New job Physical Science Technician in North Dakota

Physical Science Technician

Company : US Department of Agriculture
Salary : $43,683 - $53,433 a year
Location : North Dakota

Full Description

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Northern Region, Region 1, Dakota Prairie Grasslands, Medora Ranger District, with a duty location of Dickinson, North Dakota.

This position is being advertised at the GS-7, GS-8, and GS-9 grade levels only with promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jason Dekker at 701-227-7821, jason.dekker@usda.gov.

Responsibilities

  • Duties listed are at the full performance level.
  • Serve as a Physical Science Technician, assisting in the administration and compliance of federal and private mineral operations in the National Forest system.
  • Recommend and implement corrective actions.
  • Coordinate with internal and external specialists and industry representatives as needed.
  • Prepare written correspondence and reports to document agency decisions and findings.
  • Evaluate lease packages, operating plans, applications, and permits.
  • Serve as a liaison to both internal and external programs, project customers, and professional personnel.
  • Research legal documents such as deeds, leases, contracts, and titles to determine ownership, rights, and claims.
  • Conduct regular and independent field inspections of mineral operations to determine compliance with terms of use authorization.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required for site visits, meetings, and training, including occasional overnight travel.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

  • Job family (Series)

    1311 Physical Science Technician

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • 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.

    Qualifications

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements.

    Specialized Experience Requirement:

    For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6). Examples of specialized experience include:
    • Assisted in field work related to oil and mineral projects; and/or
    • Provided technical assistance to project lead and/or supervisor to ensure mining operations are carried out in accordance with approved operating plans and reports, documents, and files findings of inspections.
    For the GS-8 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7). Examples of specialized experience include:
    • Performed field work related to oil, gas, and mineral projects;
    • Used manuals and automated guidelines to provide technical consultation in oil, gas, and minerals fields;
    • Produced or interpreted maps and data to complete minerals projects; and/or
    • Provided input to interdisciplinary teams on minerals or pipelines projects.
    For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-8). Examples of specialized experience include:
    • Applied knowledge and experience in oil, gas, and minerals in compiling and developing standardized guides and references;
    • Used technical knowledge to modify technical guides to accomplish assigned processes in the oil, gas, and minerals field; and/or
    • Provided technical consultation in the oil, gas, and minerals field.
    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.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

    This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 21-R1SVMAR-11084023-G-AG. Current or former Federal employees or other eligible applicants may apply to both announcements to expand all possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.

    Government housing may be available.


    This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    Relocation or recruitment incentives may be available. Final determination will be made at the time of job offer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications.

    You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. You will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Individuals with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11084024

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

    If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

    If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

    Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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