established reporting schedule and compiles information, with some help, on the market activity for timely dissemination. Experience should also include responsibility for developing and maintaining reliable industry contacts with close direction.

The candidate will be able prioritize work duties, meet established deadlines, and interact with an ever changing dairy industry with minimal supervision. The candidate will be able to undertake job related contact visits to plants or offices and attend meetings independent of direct supervision.

Most of the information collected by DMN reporters is gathered via the telephone. Therefore, reporters must understand and be understood in oral communication.

The major dissemination method for DMN is written reports issued/disseminated over the Internet. The candidate needs to have experience in preparing accurate and understandable written reports on the marketing of dairy or other agricultural products.

The candidate will need general experience or knowledge of agriculture that includes economics and marketing related to milk and dairy products that can be obtained through experience as a market news reporter, a buyer, a seller or an industry representative; or education directly related to the subject area may be substituted for part of the experience.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

Special Conditions

Transcripts including the date your degree was conferred is required. Applications will not be considered without this documentation.

DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans’ documents required to receive veterans’ preference and/or to document eligibility for individuals who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying

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

If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty.

A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. The agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.

As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.

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. f

Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire.

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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This position may not confer all of the benefits usually associated with the competitive service such as tenure and transfer and privileges. However, the selectee will be entitled to sick and annual leave accrual. Eligibility for retirement benefits, health insurance and life insurance is determined on a case by case basis.

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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