Soil Conservation Technician (Non Status)
Department Of Agriculture - Torrington, WY

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Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!! Visit our web site ( http://www.nrcs.usda.gov ) to learn more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation. The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations. Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands! ( http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ ).

This is a non-status vacancy announcement and is open to US Citizens. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

This position is being advertised as a GS-06, with promotion potential to the GS-07. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizen
Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
NRCS Utilizes E-Verify to identify and determine employment eligibility
Specialized experience required. Related graduate education may be eligible
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service

Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License DUTIES:
Gathers and compiles planning data on rural and/or urban sites, including physical features such as soil limitations, erosion, surface drainage, and sedimentation for evaluation and development of natural resources conservation plans by a professional soil conservationist.

Assists the District Conservationist in resource planning by laying out farm boundaries on aerial photos, determines acreage with grid scale and planimeter, prepares cartographic orders. Performs simple conservation planning for basic resource protection for conservation compliance plans.

Provides planning information to local governmental units for development of flood control projects, paths, trails, and wildlife habitats.

Assumes responsibility for determining priorities and scheduling of the application workload in the field office. Receives all requests for layout and establishment of practices, including state and federal referrals, and develops and carries out a schedule to apply all requested conservation practices.

Explains cost-share payment procedures to farmers, inspects proposed sites, determines need and feasibility of conservation practices applicable for geographical location, advises on-site selections, performs layout work, and supervises construction of practices for which the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has technical responsibility.

Provides information to farmers, ranchers, and others rural residents on the kinds of assistance available from NRCS and other USDA agencies, including nature of programs and how and where to apply for assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
For information on the qualification standards for this position please visit the group qualification standard at:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-tech.asp and the individual occupational requirements at:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0400/0458.htm

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To qualify for this positon, your resume must indicate you meet the specialized experience defined below. If you do not meet the specialized experience, your graduate level coursework may qualify you for this position. If using your graduate level education to qualify for this position, you must submit legible copies of your transcripts to support it.

To qualify at the GS-6 level you must have one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-5 level in the federal government that equipped you with specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform duties under supervision that include: gathering and compiling natural resource data, conducting basic research in support of conservation planning efforts, preparing maps and interpreting soil survey data, and advising land owners on the design, installation, and effectiveness of a variety of standard conservation practices. Technicians at the GS-5 level generally work independently to complete small projects or segments of larger projects and often must choose from several accepted practices and/or determine the proper course of action using mostly familiar conservation methods and techniques

OR

At least 9 semester hours of graduate education leading to a Masters degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture, forestry, range management, or other subject-matter field directly related to the position.

Or a combination of education and experience. Please visit the standards listed above for more information.

If using education to qualify for this position you must include a copy of your graduate level transcripts along with any relevant course descriptions, and title of thesis work in order to have education considered. Failure to submit transcripts may affect your ability to be considered for this position.

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. For more information please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.

Additional Qualifications:
  • May need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions
  • A Valid Driver's License
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
You must be a US Citizen

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

The on-line occupational questionnaire that you will complete on-line will address the following knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position.

1. Knowledge of soil and water conservation practices and engineering.

2. Knowledge of topography, mapping, survey and record keeping practices.

3. Ability to communicate and use computer hardware and software.

To preview questions please View Assessment Questions .

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.

Well -Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are placed in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.

Your resume must document the work experience you reflect in the questionnaire. If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, OR that your resume does not support the score on your questionnaire, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. BENEFITS:

Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp .

Relocation expenses will not be paid. OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.
Information on ICTAP/CTAP-

Individuals who have special priority selection eligibility under the Agency 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. Well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 30.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.7-3 for ICTAP. This includes proof of eligibility, a copy of the their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF 50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown,and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Jodi Nielsen in the servicing personnel office at (530) 792-5614, or by e-mail jodi.nielsen@ca.usda.gov . If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to http://www.gsa.gov/fedrelay for assistance in contacting the person listed above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) 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). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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