Program Analyst
Department Of Agriculture 496 reviews - Washington, DC

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The United States Department of Agriculture's overarching mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. With USDA you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining USDA, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world.

The position is located in Washington, DC in the Office of Environmental Markets

(OEM) within the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE). The incumbent is a Program Analyst and provides assistance to senior staff on research and analysis related to ecosystem services and environmental markets.

The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the OEM. Incumbent independently plans and executes assignments, selects appropriate techniques and methodology, and determines approach to be taken. Incumbent resolves most problems that arise, keeping the Director informed of progress, potentially controversial problems, or other matters having far-reaching implications. Incumbents work and decisions are accepted by the Director and staff as technically accurate and are subject to review only for compatibility with organizational goals and effectiveness in

achieving intended objectives.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES: The incumbent prepares papers and presentations on best practices and issues related to the effectiveness of markets. Locates and organizes information from articles and publications obtained through searches of the reference collections and data bases of Congressional Research Service, the Library, or other institutions.

Assists in conducting workshops and meetings concerning vital ecosystem services and the development of emerging markets for these services. Assists in testing applications and methodologies for ecosystem services.

Develops blogs and other social media highlighting emerging market related publications and events suitable for posting on OEM homepage. Routinely reviews OEM website, updates web material as appropriate and is responsible for general website maintenance.

Works with internal and external partners on assignments related to environmental


Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service that demonstrates: knowledge of staffing and recruitment laws, and experience using automated staffing software sufficient to evaluate and recommend system enhancements or upgrades. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. For this position specialized experience is experience that requires training in environmental and resource economics, policy analysis, and environmental communications with experience in efforts to support environmental markets for agriculture.

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No education requirement at this grade level.

All qualification requirements including time-in-grade must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: When the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. A quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents will be conducted by the HR Office before your rating becomes final; this quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Highly qualified candidates depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the vacancy will be referred to the selecting official. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your on-line resume. Note: If we determine that you have rated yourself higher than what is supportable in your resume, or if your resume is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following KSAs/competencies:

Knowledge ofthe mission, major issues, program goals and objectives of OEM in order research and provide recommendations to program managers and policy officials.

Comprehensive knowledge of ecosystem services functions, environmental markets, and related legal and scientific issues in order to develop briefing materials, and to provide information to outside contacts and OCE leadership on key issues and problems.

Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods to issues or special projects. Ability to carry out effective interpersonal relationships within and out ide OEM.

Skill in oral and written communication, including a highly developed sense of tact and diplomacy for dealing with individuals with opposing viewpoints to sensitive issues.

Applicants need not prepare written responses to these KSAs, unless asked in a second phase questionnaire.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories.
  • Best Qualified – for those who are superior in the evaluation criteria

  • Well Qualified – for those who excel in the evaluation criteria

  • Qualified – for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements.
Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

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BENEFITS: The Federal service offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. Explore the benefits offered at

OTHER INFORMATION: Recruitment/relocation incentives will not be authorized.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

If you are a displaced Federal employee, you may be entitled to receive special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Eligible ICTAP/CTAP employees within the commuting area must (1) submit documentary evidence of eligibility (a separation notice; a 'Notice of Personnel Action' (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456), (2) submit all required documents specified in the announcement, and (3) be rated in the Well Qualified definition as described above in the "how you will be evaluated" section.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law, if selected.

The US Department of Agriculture participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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