Agricultural Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Jun 09, 2023
Closes
Jun 16, 2023
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • Uses standard software and statistical methods/techniques to conduct economic analyses.
  • Assembles and manages appropriate data, developing tables, charts and graphics in the assigned area work.
  • Gathers and organizes data in a timely manner under limited direction.
  • Receives guidance in drafting written documents such as newsletters, reports and/or articles and drafts are reviewed by senior staff.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/


Qualifications

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS**
  • This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill vacancies as openings occur.
  • To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s). An initial cut-off will take place Wednesday, November 30, 2022 to begin initial applicant consideration. Additional cut-off dates will occur Wednesday, December 28, 2022; Wednesday, January 25, 2023; Wednesday, February 22, 2023; Wednesday, March 22, 2023; Wednesday, April 19, 2023; Wednesday, May 17, 2023; Wednesday, June 14, 2023; Wednesday, July 12, 2023; Wednesday, August 9, 2023; Wednesday, September 6, 2023; and Friday, September 29, 2023.
  • Candidates for the position who submit a completed application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the cut off dates, will be reviewed and referred if found eligible and qualified. This announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated; however, those who apply after the cut-off date will be considered for referral to the hiring manager only if additional vacancies occur and/or the initial referral list is exhausted.
  • Applicants must recertify (i.e. update/resubmit their application through USAJobs) every 3 months from the date of application/certification to continue to receive consideration for the position(s). Applicants who fail to do so will not be reviewed and referred and be dropped from consideration.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date ( by cut-off dates ) of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic Requirements :
1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
OR
2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

AND

In addition to the Basic Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience below:

Specialized Experience : Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

FOR THE GS-11 :
Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting economic analysis using automation software and statistical methods; compiling and maintaining data sets used for market analysis; and preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, natural resources, or rural development.
OR
Successful completion of 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; if related. Related degrees may include economics, agriculture, statistics, environmental science, nutrition if related to economic research.
OR
A combination of Ph.D level education and experience as described above.

FOR THE GS-12 :
Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting economic research and analyses and recommending data collection methods to be used; preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, nutrition, natural resources or rural development; and participating in the presentation or publication of results of economic analysis.

FOR THE GS-13 :
Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience planning economic research and analyses and developing the data collection methods to be used; preparing analytical reports on economic studies relevant to agriculture, food, nutrition, natural resources or rural development; and presenting results of economic analysis through presentations and publications.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

**This Position is being filled through OPM's government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Your application will be evaluated for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience and/or education meet the minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and other basic requirements will be referred and are eligible for selection. **

Education

Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

Additional information

This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. The selectee is not required to report to a government office, however, the option to work in one of the Agency offices may be available.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified based on an evaluation of the following competencies: Communication, Data Management, and Economics.

To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of Agriculture. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Selections made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would therefore be given a new appointment to the civil service.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This position is designated to be a part of the bargaining unit and therefore is represented by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).