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Soil Scientist 5/7/9 Qualification Standards

BASIC REQUIREMENT:Successfully completion of a full four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in 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. You must submit transcripts to support this requirement.

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Possess a combination of education-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 in shown above) plus experience or additional education. You must submit transcripts to support this requirement.

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This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job).  Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position.  Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. 

The selective placement factor for this position is: A valid and current State Driver’s License.

IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS, THE GS-5 REQUIRES:One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level of Federal service. Examples of related experience include: knowledge of soil-landscape relationships, soil properties, soil genesis and morphology, geomorphology, soil classification, and soil-plant and ecosystem relationships; knowledge of soil surveys that support the National Cooperative Soil Survey objective of a seamless digital soil survey; ability to use computer programs maintain soil information system applications and prepare soil survey reports; and communicating with a variety of people. Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation on your resume/612.

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GS-5 EDUCATION:Successful completion of four (4) years of post high school education leading to a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in soil science or a closely related discipline. Transcripts (unofficial or official) are required at the time of application.

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GS-5 COMBINATION:An equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described for the GS-5 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. Experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit and transcripts are required.

IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS, THE GS-7 REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level that includes: systematically mapping and describing soil landscape catenae using knowledge of soil-landscape relationships, soil properties, soil genesis and morphology, geomorphology, soil classification, and soil-plant and ecosystem relationships; producing soil surveys that support the National Cooperative Soil Survey objective of a seamless digital soil survey; using computer programs maintain soil information system applications and prepare soil survey reports; and communicating with a wide variety of people. Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation on your resume/612.

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GS-7 EDUCATION: Successful completion of one (1) year (18 semester hours) of graduate study leading to a master's degree in in soil science or a closely related discipline. Transcripts (unofficial or official) are required at the time of application. Education cannot be credited without this information.

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GS-7 COMBINATION:An equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described for the GS-7 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. Experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit and transcripts are required.

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GS-07 SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:  Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level degree in Soil Conservation or a related agricultural or natural resources curriculum may be qualifying at the GS-7 level. Superior academic achievement is based on class standing, grade-point average, or honor society membership.

Class Standing:  Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in a college or university.

Grade-point average (G.P.A.):  Applicants must have a grade-point average of; 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two (2) years of the curriculum.

Honor Society Membership-Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society:  Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. (Transcripts required.)

IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS, THE GS-9 REQUIRES:One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level that includes: systematically mapping and describing soil landscape catenae using knowledge of soil-landscape relationships, soil properties, soil genesis and morphology, geomorphology, soil classification, and soil-plant and ecosystem relationships; producing quality soil surveys that support the National Cooperative Soil Survey objective of a seamless digital soil survey; using computer programs used for word processing, developing spreadsheets, managing databases in order to use and maintain soil information system applications and prepare soil survey reports; and communicating with a wide variety of people in order to write and present technical material. Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation on your resume/612 and must include job title, duties, month & year AND hours worked per week.

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GS-9 EDUCATION:Successful completion of two (2) years (36 semester hours) of graduate study leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate in soil science or a closely related discipline. Transcripts (unofficial or official) are required at the time of application. Education cannot be credited without this information.

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GS-9 COMBINATION:An equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-9 level. Experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit and transcripts are required.