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Human Resources Assistant (Recruitment & Placement) (MP

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Geological Survey Reston , VA 20190

Posted 3 months ago

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Are you a Human Resources Assistant looking for a position with the USGS? Do you have a passion for providing customer service?

Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

Salary-GS-06: $41,369 (Step 01) to $53,774 (Step 10);
Salary-GS-07: $45,972 (Step 01) to $59,762 (Step 10);

There is one vacancy however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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As a Human Resources Assistant (Recruitment & Placement) within the Office of Human Capital, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Code the full range of personnel actions. Examine personnel actions for accuracy, adequacy of documents submitted and regulatory compliance.

  • Assist Human Resources Specialists by performing technical and administrative work in support of recruitment and placement programs including merit promotion and delegated examining function.

  • Advise employees about HR matters such as employment applications, pay issues, benefits information and completion of investigation forms.

  • Develop and issue vacancy announcements; screen applications to determine completeness and basic eligibility and basic qualifications.

  • Establish, maintain, and/or utilize automated Human Resources systems to perform technical and administrative support functions.

  • At the GS-6 level, above duties are performed but more assistance, instruction, guidance, oversight, review, and supervision will be provided.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional overnight travel, up to 5 nights per month may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to

Current or former Federal employees with permanent competitive status

; ORindividuals eligible under a special or noncompetitive appointing authority (e.g., VRA, disabled, eligible Pathways Intern within conversion period, former Intern noncompetitively converted to a term appt, Returning Peace Corps Volunteer, etc.). Veterans with preference or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after approx 3yrs or more of continuous active service. Addtl info:VetGuide.

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Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.

  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.

  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following:

If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:

For GS-06, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Examples of GS-05 level work may include: 1) explaining merit promotion procedures, procedures for reinstatement or transfer to another Federal agency, and vacancies for which applications are being accepted; 2) determining the number of eligibles to certify for vacancies; 3) providing basic information about the classification program; 4) processing a full range of recurring official personnel actions; 5) explaining the basic features of health insurance plans and/or the amount and cost of life insurance. For examples 1-5, exercised initiative in completing recurring work without instructions; used judgment in selecting appropriate guidelines and procedures from among a number of specific references; and obtained assistance for unusual or complex situations.

For the GS-07, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Examples of GS-06 level work may include: 1) applying qualification standards to determine minimum eligibility for a wide variety of occupations and grade levels; 2) interviewing supervisors to determine the adequacy of a previous vacancy announcement and the nature of changes to be made; 3) evaluating applications using specific factors to place applicants in rank order for clerical occupations; 4) assisting classifier by identifying classification criteria in standards and preparing questions for position audit; 5) investigating and developing facts concerning on-the-job injuries or illnesses; 6) regularly processing a variety of unique official personnel actions.

For examples 1-6, the assistant planned the work, resolved problems, and made adjustments within established policy. A designated person assisted with unusual situations that did not have clear precedents. Judgment was required in selecting from among numerous and varied guidelines. Situations to which existing guidelines could not be applied or significant proposed deviations were referred to a designated person.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • 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 completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Additional information

  • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit


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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


--Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: 1.) Personnel; 2.) Customer Service; 3.) Compile/Analyze Data; 4.) Information Management; 5.) Creativity.

--Basis of rating: You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions.

These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.

--NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

  • If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

--If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step by the closing date of this announcement or you will not receive consideration.

  • If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

  • If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement. For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:

  • Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")

  • Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

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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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 U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:

Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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Human Resources Assistant (Recruitment & Placement) (MP

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Geological Survey