Clerk-Typist (Office Automation)
Department Of Agriculture - Reno, NV

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This announcement is open to all US Citizens. More than one selection may be made from this announcement. This is a Temporary Intermittent appointment. The selected individual is limited to working no more than 1038 work hours in a service year. Based upon workload and budget restrictions this position is not expected to continue beyond one year from the date of appointment but may be extended. This position does not provide any federal benefits. Sick and annual leave are not earned and the work hours of the individual will vary considerably based upon the workload.

The position is an excepted service non-status appointment.

  • 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: The individual performs basic routine clerical and typing tasks for the maintenance and support of the section. This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. DUTIES-

Type and maintain information in finished form such documents as correspondence, memos, reports, etc. using computer software such as word processing, spreadsheet and database.

Answer multi-line telephones, route calls, take messages, schedule appointments, and respond to or refer inquiries.

Greet staff, visitors and/or customers and provide required assistance, or refer top proper source for assistance.

Process mail, including open, sort, stamp, log in and distribute.

Retrieve and input data utilizing a computer

Maintain filing systems

Other duties as assigned.

A valid state driver's license is required.

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


For consideration as a GS-4, you must have at least one year of general experience performing progressively responsible clerical office or other work that indicates my ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position in this field. Demonstrated general experience examples are: typing memos, correspondence and reports using word processing. Answering and routing telephone calls, scheduling appointments and referring inquiries. Maintaining filing systems, assembling materials for mailings. Ordering supplies, greeting visitors, completing standard forms.


Have successfully completed two full-time years above high school level in any field for which high school graduation or equivalent is the normal prerequisite for attending. The education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college or university.


Have a combination of experience and education (as listed in B above) that totals at least 100 percent when combined to qualify at the GS-4 level (see the links for qualification standards listed above)

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

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:

· 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.

Knowledge of standard office procedures

Skill in operating computers using a variety of software applications

Ability to serve as a liaison for office staff

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.

BENEFITS: This position does not provide any federal benefits. Sick and annual leave are not earned and the work hours of the individual will vary considerably based upon the workload.

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 .

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 .

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 Tracy McDermott in the servicing personnel office at (530) 792-5646, or by e-mail . If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to 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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