Agricultural Economist


Vacancy ID: 840853   Announcement Number: ERS-S13N-0023   USAJOBS Control Number: 337567600

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 840853
1. Title of Job

Agricultural Economist
2. Biographic Data

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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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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 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 conducting economic research on markets for agricultural commodities.
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 conducting economic research on U.S. and international markets for agricultural commodities and assisting in the preparation of economic related documents.
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 (includes thesis or dissertation work). My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor, senior employee, or advisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job (includes thesis or dissertation work). I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor, senior employee, or advisor.
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 economic research analysis using economic theory, principles, concepts, and conventional research methods?

5. Performing complex research and analysis related to agricultural markets?

6. Conducting economic research on U.S. and international markets for agricultural commodities?

7. Reviewing economic and scientific literature to provide support for agricultural analysis and research activities?

8. Performing research and outlook studies related to commodity, food or resource markets?

9. Preparing data and analysis in support of studies related to commodity, food or resource markets?

10. Collecting and manipulating statistical data related to commodity markets?

11. Participating in the research, analysis and outlook on feed and food grains, animal products, or specialty crops?

12. Collecting, processing, and interpreting raw data to determine the significance of findings?

13. Cleaning, analyzing, and managing large, complex datasets (e.g., datasets with over 250 observations)?

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

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

16. Preparing and presenting economic concepts, analysis, and outlook in an academic setting or professional forum?

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

18. Collecting, evaluating, and interpreting published and unpublished research data?

19. Preparing analytical reports on various economic issues?

20. Preparing economic materials for peer-reviewed publication or government industry study?

21. Assisting in the preparation of written technical economic materials for publications that focus on commodity markets?

22. 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.