Department Of Agriculture Lincoln , NE 68501
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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.
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This position is assigned to the FSA, Nebraska State Office, Price Support Branch located in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
Plan, administer and review all aspects of the Farm programs and activities.
Provide technical leadership, consultation, and oversight.
Analyze and interpret provisions on current and proposed national program policies, procedures and regulations to determine their applicability to and impact on program administration in the State. Develop and maintain effective working relationship with others involved or participating in assigned programs.
Attend meetings and develop and maintain contacts with various governmental agencies, producers and trade organizations.
Review program changes, new programs, or deficiencies in administering current programs, determine training required; develop a training program; and conduct training and instructional meetings.
Provide technical guidance and assistance as needed with programs' and automated applications.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required.
Job family (Series)
1145 Agricultural Program Specialist
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent upon a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
Time in grade: Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-9 grade level for consideration for grade levelone year at the GS-9 grade level for consideration for the GS-11 grade level; one year at the GS-11 grade level for consideration for the GS-12 grade level.).
For the GS-9 level: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in dairy science, agricultural marketing, domestic agricultural development, farm management, agronomy, or other agricultural specialty areas; OR One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Experience that demonstrates understanding of farming practices and customs in the operatonal phases of agricultural stabilization and conservation programs; Experience communicating with representatives of public organizations, farmers' associations, and others, to provide agricultural program information affecting them; OR A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
For the GS-11 level: Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in dairy science, agricultural marketing, domestic agricultural development, farm management, agronomy, or other agricultural specialty areas; OR One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Experience assisting and applying the national policies and objectives governing agricultural stabilization and conservation programs; Utilizing personal understanding of farming practices and customs, and of the economic needs of farm communities; Experience working with representatives of public organizations, farmers' associations, and others, to interpret agricultural regulations, and policies affecting them; OR A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
For the GS-12 level: One year of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level. Experience applying the laws and regulations governing agricultural stabilization and conservation programs and serving as an advisor on the application of national policies and objectives; Utilizing personal understanding of farming practices and customs in the United States, and of the economic needs of farm communities at the State level; Experience developing and maintaining relationships with representatives of public organizations, farmers' associations, and others, to interpret agricultural regulations, programs, and policies affecting them.
THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION IS NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL.
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.