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Soil Conservationist (Area Resource Conservationist)
FAIRFIELD IA 52556
Category: Other
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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Soil Conservationist (Area Resource Conservationist)
* Duties
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## Duties
### Summary
Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to "help people help the land?" For more than 83 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.
As part of USDA's new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, we are the focal point for assisting the voluntary conservation efforts of the nation's farmers, ranchers and other stewards of agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands. We help these stewards plan and implement proven conservation systems through technical and financial assistance designed to enhance productivity, improve soil and water health, and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.
The NRCS employs over 10,000 professionals who work in over 3,000 locations, over 95 percent of whom are outside the Washington, D.C. area and covering every county in the U.S. We value our employees and are committed to employee engagement and work/life balance programs. We are also part of the USDA, which was ranked 7th among all federal agencies as a "best place to work" through the FY2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
We need people who are committed to action through public service-- people who want to apply their education and experience to help ensure that all of us enjoy the benefits that come from a healthy environment and productive agriculture. Please consider joining us and helping to make a difference for generations to come.
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### Responsibilities
The Soil Conservationist (Resource Conservationist) works in the local field office and assists the District Conservationist in developing and implementing a comprehensive natural resource conservation program.
* Provides leadership, technical guidance, interpretations, and recommendations to assigned technical staff, Field Offices, Area Offices, and the Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations (ASTC-FO) in the assessment, planning, development and application of conservation plans.
* Provides support to field office staff in implementing National and State Conservation planning policies, procedures, and requirements of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
* Ensures all planning and environmental compliance functions are reviewed in program appraisals; confirms subsequent ecological practice spot-checking processes are carried out on an annual basis.
* Acts as an area NRCS representative in establishing and maintaining positive working relations with other federal, state, local agencies and organizations on problems of mutual interest regarding the soil and water conservation program. Represents the ASTC (FO) at conferences and committee meetings, as assigned. Subsequently advises and makes recommendations based on results of conference and committee deliberations.
* Responsible for supervision of federal employees located in field office(s) and acts as liaison between the state and district employees. Ensures quality and quantity of work, reviews work of subordinates and accepts, revises, or rejects work. Sets performance standards and evaluates performance for subordinates.
### Travel Required
25% or less - As needed for field visits, training, and other activities
##### Supervisory status
Yes
##### Promotion Potential
12
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to...
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) agency employees serving on a permanent appointment and USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Reemployment Priority List (RPL) eligibles.
Location Consideration: You may select up to a maximum of three locations.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
* #### Job family (Series)
0457 Soil Conservation
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## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
* A 1-year probationary or trial period may be required.
* A 1- year supervisory probationary period may be required.
* Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator's licence for the type of vehicle(s) operated to perform the duties of this postiion. This will require the operation of a motor vehcile on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.
* Incumbent is required to obtain conservation planning Level II certification according the guidelines in Part 409.3 of the NRCS General Manual.
* Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
* Work takes place in both office and field environments. Field work includes physical exertion retated to conservation work, walking on rough terrain, jumping ditches and furrows, and exposure to adverse weather conditions and poisonous or irritating insects and plants. Work may require protective clothing associated with outdoors work or construction sites.
PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following:
* If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview within 3 business days of being contacted.
* If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline.
### Qualifications
**All applicants must meet all qualification (i.e. Basic Education Requirement, Specialized Experience Requirement) and eligibility (e.g.**time-in-grade, general restriction on movement after competitive appointment/time-after-competitive appointment)** by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**
**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 or plant 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 on A above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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.
Combination of education and experience
Specialized Experience Requirement:**
**To qualify for the GS-11 level:** Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the federal service which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is defined as providing technical guidance and assistance in phases and steps of the conservation planning process for a limited geographic region. Examples of this experience include: Providing technical guidance and assistance in the inventory and evaluation, design and certification phases of most ecological science conservation practices; Providing routine technical guidance and scientific advice on the management and administration of related natural resources conservation programs; Resolving most technical problems to implement sound conservation plans and practices with limited assistance.
*OR*
Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-11 level: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related discipline.
*OR*Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of graduate-level education and experience as described above, may be used to qualify for this position at the GS-11 level. 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.
**To qualify for the GS-12 level:** you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as providing technical guidance, assistance and training in all phases and steps of the conservation planning process for a wide geographic region. Examples of this experience include: Providing technical guidance and assistance in the inventory and evaluation, design and certification phases of complex ecological science conservation practices; Providing recommendations and solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of agency conservation activities; Providing guidance and oversight to others on conservation planning and implementation.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: -data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/
**Time-in-Grade:** Applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade (GS-9 for GS-11, GS-11 for GS-12), or have held the same grade or higher grade level as the one advertised in order to be considered for this position.
**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.
### Education
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in non-consideration.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly. Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Click on this link for more information.
### Additional information
* Locality Pay: The salary for each location may vary depending on locality. Locality tables my be found at -data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/
* 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.
* This position is eligible for telework within the commuting area of the duty location of the position and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
* Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required new supervisory training program before the end of their probationary period.
* This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
* It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:
* Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Applicants eligible under CTAP may received priority consideration. CTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at -data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:
* **Conservation Planning; Oral Communication; Decision Support; Data Collection and Analysis; Programs Management; Attention to Detail; Representing the Agency; Written Communication; Interpersonal Skills; Developing Others; Team Building; Accountability; Customer Service; and Assigning, Evaluating, and Monitoring Work.**
We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates need to meet minimum qualification requirements to be referred. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
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## Required Documents
The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
* **Resume** should include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.
* **College Transcripts** if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website at All transcripts must be in English or include English translation.
You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
* **Current and Former Federal Employees: **
1. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action(s), documenting that you meet the following: the advertised area of consideration; competitive status (if applicable); the highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis; and position title, series and grade, etc. Please submit multiple SF-50s if needed to verify eligibility and do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information; **AND**
2. Most recently completed performance appraisal/summary rating (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan or progress/midyear review.
* **CTAP-** Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 documenting separation or the position separating from. **Workers Compensation Separation:** Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50. **Disability Annuity Termination:** Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50. **Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456:** Certification of special disability retirement annuity from the military or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: -insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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## How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.
* You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (**ET**) on the closing date of this announcement.
* We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
* This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.
**Step 1:** Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
**Step 2**: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
**Step 3:** Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX)
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### Agency contact information
### Rhonda Sprenger
##### Phone
(919) 873-2087
##### Fax
000-000-0000
##### Email
Rhonda.Sprenger@wdc.usda.gov
##### Address
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1400 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC,
US
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### Next steps
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.
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## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501399000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 06/05/2018 to 06/11/2018
*Salary:* $61,218 to $95,388 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 11 - 12
*Work schedule:* Full-Time
*Appointment type:* Permanent

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