Supervisory Soil Scientist

Natural Resources Conservation Service | Mill Hall, PA

Posted Date 6/29/2020
Description This position is located in a designated Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Survey Office (SSO).

The employee serves as a Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) Soil Survey Leader for all or assigned portions of MLRAs.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-09 grade level for consideration for the GS-11 grade level and one year at the GS-11 grade level for consideration for the GS-12 grade level.)

Basic Education Requirement:
Degree: 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 in A above, plus appropriate or additional education.

In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualifications Requirement in order to be considered:

Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-11 level: Applicants must have at least one (1) or more years of specialized experience to the GS-09 level or higher in the federal service which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.Example of this experience include evaluating soil survey areas including time, workload, budget and other resources; providing training to staff and other users of soil survey data; preparing briefing reports, publications, and articles of survey findings for management, and; maintaining, interpreting and distributing soil survey and ecological site information as well as providing direct support as a resource soil scientist to field offices for technical soil services; processing Farm Bill program assessments and working collaboratively with Soil Survey Offices.

Substitution of education for the GS-11 level: Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.M, if related to the work of the position.

Combination of education and experience: A combination of graduate-level education (less than 3 years) and experience (less than one year) 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 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.

To qualify for the GS-12 level: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or higher in the federal service which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.Examples of this experience include providing direct support as a soil scientist to field offices for technical soil services; processing Farm Bill program assessments, and working collaboratively with Soil Survey offices. Maintenance, interpretation, and distribution of soil survey information; conducting information and education activities to soils survey; and providing training to NRCS employees and other technical specialists.

Note: There is no education substitution for the GS-12 level.

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=List-by-Occupational-SeriesExperience 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.

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