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					Natural Resources Conservation Service 9173 W. Barnes Drive, Ste. C America’s Conservation Agency Boise, ID 83709 Phone: 208-378-5700 Fax: 208-378-5735 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Recruiting for qualified applicants for the Federal Career Intern Program (As of December 2007) This solicitation is to recruit for position(s) under the Federal Career Intern Program in the field of Rangeland Management. Applications will be continually accepted and remain active for 60 days from receipt. You must reapply or request an extension in order to be considered after the 60 day period. Rangeland Management Specialist, GS-0454-5/7/9 Position(s) located: Throughout Idaho US Citizenship is required Rangeland Management, GS-454-5/7/9 This is a full-time position. Annual Salary – please see the federal salary charts located at
http://www.opm.gov/oca/07tables/html/gs.asp

Position(s) located: Throughout Idaho US Citizenship is required A valid state driver’s license is required Position offers: Opportunity for Career Progression and On the Job and Formal training Individuals selected under this announcement are appointed to a 2-year internship. Upon successful completion of that internship, the intern may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to career-conditional or career appointment. This is an Excepted Service Appointment not to exceed 2 years. There is no guarantee of a permanent appointment with the federal service upon completion of the program. The employee in this position serves as a Rangeland Management Specialist Intern in the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The position is located in Idaho at an office to be determined at time of selection. Appointee must sign a mobility agreement and may be relocated while in the program and/or upon conversion. Developmental assignments are provided in order for the selected individual to learn the principles, procedures and techniques of the NRCS, Rangeland Management occupation.

The duties and responsibilities may include: • Provides conservation planning assistance on grazing lands • Assists with the conservation planning workload and provides technical assistance to individuals and groups of landowners/operators in the planning, application, and maintenance of progressive and Resource Management System (RMS) plans Performs ranch and farm planning of ordinary complexities involving a wide variety and diversity of ecological sites, soils, and technical problems Assists land users in utilizing and applying cost share programs such as EQIP, WHIP, CRP, GRP, WRP and other state and federal programs to implement their conservation plans Assists landowners in applying conservation practices and systems including determining needs and feasibilities, design and installation Assists District Conservationist in work relations with other federal agencies, grazing associations, and individuals in development and maintenance of the grazing lands portion of the field office program

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Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements for the GS-454 series as set forth in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which can be found on at the following link: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ Basic Requirements: Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: Range Management--At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning. Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences--At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, include at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable. Related Resource Management Studies--At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. OR Combination of education and experience--at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You must meet the basic education requirements listed above to qualify for the position at the GS-5 level. To qualify at a higher level you must meet the basic education requirements and the following: At the GS-7 level – Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-5 level would involve the application of principles, concepts and methodology associated with rangeland management involving surveys, evaluation, planning and implementation of conservation measures. The supervisor would provide individual assignments by indicating what is to be done, limitation, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priorities. Assignments are carried out with specific instructions any deviations and/or problems are referred to the supervisor. The work involved using specific rules, regulations and procedures to facilitate the work of others. OR Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) This provision is applicable to persons who have completed, all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the related fields as listed above and meets the requirements under SAA listed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp At the GS-9 level – Applicant must have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07. Specialized experience is one year of professional work experience which included working with landowners and operators individually and in groups in developing complete conservation plans; assisting land users with application and follow-up needed to implement conservation measures; experience in rangeland and grazing land monitoring techniques; experience in performing range inventory and rangeland plant identification. Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience. To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities. Management reserves the right to select and place individuals at any grade level at which they qualify. To apply, please complete and submit a career intern application (attached), submit a resume and a copy of your college transcripts. Applications may be mailed or faxed to: USDA, NRCS 9173 W. Barnes Drive, Ste. C Boise, ID 83709 Attn: Sue Ellis Or FAX (208)378-5735 Attn: Sue Ellis

Questions regarding this announcement can be sent to: sue.ellis@id.usda.gov Management reserves the right to select and place individuals at any grade level at which they qualify. To apply, the following documents must be submitted 1.) Career Intern Application (attached) 2.) Resume or OF-612 3.) Copy of your college transcripts (unofficial or official) 4.) Veteran’s preference documentation, if applicable The OF-612 can be found at following site: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf For questions regarding veteran’s preference, federal benefits including pay and leave please go to http://www.opm.gov/quickindex.asp Applications may be mailed or faxed to: USDA, NRCS 9173 W. Barnes Drive, Ste. C Boise, ID 83709 Attn: Sue Ellis Or FAX (208)378-5735 Attn: Sue Ellis Questions regarding this announcement can be sent to: Sue.ellis@id.usdsa.gov

Career Intern Application - U.S. Department of Agriculture Career Intern Program Career Field _______________________________________________________ Name (last, first, middle) _____________________________________________ Social Security No. _____________ Mailing Address: _______________________ City ________________________________ State _________ Zip Code Phone _____________________________________________________ E-mail ______________________________ U.S. Citizen yes no Veterans Preference none 5-point 10-point disability 10-point compensable 10-point other 10-point compensable/30 percent (Attach DD214, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference (SF15), or Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs documentation as appropriate.) Birth Date ___________________________ Birthplace _________________________ (month, day, year) (city and state or county) School ______________________________________________ Grade Point Average Date of Graduation ______________ Major/Graduate Program Community Service___________________________________________________________________ Awards___________________________________________________________________ Leadership Examples__________________________________________________________________

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information I have provided in this application is made in good faith. I consent to the release of information from schools, employers, and other individuals and organizations about my ability and fitness for Federal employment. SIGNATURE_____________________________________________ DATE _____________

Attach a Resume or OF-612, transcripts and documentation for Veteran’s preference (if applicable) to this application. Application package may be mailed or faxed to: USDA, NRCS 5173 W. Barnes Drive, Ste. C Boise, ID 83709 Attn: Sue Ellis Or FAX (208)378-5735 Attn: Sue Ellis


				
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