COUNTY OPERATIONS TRAINEE

Farm Service Agency | Harrisburg, PA

Posted Date 7/31/2020
Description THE POSITION LOCATION WILL BE DETERMINED UPON SELECTION OF THE CANDIDATE

This is a twelve-month training program that may require travel throughout the state of PENNSYLVANIA. Depending upon agency needs, candidates will be expected to relocate within the state when the training program is complete. Selected applicant may qualify for locality pay.Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.

Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date in the announcement, including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below:

You may start at the CO-05 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
  • Four-year degree in an accredited business, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite: OR
  • One year of specialized experience, equivalent to CO-4 or GS-4, applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to any farm or agricultural program. OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above. Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position.
You may start at the CO-07 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
  • Four-year degree in an accredited business, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale: OR
  • One year specialized experience equivalent to grade CO-6 or GS-6 applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to independently perform a full range of farm program processes. Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above.
At CO-09, applicants must meet one of the following criteria in order to qualify for this position:
  • A Masters or equivalent graduate degree or two full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree from an accredited college or university: OR
  • One year *--specialized experience equivalent to grade CO-7 or GS-7 or be equivalent to grade CO-9 or GS-9 or above applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to independently perform a full range of farm program processes. Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties, and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. Experience in providing program interpretation, and instruction for an agriculture program area or operational phases of farm loan programs. Such work experience included acquiring data and providing information to producers, farm loan borrowers and farming operations; writing summary reports; assisting staff with policy guidance; arranging and scheduling activities of subordinates to complete technical/clerical review: OR
  • A combination of education and experience as listed above.
*--Examples of Specialized Experience would be experience in an FSA Supervisory position, COT position, or PT-in-Charge position within the last 5 years for a total of at least 52 weeks.

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