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Resource Assistant Full-time

at US Department of Agriculture in Montana (Published at 10-12-2019)

    Duties

    Summary

    Two positions will be filled in Region 1 from this vacancy announcement.
    The first position will be filled in Kalispell, Montana. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Sarah Freund at 406-758-5294 and sarah.freund@usda.gov
    The second position will be filled in Libby, Montana. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kathy Haines at 406-283-7658 and kathy.haines@usda.gov.

    Responsibilities

    • Responsibilities listed are at the full performance level.
    • Responsible for all financial management and appraisal data of each timber sale contract.
    • Ensure timely payments are made and credited to correct accounts for each sale.
    • Assist with timber bid openings and contract assembly.
    • Provide monitoring of the business management aspects of sale administration.
    • Audit all aspects of the timber sale contract.
    • Coordinate and perform the processing of timber contract data
    • Serve as primary point of contact for all forest product permits, including working with Forest Service, customer service representatives and public vendors to assist and direct the sales of permits.
    • Provide technical support work primarily in the financial aspects of the timber sale appraisals and accounting, and performing specialized accounting duties from the time of sale award to the closing of the timber sale.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel will be dependent on selected position. Refer to the "Additional Information" section for further instructions.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    7

  • Job family (Series)

    1101 General Business And Industry

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or 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.
    • 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.gov

    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. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For the GS-5 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level; OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school; OR combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.
    Examples of specialized experience are: Input and audited data processing documents; checked accounting documents to ensure all payments are received; reviewed contracts for payments, errors, and/or correct cash action; or maintained project files and records.
    For the GS-6 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Helped to ensure that collection revenues/deposits were billed, collected, and deposited to proper accounts; aided in establishing and maintaining file records, input data, generated reports, and coordinating with program manager or administrators; or assisted with auditing financial records and helped to make corrections to the files.
    For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Ensured that collection revenues/deposits were billed, collected, and deposited to proper accounts; established and maintained file records, input data, generated reports, and coordinated with program manager or administrators; assisted in reviewing documents submitted by cooperators for compliance with regulations and instructions; or audited financial records and performed corrections to the files.
    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.
    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level for the GS-6 and GS-7 grade levels in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Kalispell, MT

    • Transfer of Station: Not offered.
    • Travel Required: Occasional travel for cross boundary work with neighboring Forests and for training.
    Libby, MT:
    • Transfer of Station: Entitlement for payment of basic moving expenses, as required by the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) §302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR §302-1.1 and §302-2.6.
    • Travel Required: Occasional travel for training and/or meetings.
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary and term employees the opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years and the last temporary or term appointment must have been with the Forest Service. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such as LWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.
    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.
    Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email

    asc_tos@fs.fed.us

    .
    This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
    Government Housing is not available.
    This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
    This agency offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

    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 based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Auditing
    • Clerical
    • Customer Service
    • Database Management Systems
    • Information Management
    • Technical Competence
    • Written Communication

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. 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.
    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10665691

    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

    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 major duties 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.

    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current Forest Service and Former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: 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.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
  • 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. 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.



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