SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN, GS-0458-3/4/5/6/7


Vacancy ID: 789189   Announcement Number: AB-13-10 (READVERTISEMENT)   USAJOBS Control Number: 335965400

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1. Title of Job

SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN, GS-0458-3/4/5/6/7


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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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

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNCIAN

21. Geographic Availability

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381117005 Fort Totten, ND

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

WARNING STATEMENT: Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.

1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to claim Indian Preference? Note: You must include and upload your Form BIA-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.

A. Yes.

B. No.

2. Are you a veteran and submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include and upload your DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. or 10 pt. preference and Standard Form 15 including the required supporting documentation, if claiming 10 pt. preference.

A. Yes.

B. No.

3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility? Note: You must include and upload your latest SF-50 to verify transfer or reinstatement eligibility.

A. Yes.

B. No.

4. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?

A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid Drivers License.

B. No, I do not possess a valid Drivers License.

5. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for the GS-3 Soil Conservation Aid. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.(NOTE: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit.).

A. I have at least 6 months of general experience in any type of work that (1) demonstrates my ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

B. I have at least 2 SEASONS of specialized experience which involved work assisting in soil conservation or range activities. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land. SEASONAL EXPERIENCE is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. (Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience).

C. I have successfully completed 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

D. I have a combination of experience as described in A or B above and education as described in C above which total at least six months. For example, 3 months of experience (50% of the experience) and one semster of related under-graduate study (50% of the education requirement) would qualify an applicant for this position.

E. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

6. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for the GS-4 Soil Conservation Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.(NOTE: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit.).

A. I have at least 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience. GENERAL EXPERIENCE is any experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is work which involved assisting in soil conservation or range activities. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: work installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land.

B. I have at least 4 SEASONS of specialized experience which involved work assisting in soil conservation or range activities. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land. SEASONAL EXPERIENCE is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. (Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience).

C. I have successfully completed 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

D. I have a combination of experience as described in A or B above and education as described in C above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of experience (50% of the experience) and one year of related under-graduate study (50% of the education requirement) would qualify an applicant for this position.

E. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

7. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-5 Soil Conservation Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select. (NOTE: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit.).

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation or range activities. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land.

B. I have completed 4 years of progressively higher-level education leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

C. I have a combination of experience as described in A and education as described in B which totals 100% of the requirement for 1 year of specialized experience. The equivalent of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours (beyond the 2nd year of attendance) is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

8. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-6 Soil Conservation Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation measures or range management activities necessary in securing proper land use and development. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land.

B. I do not have the experience as described in the above statement.

9. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-7 Soil Conservation Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select. (NOTE: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit.).

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation measures or range management activities necessary in securing proper land use and development. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land.

B. I have successfully completed 1 full year of directly related graduate education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent).

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B which totals at least one year. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

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. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience and your self-rating is not supported, your score will be lowered.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task. (0 Point)

B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job. (1 Point)

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. (2 Points)

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. (3 Points)

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 Points)

10. Provide information and statistical data for use in preparation of periodic and special reports regarding conservation practices installed on the land.

11. Participate in natural resource planning activities.

12. Track or report the progress of soil conservation work (against an approved baseline) through an established system.

13. Interpret non-technical materials related to natural resources, land operations and soil conservation.

14. Conduct natural resource inventories or surveys including identifying key native and non-native plants.

15. Verify proper crop type and acreage of leases.

16. Certify compliance of conservation plans and lease stipulations making corrective action recommendations.

17. Write stipulations, management and conservation plans related to agricultural activities on trust lands.

18. Efficient use of standard office computer programs and electronic field equipment including but not limited to: GPS equipment, ArcGIS v9.3 or newer, PowerPoint, research via internet, MSWord, MSExcel, MSOutlook, etc.

19. Monitor and collect field data using GPS equipment and extract GPS data into Agency GIS databases.

20. Analyze and create reports and maps from ESRI software.

21. Proficient in MSWord to produce and edit documents in various designated styles and formats requested.

22. Proficient in MSExcel to utilize basic capabilities of data manipulation in producing results and reports.

23. Proficient in internet use and project research.

24. Proficient in and adaptable to learn new IT processes.

25. Use technical drawings, specifications, or samples to produce objects, materials or other products pertaining to natural resources.

26. Use graphics, image scanning or interactive graphics systems to complete assignments.

27. Use or interpret maps, aerial photos and GIS/GPS mapping tools.

28. Use survey equipment to identify basic property lines or stakes lines/grades.

29. Use general math to interpret land descriptions.

30. Establish and maintain favorable working relationships with local USDA offices (NRCS and PSA)

31. Inspect trust property and make personal contact with individuals occasionally under tense circumstances.

32. Advise land operators of services and corrective procedures regarding land conservation.

33. Provide information to internal and external customers about appropriate USDA programs.

34. Provide written and verbal reports on failures of and users to properly maintain conservation structures.

35. Assist land operations in identifying and dealing with conservation problems_

36. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations involving soil conservation projects.

37. Make direct contact with Tribal council, groups, landowners, lessees, permittees to obtain or convey information.

INSTRUCTIONS: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

38. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.

APPLICANT RESPONSIBILITY: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF50s) is received.