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County Program Technician

Farm Service Agency Morris, MN
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County Program Technician
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##### Department of Agriculture

Farm Service Agency

Overview
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- ##### Open & closing dates

07/30/2019 to 08/12/2019

- ##### Service

Competitive

- ##### Pay scale & grade

CO 4 - 7

- ##### Salary

$30,344 to $54,670 per year

- ##### Appointment type

Permanent

- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location
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1 vacancy in the following location:

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Morris, MN

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties
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### Summary

This is a County Program Technician position located in the Stevens
County FSA office in Morris, Minnesota.

Major responsibilities for this position can be found below.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

- Carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to one
or more of the program areas administered in the county.
- Interpreting and explaining procedures, program regulations and
forms to producers and other agency personnel.
- Utilizing various web-based software applications to maintain
producer data and processing automated forms.
- Using a high degree of initiative and judgment in planning and
carrying out assigned tasks and resolving problems encountered.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

##### Supervisory status

No

##### Promotion Potential

7

- #### Job family (Series)

1101 General Business And Industry

- Requirements
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### 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.
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation
and/or fingerprint check.
- Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless
previously served.
- 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/.
- Must be a high school graduate, or have a GED.
- Must be 18 years of age, or 17 years of age for high school
graduates.

### Qualifications

Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook
27-PM.

**\*\* Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped
the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities
to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically
in or related to the work of the position being filled. To be
creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at
least 1 year in the next lower grade level.**

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-04 level if you have one of the following
qualifications:**
- Successful completion of two years of education above high
school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical,
junior college, college or university in any field in which high
school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite may be
substituted for experience. **OR**
- One year general experience of progressively responsible
clerical, office work, or equal background in the operations of
a farm or ranch that indicates the ability to acquire the
particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform
the duties of this position.

**You may start at the CO-05 level if you have one of the following
qualifications:**
- Successful completion of four years of education above high
school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical,
junior college, college or university in any field in which high
school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite may be
substituted for specialized experience. OR
- One year specialized experience applying office methods and
procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to
any farm or agricultural program.

**You may start at the CO-06 level if you have one of the following
qualifications:**
- One year specialized experience applying office methods and
procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to
process and service farm or agricultural programs.

**You may start at the CO-07 level if you have one of the following
qualifications:**
- One year specialized experience 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.

### Education

**College Transcript:** If you are qualifying based on education,
submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses
detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101,
math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade
earned. You must submit with your application package evidence that
any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately
accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. Education
standards. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at
the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected,
you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to
entering on duty. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for
instructions on submitting the transcript.

### Additional information

- Veterans preference does not apply.
- Relocation expenses are not authorized.
- When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a
commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to
you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on
your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the
continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level,
and administrative approval.
- This is a Non-Federal, Non-Civil Service position.
- This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
- Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication of program information (Braille, large print,
audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at
202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
- **Optional -** This position would be eligible for telework and
other flexible work arrangements in accordance with Department
and Agency directives.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be considered on the basis of their education,
experience, supervisory appraisal, training, awards and education as
it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge,
skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below.

**PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. During
the online application process, you will be asked to address the
following items:**

1. Describe your ability to communicate orally being sure to
include specific examples.
2. Describe your ability to communicate in writing being sure to
include specific examples.
3. Describe your ability to identify and resolve problems. Be sure
to include specific examples explaining the situation you
encountered, the action you took, and the resolution you
achieved.
4. Describe your knowledge of FSA farm programs and practices
including details regarding how you obtained this knowledge.
5. Describe your skill in using computers being sure to include
software you are proficient with, specific tasks performed, and
how or where you obtained these skills.
6. Describe your customer service skills, and provide specific
examples regarding various situations where you have utilized
these skills.

**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 application
documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action
up to including removal from the Federal service.

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Not Required

##### Drug test required

No

##### Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

##### Trust determination process

Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

- Required Documents
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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 major
duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of
employment; for current or previous Federal or FSA County
employees, it should also include the title, Pay Plan, Series
and Grade for each work experience entry; 4) supervisors phone
number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a
reference check; 5) other qualifications.
- For current or previous Federal or FSA County employees, you
must attach a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel
Action (form SF-50 or SF-50B) that provides current position,
grade level, and duty location. Award SF-50 or SF-50B will
result in an ineligible rating.
- **NOTE: THIS IS REQUIRED FOR BOTH PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY
EMPLOYEES.**
- Current USDA employees (both permanent and temporary) must
submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal
(dated within the last 18 months) which identifies the
employee's official rating of record and is signed by the
supervisor. If a performance appraisal is not available, you
must submit a statement advising why the performance appraisal
is unavailable. Former USDA employees (both permanent and
temporary) must submit your latest annual performance appraisal
or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is
unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to submit
either a performance appraisal or a statement regarding the
reason for not submitting a performance appraisal will result in
an ineligible rating.
- 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. 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.

- Benefits
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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. Learn 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.

- How to Apply
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Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you
begin. You must complete this application process and submit all
required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on
the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you
during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday -
Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact us at
**979-680-5161** well before the closing date for an alternate
method. All hardship application packages must be complete and
submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the
announcement to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to
request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to
complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all
required documents.

**NOTE**: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous
submission, which means the previous document is no longer available
to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than
replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old
document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded
documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as
there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be
transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will
have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may
combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs)
into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application.
Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files
will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of
the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC
or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital
signature, or other encryption to open.

### Agency contact information

### Katie Robyn

##### Phone

651-602-7720

##### Fax

855-719-9917

##### Email

Katie.Robyn@mn.usda.gov

##### Address

Farm Service Agency - County Offices
375 Jackson St., Suite 400
St. Paul, MN 55101
US

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the
eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to
issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further
evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in
to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS account to check your application
status.

- Fair & Transparent
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job
applicants

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/539210900. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Farm Service Agency

Address

Morris, MN
USA