As 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.
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The position is responsible for processing and maintenance of records related to NRCS conservation programs and the day to day business and office processes of the NRCS.
Track Farm Bill contracts and technical service provider projects to include reviewing and assembling documentation and certification required for contracts and payments.
Process applications and certifications of eligibility: review payment requests and verify payment documents to ensure complete information is provided. This includes analyzing problems with applications and taking remedial actions.
Draft and finalize contract administration letters and documents related to status reviews; contract implementation; contract modifications; and potential cancellations or terminations.
Provide a variety of information to landowners and other program participants; guidance on completion of required program application materials; and explanations regarding contract payment processes and paperwork requirements.
Occasional travel - Up to 20%
Job family (Series)
0344 Management And Program Clerical And Assistance
HelpRequirements 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.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. This will require the operation of a motor vehicle on public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.
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.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
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.
All applicants must meet all qualifications such as the education requirement and the specialized experience requirements listed below by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
To qualify for this position at the GS-5 level:
Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-4 level in the Federal Service or comparable experience not gained through Federal Service. For this position, specialized Experience is defined as performing administrative duties in support of conservation planning. This experience must include: processing, organizing and filing records for business program operations; responding to questions on office programs policies, procedures and operations to employees and outside parties; receiving and processing applications (including reviewing applications for completeness); reviewing incoming/ outgoing correspondence for format, grammar, and punctuation; maintaining office filing system; providing telephone and receptionist services; scheduling meetings; and providing other clerical and administrative support for an organization; OR
Completed 4 or more years of education above the high school level; OR
Possess a combination of education and experience, as described above, which totals at least 100% when combined.
To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level:
Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable experience not gained through Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as performing complex administrative duties in support of conservation planning. Examples include: design or develop financial and transactional reports, and correspondences for conservation projects, develop processes and procedures for administrative functions to provide consistency within the office and to outside parties.
To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level:
Possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-6 level in the Federal Service or comparable experience not gained through Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as work in support of conservation planning that involves providing contract administration support services such as using a variety of electronic tools to input, organize and manipulate data; communicating program information and verifying participant eligibility;creating and maintaining case files; tracking contract status and following-up with participants to ensure deadlines are met; reviewing contracts, payments and other technical documents for accuracy and compliance with policy; and working with staff and customers t6 resolve program issues and problems.
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.
The OPM Qualification Standards for this position can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Occupational-Series
If qualifying via 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.
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