US Department of Agriculture Jobs 2021 - US Department of Agriculture present an opportunity to fill Plant Pathologist that will be placed in Boise.
These positions are located in the Intermountain/Northern Regions, State & Private Forestry in Boise, ID and Missoula, MT. Incumbent is a member of a field team that provides technical advice, assistance, and guidance on forest health issues to Federal, State, private and tribal land managers. Incumbent performs a variety of professional plant pathology tasks.
Coordinates and implements all aspects of a complex major forest pathogen detection, evaluation, prevention, and control program for such diseases as dwarf mistletoe, white pine blister rusts, and other western forest diseases.
Exercises scientific judgment to conceive and conduct evaluations, collaborating with research, to gain additional knowledge concerning disease biology, ecological relationships, parasitic effects, survey methodology, or new control techniques.
Implements technology transfer plans in order to make information available to specialists and resource managers.
Prepares plans designed to meet technical objectives and collects field data.
Processes and analyzes data, consults with other professionals, evaluates the results, and makes recommendations.
Prepares technical reports and manuscripts.
Provides site-specific, technical assistance concerning forest diseases to land managers, and documents this assistance in written guidelines which are incorporated into various resource project plans.
Develops these management guidelines by identifying significant pathogens, determining the present amount of damage caused by the organisms, and exercising judgment in evaluating the actual or potential seriousness of the infestation.
Where reduction of pathogen effects is desirable, develops current, effective, environmentally safe, and economically sound disease management alternatives which are consistent with specific land management objectives
Organizes, plans, and conducts forest pathology related training programs, presentations, or seminars, for various Federal, State, and private individuals.
Duties listed are at the full performance level.
50% or lessExtensive travel is required approximately 50% of the time for site visits, working with resource managers, training, and attending meetings. During the field season, travel is required up to three weeks per month.
Job family (Series)
0434 Plant Pathology
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.
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. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
Basic Requirement for the 0434 series:
Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.
Graduate Education: must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls. Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.
Evaluation of Education: courses in botany, plant physiology, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, agronomy, forestry, horticulture, or similar subjects may be used to meet the 20-semester-hour requirement in basic botany or plant science. To meet the specific 10-semester-hour requirement in plant pathology, the courses must have been in plant pathology, or have dealt with specific subject matter areas of plant pathology such as those concerned with viruses, fungal or bacterial diseases, host-plant relationships, biotic or chemical controls, environmental or physiological diseases, parasitic diseases, etc.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.
For the GS09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least x of the following:
Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least 3 of the 4 specialized experience examples. Examples of specialized experience are: Assisting in conducting evaluation surveys to determine the status of forest pathogens; Assisting with analysis of plant pathogen data and preparation of initial reports; Assisting with participation in forest disease prevention and/or suppression projects; or Assisting in conducting training in the identification and management of harmful forest pathogens.
For the GS11: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least x of the following:
Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least 3 of the 5 specialized experience examples. Examples of specialized experience are: Wrote or reviewed management guidelines or recommendations for forest pathogens; Conducting evaluation surveys to determine the status of forest pathogens; Analyzing plant pathogen data and preparing initial reports; Participating in forest disease prevention and/or suppression projects; or Assisting in conducting training in the identification and management of harmful forest pathogens.
For the GS12: Applicants must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least x of the following:
Specialized experience is defined as meeting at least 3 of the 4 specialized experience examples. Examples of specialized experience are: Planning, coordinating, conducting, and reporting on evaluation surveys on Federal, state, and private lands to determine the status of forest pathogens; Completing suppression and prevention projects that reduced the adverse effects of a pathogen; Recommending reforestation, harvesting, and silvicultural practices that reduced losses; or Provided written and oral recommendations for reforestation, harvesting and silvicultural practices
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.
See Qualifications section for education requirements.
For additional information about the duties of the position in Boise, ID, please contact Carl Jorgensen at 208-514-6562 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information about the duties of the position in Missoula, MT, please contact Joel Egan at 406-552-5662 or email@example.com
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.
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.
This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. Final determination will me made at the time of job offer.
Government Housing is not 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.
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/11068207
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
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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.
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
If your qualification is matched with the requirement above, please submit your online application directly through US Department of Agriculture system at :