Agriculturist


Vacancy ID: 797524   Announcement Number: DEU-13-797524-AMN   USAJOBS Control Number: 333055400

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797524
1. Title of Job

Agriculturist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address


4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade


09
11

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties


001 Agriculturist

21. Geographic Availability


080860069 Fort Collins, CO

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This assessment section includes questions to determine if you are in the area of consideration for this vacancy. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS MAY RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING. Please choose A (Yes) or B (No) for each of the following items to identify which of the following descriptions applies to you.

A- Yes.
B- No.

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen or National?

2. Are you a current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago? This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

3. Are you a Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)? You must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214.

4. Are you a 30% or more Disabled Veteran? You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

5. Are you a military spouse? Military spouses are eligible if their 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. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

6. Are you eligible for a Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment? Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

7. Are you eligible for a Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment? Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

8. Are you eligible under an Interchange Agreement or other Miscellaneous Authorities? Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

1. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the Basic Requirement for the Agriculturist position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or another closely related field. The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study.
B. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work as an Agriculturist and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should demonstrate similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
C. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Agriculturist GS-0401-09 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in conducting model simulation runs; calibrating and validating a system model against experimental data; and assisting with analyzing model simulation results for various soils and climates.
B. I have successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, soil science, environmental science, agronomy, or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

3. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meets the requirements for the Agriculturist GS-0401-11 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: assisting with research in conducting model simulation runs; calibrating and validating a system model against experimental data; documenting methods and results of experimental data and modeling results; assisting with analyzing model simulation results for various soils and climates; and collecting, tabulating, analyzing and summarizing data using computers, word processing, and statistical analysis software.
B. I have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, soil science, environmental science, agronomy, or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of modeling agricultural systems and management practices.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Evaluate agricultural management practices by comparing model simulation results with research field data.

5. Plan and perform analyses in conformance with accepted practices and procedures.

6. Perform field work involving the collection of data for use in modeling.

7. Research published books, journal articles, user manuals, and research outlines for guidelines in research projects.

8. Adapt analyses methods to complex problems and interpret scientific significance.

9. Document materials, methods, and research results for drafting scientific technical reports and manuscripts.

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of agro-meteorological and crop growth relationships to soil, water, and other natural resource availability.

10. Sample plants for biomass and leaf area at different growth stages for use in research.

11. Make observations on the germination and start of flowering and maturity times for use in research.

12. Use calibrated-validated models to extend field research to long-term weather, and varying soils, and different climate conditions to solve problems.

13. Analyze model results for various soils and climates.

14. Obtain future climate change scenarios data from different organizations.

15. Input data obtained from other organizations into internal models to project the effects of climate change on natural resources.

The following statements pertain to your ability to operate computer systems and equipment for modeling and research.

16. Calibrate and maintain analytical instruments for use in research.

17. Derive simplified relationships and spreadsheet programs that encompass essential features of model results for practical application.

18. Conduct training sessions in the use of climate or natural resource models.

19. Assist scientists in creating next generation models for response to limited water and associated management practices.

Certification of Understanding - Select the appropriate answer to the statement below. Failure to provide an answer will result in your not being considered for this position.

20. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated and that responding "No" or providing no response to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I understand the information provided above and certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith.
B. No, I do not certify this information and do not wish to be considered for this position.