Applications for this vacancy will be accepted from U.S. Citizens, current and
former competitive service Federal employees, and candidates eligible under
special hiring authorities. Please indicate below how you would like to be
considered for this position. You may make more than one selection as
applicable. You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so
please choose carefully.
ALL U.S. CITIZENS - You may apply under open competitive procedures if you meet
the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. U.S. citizens with no prior Federal status
2. Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference (Documentation Required for Veterans'
3. Applicants with Federal status (as defined below) who would like to be considered under
competitive examining procedures. Note: Federal status applicants selected
under competitive examining procedures will be required to serve a new
MERIT PROMOTION You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the
requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Applicants with Federal status (i.e. current competitive service
Federal employee with career or career-conditional status; or former competitive
service Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility.) Your status is
identified in block 24 on your SF-50 and the position occupied may be found in
block 34 . You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel
Action. Do not submit SF-50s for awards. You should also submit your most
recent performance appraisal.
2. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
(VEOA). To be eligible, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable
conditions (honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either: a
preference eligible OR a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of
continuous active service. You must submit a copy of your DD-214.
NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if
you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or
career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion
potential as the position applying for; OR former competitive service
Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the
same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for. You must
provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same
or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial
hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.) Do not submit SF-50s for
awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.
2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You are
eligible for a VRA appointment if you: are in receipt of a campaign badge for
service during a war or in a campaign or expedition, OR are a disabled veteran,
OR are in receipt of an Armed forces Service Medal for participation in a
military operation, OR are a recently separated veteran (within the last 3
years), AND separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or
general discharge). You must submit a copy of your DD-214. NOTE: VRA only
applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
3. 30% or more disabled veterans. You are eligible if you retired from active
military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more OR
you have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable
service-connected disability of 30% or more. You must submit your DD-214, a
completed SF-15, and required documentation.
4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent
Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while
on active duty. For further information, eligibility criteria and documentation
requirements, please visit:
5. Persons with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric
Disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment. You must provide proof of
disability and certification of job readiness. For further information, please
6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers. You must provide documentation as
proof of non-competitive eligibility.
7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange
1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. If you select A or B, please submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.A. I have a four year degree (or higher) in biological sciences, crop science, weed science, agronomy, horticulture, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the National Program Leader (Cropping Systems) position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.
2. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) experience developing and evaluating Cropping Systems programs; (2) knowledge and expertise in scientific research related to Cropping Systems; and (3) experience in obtaining grants and/or evaluating Cropping Systems research, education and extension.A. Yes
3. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level? Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) experience developing and evaluating Cropping Systems programs; (2) knowledge and expertise in scientific research related to Cropping Systems; (3) experience in obtaining grants and/or evaluating Cropping Systems research, education and extension; and (4) ability to interpret, analyze, and implement Cropping System guidelines, policies, and procedures.A. Yes
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
4. Attends professional meetings, regularly reads scientific journals, and collaborates with other professionals in Cropping Systems and related disciplines to keep abreast of recent developments in basic and applied research techniques and methods.
5. Analyzes and evaluates research methodologies used in Cropping Systems, determines the validity and reliability of research results, and applies those results to improving Cropping Systems programs.
6. Participates in monitoring and reviewing national and international data and statistics on Cropping Systems to identify trends, discrepancies, impacts, problems, and data gaps.
7. Provides recommendations for improving the competitive review process.
8. Works collaboratively with team members, partners, and stakeholders to establish strategic program goals and objectives for Cropping Systems programs.
9. Assembles and leads teams of experts to accomplish Cropping Systems goals and objectives, and is responsible for the successful outcome of team goals and objectives.
10. Serves on interagency, interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary work groups, task forces, and committees addressing critical issues in Cropping Systems.
11. Evaluates the effectiveness of Cropping Systems programs.
12. Applies analytical techniques in evaluating program impacts.
13. Identifies gaps in Cropping Systems programming needs and provides recommendations for strengthening the programs.
14. Reviews and analyzes financial system status reports.
15. Assists in compiling and monitoring Cropping Systems program budgets.
16. Provides required data to support requests for funding through development of cost trends, unit cost data, and projected costs of the program.
17. Assists in collecting final project costs and confirming amounts expended were spent in accordance with agency policy.
18. Coordinates and collaborates with others to exchange program-related information, solve program-related problems, and strengthen Cropping Systems programs through interdisciplinary interaction.
19. Participates in or represents Cropping Systems programs at interagency briefings, meetings, committees, and task forces.
20. Prepares reports and briefings for agency leadership, concisely and accurately, demonstrating knowledge of program-related issues and how those issues relate to the overall mission of the agency.
21. Develops responses to inquiries and requests from Congress, stakeholders, and the public regarding the status of agency Cropping Systems programs.
22. Develops and prepares written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.