Area Resource Jobs
Forestry Wilderness Technician, Soil Conservationist
by Dawn Svalberg
March 24, 2004
Interested in working in the outdoors in western Wyoming? There are two government job vacancies currently open here in Pinedale, one as a Wilderness Forestry Technician with the Forest Service and the other as a Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pinedale. Detailed job description information for each job is listed in this article, but you can scan the brief summary below for the highlights. Current openings with federal agencies are posted on the web at USAJobs, http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
Forestry Technician (Wilderness), Pinedale Ranger District
Bridger-Teton National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
CLOSING DATE: March 30, 2004
GS-0462-05 / 06 / 07 Promotion Potential: 07
Salary: $12.55 - $20.21 Hourly
This is a permanent, full-time position.
Duties (partial listing): Plans and carries out wilderness maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with wilderness management objectives and policies, such as directing an ongoing wilderness management project of limited or seasonal scope. Develops and implements wilderness project work plans. Directs or coordinates maintenance of wilderness areas. Monitors and inspects outsourced operations for compliance with contract provisions. Assists in performing final inspection and writing inspection reports. Performs inventories and monitoring to determine wilderness resource conditions (wildlife, fish, soil, water, vegetation) and proposes rehabilitation plans. Contact: Gary Hayward, Pinedale Ranger District, Phone: (307) 367-5714, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Soil Conservationist (District Conservationist), Permanent Full-Time GS-457-9/11
SALARY RANGE: GS-9 $39,690 - $51,599 GS-11 $48,022 - $ 62,429
CLOSING DATE: April 16, 2004
THE DUTY LOCATION AND ORGANIZATION: Pinedale, WY- Pinedale NRCS Field Office
MAJOR DUTIES: 1. Serves as District Conservationist and directs field office operations 2. Provides technical assistance and leadership to individual and groups in the development, application, and maintenance of soil and water conservation plans 3. Provides leadership and technical guidance to the Conservation District staff and Board of District Supervisors. 4. Develops and maintains information activities in order to promote and facilitate the locally led conservation process. 5. Responsible for administrative activities of the field office, including maintenance of records, preparation of reports, and safety and training of field office staff. 6. Promotes coordination and cooperation, and leadership of USDA programs with other federal, state, and local agencies. CONTACT PERSON FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Name: Susan Jones, Phone: (307) 233-6788
DETAILED JOB INFORMATION:
Forestry Technician (Wilderness), Pinedale Ranger District
Bridger-Teton National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
Closes: March 30, 2004
GS-0462-05 / 06 / 07 Promotion Potential: 07 Salary: $12.55 - $20.21 Hourly
This is a permanent, full-time position.
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Agency Name: USDA - Forest Service
Vacancy Announcement Number: ADS04-r4-PD16-04D rel 2
Opening Date: 03/17/2004 Closing Date: 03/30/2004 Area of Consideration: US citizens
Position Title, Series, Grade: Forestry Technician (Wilderness), GS-0462-05 / 06 / 07 Promotion Potential: 07 Salary: $12.55 - $20.21 Hourly Duty Location(s): PINEDALE, WY
Work Schedule: Full Time Time Limit: Permanent - No time limit
Notes: This position is guaranteed 13 full time pay periods per year.
The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career-Conditional), and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this Project, interested individuals need not have present or previous status as a Federal employee in order to apply.
DUTIES: Plans and carries out wilderness maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with wilderness management objectives and policies, such as directing an ongoing wilderness management project of limited or seasonal scope. Develops and implements wilderness project work plans. Directs or coordinates maintenance of wilderness areas. Monitors and inspects outsourced operations for compliance with contract provisions. Assists in performing final inspection and writing inspection reports. Conducts Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) studies, interprets findings to make recommendations to wilderness management objectives and policies, and suggests alternative methods for meeting objectives and/or policies.
Defines inventory and monitoring data needed to assess wilderness conditions. Performs inventories and monitoring to determine wilderness resource conditions (wildlife, fish, soil, water, vegetation) and proposes rehabilitation plans. Makes budget requests and adjusts program priorities to reflect actual funds appropriated. Initiates public contacts in the field to enhance user's wilderness experience and protect wilderness resources.
Develops and conducts wilderness education programs at Forest Service offices, trailheads, and in local communities. Maintains records of visitor use levels, and types and patterns of use. Prepares public radio service messages and newspaper articles for public education.
Jointly prepares outfitter/guide camp operation/administration plans with outfitters; inspects outfitter operational areas/camps for wilderness plan/policy compliance; takes necessary follow-up action for items of noncompliance; makes recommendations to immediate supervisor relating to wilderness special use permit administration. Issues notices of field violations when violations of regulations are encountered. Conducts investigations, collects evidence and prepares case reports on violations. Serves as a Forest Protection Officer (FPO). May participate in or conduct search and rescue missions in coordination with County authorities.
Assists in preparation and execution of wilderness management plan based on approved direction in the Land management plans. Prepares the annual wilderness operating plan. Implements the Forest's Fire Management Action Plan for wilderness. Monitors and provides documentation on wilderness prescribed fires. Performs fire suppression using techniques which are "light on the land." Provides information and education on wilderness fire policies to Forest Service personnel and wilderness users.
Serves as a project specialist for trail maintenance ore construction/re-construction projects. This includes condition surveys, developing project plans and cost estimates, and making recommendations for improvements. Will supervise crews involved in trail maintenance, trail and bridge construction/reconstruction, and Wilderness Ranger activities.
Will be responsible for maintenance and care of district pack and saddle stock and for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used in transporting livestock. Provides livestock support for trail crews as necessary including transport of blasting supplies. Provides education in proper livestock minimum impact use techniques, safety procedures, and packing and saddle stock use to backcountry user groups, individuals and other agency personnel. May operate government vehicles on narrow paved and unpaved roads. Performs a variety of technical work in support of the recreation program.
SCREEN OUT FACTORS: Knowledge in proper care and handling of pack and saddle stock. Knowledge of explosives use and an understanding of agency blasting guidelines and procedures. Knowledge of and ability to camp under primitive conditions for extended periods of time in support of wilderness fieldwork and studies.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Grade 5: Qualifying experience for the GS-5 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-4. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements may be met by successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelors' degree or the equivalent. Education must include at least 24 semester/36 quarter 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.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. Grade 6: Qualifying experience for the GS-6 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-06 level may be met by completion of 6 months of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. Grade 7: Qualifying experience for the GS-7 level includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-6. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-07 level may be met by completion of one (1) year of graduate level education in a position-related field of forestry or natural resources management.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS: Please check Job Posting Information, Summary, for the area of consideration (i.e., Who May Apply), and time limit information. Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible.
BASIS OF RATING: Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which their experience and education show possession of the qualifications, knowledges, skills, abilities and/or competencies required. Credit will be given for the percentage of time that applicants have spent on those specialized duties listed. Please provide those percentages when describing your work history if your position or work experience involves mixed duties, i.e., where only a portion of your work experience is relative to the duties of this position. Evaluation will be based upon information submitted in the application package and received or postmarked on or before the applicable closing or cutoff date. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.
To ensure that you receive consideration, an application package submitted by mail must be postmarked by the closing date of the announcement and received within seven (7) working days. Applications submitted through the on-line application process must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the closing date. Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted. Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file an informal complaint of discrimination (EEO), based on your race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability (physical and/or mental), and/or reprisal for participation in an EEO related activity, write USDA, Forest Service, Civil Rights Staff, 201-14th Street, SW, Rm. 4SW-Wing, Washington, DC 20250, or call (202) 205-1585. To file a formal complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-7467 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. Applicants will be required to provide proof prior to appointment to validate their claim for preference. More detailed information is available on the Main Menu screen under the selection entitled, "Veteran Information."
HOW TO APPLY: In order to determine if you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for this position, please submit the following information:
1. Experience/Employment Information: a. Apply On-Line at www.avuedigitalservices.com/usfs/applicant.html. This online application process allows applicants to submit employment information that can be printed for personal use and saved and/or edited on the website for future use. The application process contains all the data elements that are required for resumes submitted for federal employment and may be submitted electronically. OR b. Apply by Scannable Questionnaire: This Questionnaire requires completion of a scannable form. You must request the instructions and form and submit the scannable application form and supporting documentation by mail. A facsimile of the scannable form cannot be accepted.
2. Eligibility Information: One or more of the following documents may be required with your application or prior to appointment, if you are selected, to verify eligibility and basic qualifications. If you are applying on-line and able to scan these documents into your application, you are encouraged to do so. Otherwise, you will be contacted if you need to provide these documents. (1) DD-214/SF-15 to verify veterans preference claim and/or eligibility for VRA or VEOA appointments. (2) Transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of training if education is used to meet basic qualifications requirements. (3) Resume. (4) Notice of Expected Separation or other proof document if requesting priority placement consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). (5) Performance appraisal information for current Federal employees. For applicants applying on-line, enter the summary appraisal on the Additional Information screen. (6) SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action or equivalent document to verify current or former federal employment status.
TO REQUEST A SCANNABLE FORM: Please refer to the contact name and phone number listed in this vacancy announcement. Proficiency in English required. The position requires that the incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
BASIS OF RATING: You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
Soil Conservationist (District Conservationist), Permanent Full-Time
GS-457-9/11 SALARY RANGE: GS-9 $39,690 - $51,599 GS-11 $48,022 - $ 62,429
CLOSING DATE: April 16, 2004
THE DUTY LOCATION AND ORGANIZATION: Pinedale, WY- Pinedale NRCS Field Office
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: WY-4-02B
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT & WORK SCHEDULE: Permanent Full-Time
POSITION TITLE, SERIES AND GRADE: Soil Conservationist (District Conservationist) GS-457-9/11
SALARY RANGE: GS-9 $39,690 - $51,599 GS-11 $48,022 - $ 62,429
OPENING DATE: March 16, 2004
CLOSING DATE: April 16, 2004 APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS (4:30 p.m.) ON: April 16, 2004. If emailing applications please send by 4:00 p.m. MT to insure application are electronically received by the closing time.
THE DUTY LOCATION AND ORGANIZATIONPinedale, WY- Pinedale NRCS Field Office “The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.” (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/).
WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will be accepted from all qualified U. S. citizens. You need not be a current or former Federal employee to apply; however, you must be a U. S. citizen. Status Applicants (Current or former Federal employees) must apply under vacancy announcement number WY-4-02A.) Please read the entire vacancy announcement and follow all application instructions. Failure to submit all required documents will result in your application not being considered. NOTE: To receive preference, eligible veterans claiming 5-Point Preference must submit a copy of their DD-14, all 10-Point Preference Eligibles must submit a completed Standard Form 15 (SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), and a letter from the Veteran’s Administration (VA) dated within the last 12 months outlining the percentage of their service connected disability.
1. Serves as District Conservationist and directs field office operations
2. Provides technical assistance and leadership to individual and groups in the development, application, and maintenance of soil and water conservation plans
3. Provides leadership and technical guidance to the Conservation District staff and Board of District Supervisors.
4. Develops and maintains information activities in order to promote and facilitate the locally led conservation process.
5. Responsible for administrative activities of the field office, including maintenance of records, preparation of reports, and safety and training of field office staff.
6. Promotes coordination and cooperation, and leadership of USDA programs with other federal, state, and local agencies.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: The qualifications for this position are described below and are published in the “Qualification Standards Operating Manual”. See http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index/htm. To be basically qualified for this job, you must have:
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 (upper division 300 level or above courses) in one or more of the disciplines as shown in A above, including at least 12 semester (upper division) 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.
C. -AND- Qualifying Specialized Experience for GS-9: You have been in a Soil Conservationist position at the grade 7 level for at least one year OR you have one year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade 7 level of federal service performing tasks that include applying conventional and established conservation methods and techniques; developing natural resource conservation plans for land owners, conservation groups and units of local government involving a variety of soil patterns and conservation practices such as contours, terraces, tilling, diversions, etc. Developing for publication, news articles, which are straightforward narrations of facts and are uncomplicated descriptions of conservation practices. Scheduling and presenting informational programs on soil and water conservation. Providing limited amounts of training on the installation of common conservation practices.
D. OR Qualifying Specialized Experience for GS-11: You have been in a Soil Conservation position at the grade 9 level for at least one year OR you have one year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade 9 level of federal service performing tasks such as installing resource conservation practices using a variety of techniques: developing, applying and maintaining resource conservation plans for land users and land owners that involve a variety of soil patterns and conservation practices such as grazing management systems, streambank protection, wetland development, animal waste and nutrient management systems. You have also assisted in managing and prioritizing the workload for the office. You have been involved at some levels with progress reporting, Field Office operations, and business plan development as a part of the field office team. Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED (KSAs): KSA Responses are limited to one (2) pages per KSA (anything beyond two pages will not be considered). The following knowledges, skills and abilities (KSAs) are required for this job. For each KSA, you must prepare a two page or less written statement that explains how you meet the specific KSA. Failure to submit a response for each KSA will negatively affect your eligibility and/or rating for this position.
1. ABILITY TO ORGANIZE AND COORDINATE WORKLOAD, SET PRIORITIES, AND ANALYZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF A LOCALLY DEVELOPED PLAN OF OPERATIONS in order to coordinate conservation activities within the field office.
2. SKILL IN NATURAL RESOURCE PLANNING AND THE APPLICATION OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS in order to promote sound conservation treatment on rangeland, cropland, irrigated land, wildlife land, wetland and animal waste issues.
3. KNOWLEDEGE OF NRCS PROGRAMS AND POLICIES in order to support and coordinate all program activities within the field office boundaries.
4. ABILITY TO WORK WITH CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, RESOURCE TEAMS, AND OTHER GROUPS to coordinate and provide leadership of conservation initiatives in order facilitate the locally led conservation process.
5. SKILL IN DIRECTING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE FIELD OFFICE in order to assure the NRCS records management system is correctly implemented. This includes records and reports, maintenance of case files, computer-tracking system, personnel and training files, and overall program coordination. NOTE: Please respond only to the KSA’s that are listed.
BASIS OF RATING: Your rating will be based on an evaluation of your experience as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) listed. You should provide detailed evidence of your possession of the KSA's in your application as well as in your KSA responses with clear concise examples that include level of accomplishment, and degree of responsibility. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.
PAY, BENEFITS, AND WORK SCHEDULE: This is a permanent, career-conditional appointment. Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual leave (vacation), sick leave and will be covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System, Thrift Savings Plan or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The work schedule is full time (40 hours per week). All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. Your pay grade and step will be set in accordance with Federal pay regulations.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If you are selected for this position you will be required to: • complete a one year probationary period, and • complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment, authorize a background investigation, and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application (or resume). A background security investigation will be required for all new appointments. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. If you are a male over age l8 who was born after December 3l, l959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job. You must be a United States Citizen or National (resident of American Samoa and Swains Island) to be considered for this job. Your Social Security Number is requested to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. Failure to provide your SSN in your application package will result in your application not being processed. You will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement, Form 450, within 30 days of your entry on duty and annually thereafter.
OTHER INFORMATION: If you make a false statement in any part of your application (or resume), you may not be hired, or you may be removed after being hired. You will be contacted regarding the status of your application. Selections normally take approximately eight weeks after the closing date of the announcement. Information on Special Hiring Authorities Are you: • a 30% compensably disabled Veteran (http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.htm), • a VRA eligible (http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.htm), • a person with a severe physical handicap (http://www.opm.gov/disability/), or • a former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteer? If so, we may be able to consider you under a special hiring authority. You must tell us in your application under which of these special hiring authorities you wish to be considered. If you want to be considered under a special hiring authority as well as the regular competitive process, you must submit two complete applications and request the dual consideration. When only one application is received from a special hiring authority eligible, it will be considered under the appropriate special hiring authority only. You must submit proof of your eligibility with your application or you will not be considered under a special hiring authority. The VRA hiring authority is limited to positions at the GS-11 level and below. Information on Veterans’ Preference (http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.htm) If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference. What types of preference are there? • 5-point preference is granted if you entered the military service prior to October l4, l976, or if your service began after October l5, l976, and you received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. You must submit a copy of your DD-2l4 with your application package, by the closing date of the announcement, or you will not receive 5- point preference. • l0-point preference is granted if you are a disabled Veteran; you received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a l00% disabled Veteran; or you are the unremarried widow (or widower) or the mother of a deceased Veteran. You must submit, with your application package by the closing date of the announcement, a copy of your DD-214, SF-l5 Application for l0-point Veterans’ Preference, plus the required proof of eligibility as indicated on the back of that form or you will not receive 10-point preference. Information on ICTAP/CTAP- Individuals who have special priority selection eligibility under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See Basis for Rating for definition of "well qualified". Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 30.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes proof of eligibility, 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. NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications submitted by facsimile or other electronic means will be accepted. Fax# 307-233-6783 or email email@example.com. You will be notified after the closing date if you application was received. Submit your application package directly to the Human Resources Office by close of business (4:30 p.m.MT) on the closing date. Late applications or failure to submit all the required documents and information as requested will result in your application not being considered. There will be no exceptions. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO: Natural Resources Conservation Service 100 East B Street, Room 3124 Casper, WY 82601 Attn: Human Resources
CONTACT PERSON FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Name: Susan Jones Phone: (307) 233-6788
Items 1 through 3 are required documents that must be submitted by every applicant:
1. An OF-612 Application for Federal Employment, resume, or any other form of application. You do not need to send both an OF-612 and a resume. If you use a resume, it must include all of the information listed below under “Required Information on Resume”. If your application or resume does not include the required information, you may lose consideration for the job. OF-6l2 forms may be obtained on the Internet at www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.htm, or by calling the number listed under ‘Contact’.
2. A separate, written response to each of the knowledges, skills, and abilities listed in this vacancy announcement. Do not submit more than 2 pages per KSA response. Responses to generic KSAs are not acceptable. See "Basis of Rating" for more details. Failure to submit KSA responses as specifically instructed may negatively impact your rating.
3. A legible copy of all college transcripts. If the qualification standard for this position has specific educational requirements or permits the substitution of education for experience (see the section entitled “Qualifications Required”) and you wish to qualify based on this substitution, you must submit a legible copy of your transcript(s) for your undergraduate and graduate education. It is your responsibility to demonstrate that you possess the required education. See “Qualifications Required”. In addition, the following documentation must be submitted if applicable:
4. Documentation verifying Veterans status or Special Hiring Authority eligibility. See “Other Information” for details.
5. Documentation verifying ICTAP/CTAP eligibility. See “Other Information” for details.
What other important things do you need to know about submitting a successful application package?
1. Do not send position descriptions, manuscripts, personal endorsements, training certificates, publications, work samples, or any other unsolicited material. They will be discarded. References to these items may be made in your application, resume, or KSA responses.
2. Do not submit your application materials in a notebook, binder, or other cumbersome covering. It will be discarded. Cover letters are acceptable.
3. You cannot use postage-paid government envelopes, messenger envelopes, federal stamps, and federal postage meters to file your applications. It is a violation of USDA regulations. Applications received directly or indirectly through these means will not be considered.
4. Application packages will not be returned to you.
5. If you wish to have education acquired outside the United States credited for the educational requirements of this position, you must prove that it has been evaluated as equivalent to the education gained in accredited United States colleges and universities. Submit documentation of your education to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials for a determination. The Council on Postsecondary Accreditation may be of assistance in providing information on these organizations (www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/accreditation/accredus.html). The processing of this vacancy announcement will not be delayed pending receipt of your evaluation materials.
6. A professional application gives a positive impression to hiring managers. It is recommended that you make the effort to assure your application is neat, legible, error free, easy to read, and concise.
INFORMATION THAT IS REQUIRED IN A FEDERAL RESUME: If you prepare a resume, be sure you provide all of the information listed below. This is the same information that is identified on the OF-612 application form, which can be found at www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.htm. You don’t need to send both an OF-612 application form and a resume. Tell us what job you are applying for, i.e. - The announcement number, title and grade. Provide all of the following. - Full name, mailing address and day/evening telephone numbers - Social Security Number. - Country of Citizenship. - Highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade. Education: - High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED. - Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code - Major field(s) of study. - Type and year of degree(s) received. Work experience related to the job for which you are applying: - Job title. - Duties and accomplishments. - Number of hours per week. - Employers name and address. - Supervisor's name and phone number. - Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year). - Salary. - Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted. Other Qualifications: - Job-related training courses (title and year). - Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.) - Job-related certificates and licenses. - Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested. Veterans Preference: - Indicate if you are claiming 5 points (attach DD 214) or 10 points (attach an Application for 10 Point Veterans’ Preference (SF-15) and proof required as indicated on the SF-15.) USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Not all prohibited basis apply to all programs. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D. C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).