Program Technician
Department Of Agriculture - Bozeman, MT

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PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID.

THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION ( AFGE).

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public. As a team member located in one of our USDA/FSA Offices, you will take part in the delivery of these essential and critical programs as a Program Technician by providing administrative and technical support to various Agricultural Commodity programs (i.e. Production Adjustment, Price Support, Compliance and Conservation). You will receive on-the-job training intended to further develop your talent, skills, and abilities to successfully administer agricultural programs.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All interested persons may apply. You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply.

FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

Meet education and/or experience requirements.

Complete Occupational Questionnaire and submit resume/supporting documents.

DUTIES:
This position is assigned to the FSA MONTANA STATE OFFICE, Risk Management/Compliance Branch , located in B ozeman, Gallatin County, Montana.

The selectee:
P rovides a variety of technical assistance and administrative support to the
State Office Farm Program Division Specialists with the administration of a
variety of FSA Farm Programs; including Crop Disaster Programs, Non-insured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock Disaster Programs, Compliance Programs,
and Production Adjustment. Selectee may be assigned responsibility for
administration of a smaller program, or a segment of a program having broader
scope.

Provide assistance in maintaining State Office Farm Program files;
analyze and compile a variety of reports; assemble documents, and organize
materials of a variety of program related topics and functions.

Perform clerical
assignments and technical work in support of State Office functions.

R equires typing skills to perform word processing and other office
automation duties; however, the skills of a qualified typist are not required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You may start at the GS-5 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite; OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-4 level in the Federal service applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to any program; OR

A combination of post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and the specialized experience described above.

You may start at the GS-6 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

Six months of graduate education or master’s or higher level graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in economics, agricultural economics, marketing, agricultural marketing, business administration, dairy science, domestic agricultural development, farm management, agronomy, animal or poultry science/husbandry, soil science or related curricula dealing with the production and distribution of farm products or other agricultural specialty area; OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in the Federal service applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to an agricultural program.

You may start at the GS-7 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

One full academic year of graduate education or master’s or higher level graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in economics, agricultural economics, marketing, agricultural marketing, business administration, dairy science, domestic agricultural development, farm management, agronomy, animal or poultry science/husbandry, soil science or related curricula dealing with the production and distribution of farm products or other agricultural specialty area; OR

One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-6 level in the Federal service applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to independently perform a full range of farm program processes.

College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. The questions are related to the fundamental competencies, such as customer service, decision making, flexibility, interpersonal skills, learning, oral communication, planning and evaluating, self management, teamwork, and writing, required for the job for which you are applying. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

For Merit Promotion Applicants - If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. An automated scoring system, based on your responses to the online application process is used to determine the Best Qualified applicants.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

BENEFITS:
Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits click here .

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

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 http://www.sss.gov/ .

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