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Soil Conservationist

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Department Of Agriculture Swainsboro , GA 30401

Posted 5 months ago

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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

This position is responsible for a variety of duties which assists the District Conservationist in developing and carrying out a coordinated natural resources conservation program that is tailored to customers' needs and meets USDA and NRCS requirements. This position is responsible for a variety of duties which assists the District Conservationist in developing and carrying out a coordinated natural resources conservation program that is tailored to customers' needs and meets USDA and NRCS requirements.

  • Assist in gathering and assembling preliminary data for all resource concerns for use in developing complete basic farm conservation plans, including conducting engineering surveys and preparing drawings for conservation practices common to the area.

  • Utilize Toolkit/Protracts programs in the documentation and management of conservation plans and technical assistance by the service center.

  • Carry out a follow-up schedule for applying soil conservation practices in accordance with plan and contract schedules.

  • Work with District Conservationists to conduct environmental education on natural resource issues, water quality, and general conservation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Up to 20%

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
09

Who May ApplyThis job is open to US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

You may select up to a maximum of three locations.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0457 Soil Conservation

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • 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.

  • May be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where theemployee's services are needed as determined by management. A MobilityAgreement may be required.

  • Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employmentsecurity investigation. The position may be subject to a Public Trustbackground investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subjectto reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudicationof the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointmentand on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes ofcompleting the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on yourentry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY"system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm theemployment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hireis required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition ofcontinued employment.

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice byDirect Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

  • Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion related to conservation work requiring walking through rough terrain, jumping ditches and furrows, or climbing steep banks and similar activities.

  • Work requires involves regular and recurring exposure to operating agricultural equipment including tractors, caterpillars and a wide variety of attached implements such as cultivators, discs, plows, etc. There may be exposure to snow and ice conditions, and herbicide and chemical spray operations requiring safety precautions. Protective gear and clothing such as a hard hat, boots and gloves may be necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficientlyas 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. specialized experience) 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 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 must meet 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; OR

Substitution 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 andwater 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.

Evaluation of Education: Education that provided specialized knowledge and skills in soil and water conservation is more valuable than education that imparted broad but general knowledge and skills.

Courses in soil fertility, soil chemistry, soil genesis, plant physiology, plant science, and field crops are examples of specialized courses that contribute towards meeting the required 12 semester hours as described above. Courses in the physical sciences or engineering such as geology, civil engineering, and hydrology also meet the soils, crops, or plant science course requirements where such courses included a complete introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils.

Evaluation of Experience: Experience that included the application of techniques, principles, and methods from a variety of agricultural and natural resource fields is appropriate, given the interdisciplinary character of the soil conservation occupation. For example, experience gained in a specialized field such as soil science, forestry, or agronomy is as fully acceptable as experience directly obtained in soil conservation work.

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.



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Soil Conservationist

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Department Of Agriculture