Soil Conservationist Job in Multiple Locations – Department of Agriculture

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Soil Conservationist – Multiple Locations
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Job ID: 37785
Start Date: 01/14/2019
End Date: 01/24/2019

Qualification Summary
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on NRCS-19-0130-CA-MP-SRN. It is open to current NRCS federal employees and CTAP eligibles ONLY. If you want to be considered on both announcements, you must apply to both announcements.All applicants must meet all qualification(i.e. specialized experience) and eligibility (e.g.time-in-grade, general restriction on movement after competitive appointment/time-after-competitive appointment)by the closing date ofthis vacancyannouncement.
Basic Education Requirement:Degree: soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops orplant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science; OR
Combination of Education and Experience: At least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education comparable to a 4 year degree. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
Minimum Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants mustmeet one of the following Minimum Qualification Requirements in order to be considered for this position.GS-5 Grade Level: Meet the Basic Requirement listed above.GS-7 Grade Level:
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level or higher in the Federal service (or private sector equivalent) demonstrating experience and knowledge of the application of routine principles, concepts and methodology associated with natural resources, practical experience assisting in providing routine technical advice in soil conservation plans while meeting deadlines and priorities in which any deviations or problems are referred to the supervisor; ORSubstitution of Education in Lieu of Specialized Experience: Possess superior academic achievement (i.e. upper third of graduating class, 3.0 or greater GPA overall or 3.5 or greater GPA within Major, or honor society membership); OR Possess one year of graduate level education in soil conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering; OR Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.GS-9 Grade Level:
Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level or higher in the Federal service (or private sector equivalent)demonstrating experience and knowledge of the application of the principles, concepts and methodology associated with natural resources. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience independently providing technical advice to address soil and water resource concerns and implement conservation planning. Examples of specialized experience include: • Demonstrating experience applying conventional and established conservation methods and techniques to maintain or improve production while conserving soiland water resources. • Developing natural resource conservation plans for land owners, conservation groups or units of local government involving a variety of soil patterns andconservation practices such as contours, terraces, tilling, diversions, etc.• Identification and inventory of natural resources by obtaining physical data on multiple land uses such as crop history, soil erosion data, drainage characteristics,field arrangement, problem areas, land use data, and conservation practices present. • Assisting in the evaluation of onsite urban, rural, or wetland conservation needs and applying land treatment measures including the installation of erosion and water control practices. OR
Substitution of Education in Lieu of Specialized Experience: Possess two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in soil conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering; OR Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.
Experience Note:Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule Qualification Standard: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/soil-conservation-series-0457/

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