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- Utilizes soil-landscape relationships to systematically map and
describe the way soils occur in the landscape.
- Identifies and acquires the appropriate spatial data layers
necessary to create and maintain a digitally-based soils map.
- Determines and applies principles, practices, and methods to
apply plant species identification and the use of plants as
indicators of soil type, ecological sites, and soil-site and
- Assists Soil Scientist and/or the MLRA Soil Survey Leader to
document soil-plant relationships, collect production estimates for
crops, trees and grasses and develop/gather other information for
ecological site descriptions.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0470 Soil Science
- Plant Scientists
- Scientists, Plant
- Scientists, Soil
- Soil And Plant Scientists
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.
- Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint
- Successful completion of one-year trial period.
- 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 https://www.e-verify.gov/.
- Signed participant agreement is required for employment under
- This position requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a
valid state driver's license.
- Duty Location may change based upon training needs or upon
conversion to competitive service.
(NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts. Failure to
submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.)
For the GS-05 level: 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 above, plus appropriate experience or additional
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants
must meet the following Minimum Qualification requirement to be
considered for the following grade levels:
For the GS-07 grade level:
- Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-07 grade level,
you must possess at least one year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-05 level or higher in the Federal service (or
private sector equivalent).
Examples of specialized experience include applying routine
principles, concepts and methodology associated with soil science,
gaining practical experience working directly with other soil
- OR Superior academic achievement in a bachelor's degree a
curriculum directly related to the work of the position. To qualify
for superior academic achievement, you must have ONE of the
following: (1) standing in the upper third of your college class or
major subdivision at the time you apply; (2) grade point average of
B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed,
either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the last 2
years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale)
or its equivalent for all courses completed in a related
discipline, either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the
last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum; OR (4) election to
membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies
that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor
- OR Education Substitution: (1) one year of graduate-level
education in soil science or a directly related discipline;
- OR Possess a combination of graduate-level education and
experience, 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 at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications
For the GS-09 grade level
- Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09 grade level,
you must possess at least one year specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in the Federal service (or
private sector equivalent). For this position, examples of
specialized experience include advanced-trainee level experience
- conducting standard soil resource inventories and watershed
restoration needs inventories;
- collecting soil samples for laboratory analysis to determine
physical, chemical, an morphological characteristics;
- classifying soil properties according to appropriate
assisting in writing watershed restoration plans, erosion
control plans, soil resources improvement plans, soil management
reports, soil survey reports;
- OR Education Substitution: 2 or more years of progressively
higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or
equivalent graduate degree in soil science or a directly related
- OR Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of
graduate-level education and experience, 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 at least 100% as outlined in
OPM Qualifications policy.
Experience Note: 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.
You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of
college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades
received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of
education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course
is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research,
thesis, obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit an
official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the
university/college for that particular course to ensure you are
properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations
are based solely on the information submitted for each particular
vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every
vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for
rating. If you have not yet conferred your degree or certificate,
but will within 180 days of the closing date of this announcement,
a letter from the school documenting current standing, degree being
obtained and expected graduation date must be submitted with your
application. All required information must be received by the
closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all
required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcript will
be required prior to entering on duty. This information must be
received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission
of these documents will result in non-consideration.
If you have not yet conferred your degree or certificate, but
will within 180 days of the closing date of this announcement, a
letter from the school documenting current standing, degree being
obtained and expected graduation date must be submitted with your
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to
be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore,
only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education. Applicants can verify accreditation via this link. All
education claimed by applicants will be verified accordingly.
Important: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency
with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Click on this link for more information.