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Natural Resources Conservation Service Natural Resources Communication Specialist in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

Summary The incumbent provides assistance with the development, coordination, and evaluation of natural resource data, plans and communications materials that result in broad understanding and use of natural resource assessment and analysis outcomes and findings generated through the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), Outcomes Team, National Resources Inventory (NRI), Resources Conservation Act (RCA), and other NRCS agency efforts. Responsibilities Provides leadership in planning, designing, and executing a comprehensive communication strategy for the dissemination of information, tools, and data developed within RIAD to both internal and external audiences. Participates in evaluation and utilization of national and regional assessments that span multiple natural resources and technology issues and that require interagency involvement and collaboration. Provides both technical expertise and creativity in communication planning and implementation to deliver targeted messages on natural resource assessment findings to internal and external agency partners. Develops improvement processes in the acquisition and dissemination of natural resource assessment information to support NRCS and USDA programs and develops protocols and guidance for review and clearance. Writes, edits, and reviews publications, presentations, articles, blogs, infographics, and other products to keep customers across multiple audiences informed of natural resource assessment findings and analysis. Develops and identifies long-range natural resource assessment communication and information needs. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience, as defined below. Time In Grade Requirement: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. (Please submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No Award or General Adjustment SF-50's will be accepted). Applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualifications Requirement in order to be considered: GS-13 Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include: implementing communication plans and outreach strategies to improve understanding by various audiences; developing multimedia information products (podcasts, blogs, slide shows and other interactive media); and effectively utilizing web, text, graphics, photos, audio, video, and other social media to convey information. GS-14 Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-14 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. This experience must include: developing and implementing communication plans and outreach strategies to improve understanding by various audiences; writing and editing briefing materials and talking points for senior officials for media interviews, public speeches, or employee broadcasts; and preparing speeches, news releases, feature stories, and other materials for public distribution; building or establishing partnerships with partners who may have opposing points of view; developing multimedia information products (podcasts, blogs, slide shows and other interactive media) and; effectively utilizing web, text, graphics, photos, audio, video, and other social media to convey information. Note: There is no education substitution for the GS-13/14 grade levels. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1000/general-arts-and-information-series-1001-two-grade-interval-positions/ 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 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 Additional Information Locality Pay: The salary for each location may vary depending on locality. Locality tables my be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible. 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. Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. 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 neither implied nor guaranteed. This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the position and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their duty location. If selected, you will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what COVID-19 vaccination information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of filling these positions as efficiently as possible, we are requiring the following: If called for an interview, applicants must be available to interview within 3 business days of being contacted. If a tentative job offer is extended, selectee will have 2 business days in which to accept or decline. Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized; Management may authorize superior qualifications & enhanced annual leave for applicants who are deemed to be highly qualified. Duty location to be determined upon selection.

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