Soil Scientist
Department Of Agriculture - Plains, MT

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This job announcement replaces job announcement number 13-0116-0116DP-CM. Applicants who have applied to the previous job announcement must reapply to this job announcement to be considered.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-0116-0016G-CM and closes January 28, 2013. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position is located in Region One on the Lolo National Forest. Employee serves as a fully operating professional soil scientist.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the two locations listed above. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Traci Sylte at 406-329-3896 and tsylte@fs.fed.us.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.

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

DUTIES:
Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Supplies soil related information to the land management planning process. Provides technical expertise in analyzing this information. Determines resource potentials, suggests alternative management practices, predicts the effect of each management alternative, and assesses the resource trade-offs required to build an optimum program. Conducts reconnaissance and detailed soil surveys in areas of moderate complexity. Is completely responsible for development and interpretation of soil survey legend. Provides soil related information needed to develop and maintain the Forest Land Management Plan, compartment examination prescriptions, and other project proposals and environmental analyses. Prepares inventory reports which include inventory descriptions, and map unit descriptions characteristics.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for all positions at the GS-5 grade level and above.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Bachelor's Degree: soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility. OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Examples of specialized experience are: Served as an advanced trainee specializing in soil science; conducted standard soil resource inventories and watershed restoration needs inventories; collected soil samples for laboratory analysis to determine physical, chemical, and morphological characteristics and classified soil properties according to appropriate standards; and/or assisted in writing watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management reports, soil survey reports.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; or an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience are: Conducted reconnaissance and detailed soil surveys including field and/or laboratory examination, description, classification, and mapping of soils; prepared soil survey reports, watershed restoration plans, erosion control plans, soil resource improvement plans, or soil management reports; and/or analyzed soils and related information and prepared interpretative material used to develop land management functional plans and resource use plans to ensure soil stability and erosion control protection.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIREMENTS:
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=ad1f5632-3553-4dee-becc-a14801391e68

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Government housing is not available.

Forest Service affiliated daycare facilities are not available.

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