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Natural Resources Specialist (Direct Hire Authority)

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Riverton, WY, United States
Employer Description
Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to "help people help the land?" The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), works in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. As part of USDA's new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, NRCS has 3,000 locations and covers every county in the U.S. We help stewards of agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands to plan and implement proven conservation systems through technical and financial assistance designed to enhance productivity, improve soil and water health, and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat. We need people who are committed to action through public service-- people who help ensure that all of us enjoy the benefits that come from a healthy environment and productive agriculture. Please consider joining us and helping to make a difference for generations to come.
Job Description
This vacancy will be filled using the Office of Personnel Management's Direct-Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/direct-hire-authority/
Job Requirements
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 Education Requirement:

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 in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Note: For a degree in a related discipline to be acceptable for consideration, it must include 24 semester hours in subject areas described above. In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualifications Requirement in order to be considered: GS-0401-05

To Qualify for the GS-05 level, Applicants must meet the basic requirements. GS-0401-07

Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-07 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include experience that has equipped you with the necessary competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting scientific studies of land management and natural resources program including 1.) Conducting studies using fact-finding and evaluation techniques; 2.) Analyzing data associated with environmental studies. Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: 1 year of graduate-level education related to this position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above (the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify). OR Superior Academic Achievement in a bachelor's degree curriculum directly related to the work of the position. To qualify for superior academic achievement, you must have ONE of the following:

1. Standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision at the time you apply;

2. Grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed, either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum;

3. B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a related discipline, either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum; OR

4. Election to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Society; GS-0401-09

Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include experience that has equipped you with the necessary competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting scientific studies of land management and natural resources program including 1.) Conducting studies using fact-finding and evaluation techniques; 2.) Analyzing data associated with environmental studies; AND 3.) Develops informational/educational programs, flyers, or handouts to inform the general public on conservation efforts of an organization. Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience: Possess two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF 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.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/554371300

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
16 December 2019
CLOSES
15 July 2020
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
33949 – 66868
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Biology