Agriculturist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Apr 23, 2019
Closes
Apr 23, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic travel to conferences, meetings or other work sites is expected.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • 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/
  • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: Basic Requirements for 0401 Series GS-11/12:

    FOR THE GS-11/12 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for this grade level.
    • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    OR

    • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

    FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-9 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates the following capabilities:
    • Identifies plant diseases and plant pests as evidenced by academic training and experience in one or more of the biological sciences and/or applied plant pathology or entomology.
    • Applies knowledge of regulatory requirements for the domestic and international movement of plants, plant products, pests, and soil.
    • Applies knowledge of risk management practices to reduce plant pest risk for the international movement of plants, plant products, and plant pests.
    • Communicate effectively and tactfully, orally and in writing, to a diverse audience.
    OR Completion of a Ph.D. or 3 years of graduate-level education leading to a doctoral degree in the fields of biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines.

    OR Equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates the capability to:
    • Applies knowledge of agricultural quarantine regulatory requirements for the domestic and international movement and importation of plants, plant products, pests, and soil.
    • Uses scientific principles and methodology, qualitative/quantitative analysis, and statistics to assess and recommend treatments and other management of plant pest risk associated with importing/exporting plants, plant products, and plant pests.
    • Assists in providing knowledge to analyze critical issues involving rapid technological changes in the broad spectrum of agriculture and plant health programs.
    • Communicates effectively and tactfully, orally and in writing, to a diverse audience, including senior level managers, federal and industry partners, stakeholders, and customers.
    Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.

    TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
    • This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
    • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
    • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
    • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university
    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Professional and Scientific Positions

    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.

    Please see above for education qualification requirement information.

    • 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 (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    • First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
    • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
    • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any specialized experience and/or selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, your application is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.


    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    To preview the application questionnaire, please visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10471568

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    Drug test required No


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