Soil Conservationist (Direct Hire)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

About the organization

Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose focus 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 we all enjoy the benefits from a healthy environment.

Duties

Summary

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/

Responsibilities

Assists in gathering and assembling preliminary data for all resource concerns for use in developing complete basic farm conservation plans.

Understands all applicable NRCS and Farm Bill programs available to address resource concerns and explains cost share programs and payment procedures to applicants and contract holders.

Carries out a follow-up schedule for applying soil conservation practices in accordance with plan and contract schedules.

With supervision, utilizes most current technology programs in the documentation and management of conservation plans and technical assistance by the service center.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Qualifications

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/.

Must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator's license for the type of vehicle(s) operated to perform the duties of this position.

Incumbent is required to obtain Conservation Planning Level certification.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Salary

$33,949 to $66,868 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

See application for additional requirements. Application documents must be submitted as required per Job Opportunity Announcement NRCS-20-10675178-DHA-ND-OG at https://www.usajobs.gov

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