Mathematical Statistician - Pathways Recent Graduates Program
Department Of Agriculture - Denver, CO

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service is the data collection and dissemination arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASS gathers and publishes a vast array of information on every facet of U.S. agriculture, including production, economics, demographics, and the environment.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is seeking qualified recent graduates to provide analytical survey work of a statistical nature in support of the NASS Census of Agriculture.

This is an Excepted Service appointment. Upon completion of the program requirements, the appointment may be converted to a term (time-limited), career, or career-conditional (permanent) appointment but there is no guarantee.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 level which is contingent upon successful completion of the program and a career conditional appointment (promotion is not guaranteed).

The range of pay shown includes base pay plus supplemental locality adjustments. The locality rates for these duty locations range from a low of 14.16% to a high of 22.52%. Pay will vary by the locality rate for the geographic location where the position is located.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizen

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

DUTIES:
As a Mathematical Statistician (Student Trainee) in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will:

Review agricultural and statistical survey data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture and prepare estimates, forecasts, supporting analysis, and interpretive comments for reports.
Review survey forms and questionnaires to determine validity and proper representation of reports.
Formulate new or revised survey forms and questionnaires to facilitate the gathering of survey data.
Work in cooperation with senior staff, recommending new or improved mathematical methods and techniques for statistical sampling, assembly, and computation.
Develop and document procedures for software utilization using knowledge of computer technology and commercial software.
Prepare reports for assigned region or state, and prepare releases and correspondence for dissemination to various audiences.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, or professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying education institution within the previous two years. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed.

NOTE: You are REQUIRED to submit proof of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university to verify eligibility requirements.

Basic Requirements:
This position has a positive education requirement. To be minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the Basic Requirements as follows:

A. Degree: A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: At least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Qualifying experience should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

NOTE: Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements described above, applicants must also meet the following specialized experience or education requirements to be minimally qualified for this position:

GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or related discipline. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting mathematical and statistical studies, performing data analysis and identifying trends, and preparing technical reports of methods and findings.

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and experience may be used to meet experience requirements.

NOTE: If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable) or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education outside the U.S. , you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.

BENEFITS:
For an overview of benefits that may be offered to Federal employees, please click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Interns may be non-competitively converted to term or permanent appointments in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion, an Intern must:

Be a U.S. citizen;
Have completed the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student;
Have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
Have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted

Veterans' Preference: To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE . To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

NASS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

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