Soil Scientist

Employer
US Department of Agriculture
Location
Richwood, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 28, 2021
Closes
May 11, 2021
Ref
1959066803
Discipline
Land Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary


    Duties

    Summary
    This position is located on the Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District in Richwood, WV.
    The incumbent serves as a fully operating professional soil scientist.
    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Richard Raione at richard.raione@usda.gov.

    Responsibilities
    • Provide input to natural resource projects on the effects of active forest management on the soil with best management practices in place.
    • Collect and analyze soil information and prepare interpretive material for input into land management plans.
    • Conduct field reconnaissance to prepare detailed soil surveys including field examination, description, classification, and mapping of soils.
    • Participate on interdisciplinary teams to provide the documentation necessary to analyze impacts to soils and develop measures to maintain soil quality.
    • Coordinate with other resource areas such as fire, wildlife, hydrology, silviculture, and vegetation to develop forest management proposals and long term monitoring.
    • Manage soils projects, including evaluating, developing, implementing, and monitoring projects.
    • Write briefings related to land management recommendations to inform decision makers of progress in the field or results from data collected.
    • Prepare soil survey reports, restoration and improvement plans and other special project reports used to develop land management plans.
    • Examine data and compile reports to support implementation plans for state, local and federal environmental protection programs.
    • Participate in applying Geographic Information System (GIS) to address mission critical resource management issues.
    • Use established protocols to manipulate and analyze geospatial data to support resource management decisions.
    • Present cartographic materials to aid in preparation of environmental assessments and other natural resource projects.
    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Occasional travel for site visits, meetings, and/or training may be required.
    Supervisory status
    No
    Promotion Potential
    None
    Job family (Series)
    0470 Soil Science
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    Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or 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.
    • 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.gov
    Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.
    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
    Basic Requirement:
    GS-0470:
    Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.
    OR
    Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.
    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For the GS-09 grade level: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Examples of work experience that meet this requirement include but are not limited to: Collected, analyzed, and interpreted soils data for input into environmental reports or in support of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects; Participated as a member of an interdisciplinary team for natural resource/land management planning; Conducted field reconnaissance to prepare detailed soil surveys including field examination, description, classification, and mapping of soils; Managed soils projects, to include evaluating, developing, implementing, and monitoring projects.
    OR
    a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;
    OR
    an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
    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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Education
    See qualification section.
    Additional information
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): 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.
    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status such as leave without pay is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.
    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
    This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining (or Demo) Number 21-R9SVOCT-0921-736955DP-JL. This announcement is open to all qualified candidates and will be advertised 1/27/2021 and close 2/1/2021. Applying to both announcements may expand the possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information.
    Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of job offer.
    This is a bargaining unit designated position.
    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
    Government Housing is not available
    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Cartography
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Soil Science
    • Writing

    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.
    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. 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.
    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11014202

    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Not Required
    Drug test required
    No
    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
    Trust determination process
    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.


    Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

    Help This job is open to
    • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
      Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
    • Federal employees - Competitive service
      Current or former competitive service federal employees.
    • Land & base management
      Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
    • Special authorities
      Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
    • Veterans

    Clarification from the agency

    Current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibles, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles.