Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs SOIL CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN in Wagner, South Dakota
Summary RE-ADVERTISEMENT: APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT STIMP-21-11068647-CAWY-SR MUST RE-APPLY IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent - Yankton Agency, Natural Resources, in Wagner, South Dakota. NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. Responsibilities Provides technical support for Soil and Moisture conservation programs on land that often has numerous heirs and is characterized by unusual environmental conditions. Attends formal conservation meetings at the local level to provide and/or gather technical information on application schedules, new programs and changes in any conservation techniques that may be taking place. Assist in developing lease stipulations for agricultural leases to ensure maximum income is achieved for the landowner while protecting and improving the land resource. Responsible for conducting and reporting on field inspections to ensure compliance with the Plan of Conservation Operations. Develops conservation plans for Allotments involving familiar agricultural objectives and treatments. Advises landowners and land users on practices that may be involved in the conservation plan that may include cross fencing, stock water development, critical area planning conservation cropping systems, shelter belts and weed and rodent control. Inspects and certifies construction of practices to verify compliance with design and specifications. Provides information on agricultural assistance available to implement conservation measures. Provides land descriptions for tribal members whom seek homesite and/or residential leases. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0458: Soil Conservation Technician Series). For more information visit the following websites: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/soil-conservation-technician-series-0458/ and http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-TECH INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0458 SERIES: GS-7: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation measures or range management activities necessary in securing proper land use and development. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land OR EDUCATION: One (1) full year of directly related graduate education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent). GS-6: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation measures or range management activities necessary in securing proper land use and development. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land. GS-5: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service assisting in soil conservation or range activities. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Installing and maintaining conservation measures on public or privately owned land including parks, shoreline, refuse waste sites, dams and reservoir areas, water and sewer sites, road embankments, forests, and wildlife habitats; and Installing and maintaining soil and water conservation measures on farms, ranches, or agricultural land OR EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester 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. GRADUATE EDUCATION: Graduate education must be related to the occupation and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. 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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date. Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472). Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur in the same location within 90 days from the closing date. Education If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION Additional Information All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2021 Salary Tables here and select the duty station from the Wagner, South Dakota to choose the appropriate pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. The full performance level of this position is GS-7. Promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed. TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 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. Most 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.