Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs SOIL CONSERVATIONIST, GS-0457-7/9/11 in Nespelem, Washington
Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Nespelem, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (14 day(s) ago)
** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (7 day(s) away)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821961
SOIL CONSERVATIONIST, GS-0457-7/9/11
Posn.#4600305, DOI-Bureau of Indian Affairs Northwest Region, Colville Agency
Deputy Superintendent-Trust Services
GS-07: $40,033 - $52,043 Per Annum
GS-09: $48,968 - $63,654 Per Annum GS-11: $59,246 - $77,019 Per Annum
(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).
INDIAN PREFERENCE:Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA):Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veterans preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: *Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment. *
Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Provides technical assistance and expertise to trust landowners and producers by developing and implementing sound conservation plans for dry land, irrigated, and pasture lands on the reservation.
Prepares and assist land owners and/or operators in a long-term program consistent with approved conservation practices to promote the conservation and development of soil, water, recreation and community resources.
Prepares land use feasibility determinations.
Develops and oversees the agency Noxious Weed Program and pest insect management plans.
Provides assistance to Tribal programs when developing Management plans such as Fire Rehabilitation plans, Watershed Protection plans, and the Tribe's overall Integrated Resource Management plan (IRMP).
Serve on the Burned Area Emergency Rehab (BAER) team.
Participates in the Project Proposal, and Planning (3 P's) process in dealing with the best management practices for projects being proposed on the reservation.
Serves as agent and representative during emergency responses to hazardous water/substance discharge, dumps and spills.
Participates in overall Land Use Planning.
- Occasional Travel
- Travel may be required for field work or to attend meetings.
- US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
- BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
- APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
- APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0457, and the Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0457, Soil Conservationist Series).
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES:
A. Degree:soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science, OR *B. Combination of education and experience * at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in A above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:
GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience may include work involving providing technical guidance and assistance such as soil interpretations, erosion, control, and water quality recommendation to groups and individuals with planning responsibilities; communicating and sharing general information and explaining issues related to soil and water conservation issues, problems, and solutions to groups. OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience may include work such as providing technical guidance and assistance with soil interpretations, erosion, control, and water quality recommendation to groups and individuals with planning responsibilities; use of soil survey data, surveying methods, types of surveying instruments, and installation of various soil and water conservation practices. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience). OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-07: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience may include work such as assisting land owners with the identification and control of noxious weed infestations, making recommendations and/or application of treatments to control noxious weeds; collection and release of biologic control agents; application of chemical pesticides; application of mechanical treatments to control noxious weeds; application of sampling or monitoring techniques utilized to assess site conditions and/or risk of resource damage. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience. OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.
FOREIGN EDUCATION:If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information please refer to the following link: Government Wide Guidance - Fair Employment Opportunities to Applicants
DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT:As a Federal employee, you will be required to submit a signed and completed "Declaration for Federal Employment," OF-306, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check for Federal employment.
OTHER:Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid drivers license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
TELEWORK:The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
Q - Nonsensitive
What To Expect Next
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits
CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS:Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp
NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.
Salary Range: $40,033.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0457-07/11
Promotion Potential: 11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES.
Control Number: 453010200
Job Announcement Number: NW-17-03