Agricultural Economist


Vacancy ID: 833149   Announcement Number: ERS-M13N-0015   USAJOBS Control Number: 336591900

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 833149
1. Title of Job

Agricultural Economist
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

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10. Lowest Grade

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Agricultural Economist

21. Geographic Availability

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110010001 Washington DC, DC

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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 completed a bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. I have a combination of education and experience that included courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not have the education or experience described in A or B above.

Your response to the question below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Agricultural Economist position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience 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. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience, or combination of education and experience for the GS-09 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service that includes assisting in the research and analysis of complex economic issues related to food assistance programs, poverty, and food access.
B. I have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics or related discipline.
C. I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.
D. I do not have the education or experience described above.

3. Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience, or combination of education and experience for the GS-11 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service that includes planning, formulating, and implementing the research and analysis of complex economic issues related to food assistance programs, poverty, and food access.
B. I have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics or related discipline.
C. I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described in options A and B above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%.
D. I do not have the education or experience described above.

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.
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. Conducting research and analysis using economic theory, principles, concepts, and conventional research methods?

5. Applying technical research and analysis on economic issues related to U.S. food assistance programs, poverty, and food access?

6. Researching complex economic issues related to changes in food assistance programs and the environments in which they operate?

7. Participating in a research program focusing on food assistance, poverty, or food access?

8. Analyzing statistical data and presenting it in tabular, chart, and graphic form?

9. Processing data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or spatial econometric tools?

10. Conducting econometric analysis using advanced software (e.g., SAS, STATA, TSP, Limedep, GeoDA, GAUSS, MATLAB, R, or SPSS)?

11. Do you have experience linking data across multiple sources?

A. Yes
B. No

12. Do you have experience using regression functions in Microsoft Excel?

A. Yes
B. No

13. Do you have experience preparing macros for SAS, Stata or a similar econometric program?

A. Yes
B. No

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.
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.

14. Developing and maintaining data sets addressing issues of food assistance, food security, diet and health outcomes, or food access?

15. Compiling, processing, evaluating, and summarizing data used in the analysis of factors affecting participation in food assistance programs, economic well-being or poverty?

16. Collecting and managing complex primary datasets (e.g., datasets with over 1000 observations)?

17. Participating or managing a program of work that develops and provides statistical measures to the public?

18. Presenting technical and economic information to a professional audience?

19. Evaluating and interpreting technical research information and disseminating results to a general audience?

20. Collecting, editing, evaluating, and interpreting published and unpublished research data?

21. Preparing analytical reports on various economic issues?

22. Preparing written technical economic materials for publications?

23. Independently identifying and defining promising and pertinent areas of research analysis?

24. If you fail to respond to this item, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

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. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.