Agronomist Department of Agriculture Portland, OR

Agronomist Department of Agriculture Portland, OR

Agronomist Help and Duties:

The position of Agronomist is located on the NWQQT related to one of the National Science and Technology Support Center or the National Headquarters. This employee is the NWQQT SME responsible for the nutrition management plan. The employee cooperates with the national leadership for technological development and supports conservation planning and implementation; animal waste management; nutrition management plans; water quality and quantity, and soil, air, plant, animal, energy, and human resources issues. Learn more about the agency.


  • When formulating comprehensive nutrient management plans (CNMP) and nutrition management plans (NMP) related to animal waste management in individual farms and watersheds, it serves as a source of expert information and advice to provide advice to states.
  • Provide training, guidance, evaluation, and improvement on the use of nutrients in waste as resources; and prevent nutrients from adversely affecting the required resource utilization and environmental quality.
  • Provide scientific basis and assist in the formulation and review of NRCS policies, procedures, practices, reference materials, and other technical materials related to nutrition management, water quality and animal waste management.
  • Apply expertise and experience in agronomy, nutrient management, water quality, and related physical and chemical sciences to influence legislation, formulate strategies and initiatives, and provide maximum coordination.

Travel Required:


Occasionally travel-you may need to travel for this position.
Regulatory status
Do not
Promotion potential
Working family (series)
0471 Agriculture
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Employment conditions:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Men born after December 31, 1959 must register for military service or be exempted.
  • Depends on satisfactory verdicts of background checks and/or fingerprint checks.
  • Successfully complete the one-year trial period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit-According to Public Law 104-134, all federal employees must make federal payments to their financial institutions through direct deposit.
  • Successfully passed the E-Verify employment verification inspection. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit E-Verify at

Agronomist Qualifications:


The applicable grade time requirements must be met to be considered qualified. One year of study at the GS-12 level is required to meet the on-the-job time requirement for the GS-13 level. One year of study at the GS-13 level is required to meet the on-the-job time requirement for the GS-14 level. (Please submit your SF-50, which shows Time-in-Grade qualifications and reflects your title, series and grades. No awards or general adjustments to SF-50 will be accepted). The entry time requirement also applies to VEOA applicants who have held a GS position in the past year. View additional information.
Applicants must meet all eligibility and eligibility requirements before the announced deadline.
Basic Qualifications: Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in agronomy; or a related science subject, including at least 30 hours of basic plant science courses, including at least 15 hours of agronomy subjects, such as subjects involving plant breeding, crop production, and soil and crop management. ( must submit transcripts.)

Must have a combination of education and experience: at least 30 semester hours for basic plant science, including at least 15 agronomy science hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to prove that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to engage in the profession, and is equivalent to a professional course of study of a quality equivalent to that obtained by successfully completing a full 4 years of normal study. (You must submit a transcript.)

Agronomist Minimum Qualifications:


GS-13: Must have at least one year of full-time professional experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in federal services, and perform the following duties: Analyze existing and proposed regulations, policies, plans, procedures and make recommendations, and implement protection technologies Technology; provide technical review and assistance for customers and resource management partners to develop, acquire, transfer, deliver and apply existing and emerging conservation science and technology; address the impact of animal manure, nutrient management, and air, Policy issues for soil and water quality issues; development of issue papers, reports, and technical publications.
GS-14: Must have at least one year of full-time professional experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in federal services, and perform the following duties: Provide advice on the development of animal waste management-related plans for the states (including aquaculture systems). Basin and regional level; maintain software databases and updates as needed to meet national needs and requirements; assist in the formulation and review of policies, procedures, practices, reference materials, and other technical materials related to animal waste management at the state and national levels; The potential impact of technological advances in waste utilization and nutrient management. When describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions about your experience. If your resume does not support your answer to the questionnaire, we will not add points to your answer.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (for example, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (for example, professional, charitable, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps develop key competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that directly translates into paid employment. You will gain all qualified experience, including volunteer experience.


You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements (i.e. substitution of education and/or basic education requirement). If a relevant course is not clearly qualifying (e.g. special topic, seminar, research, thesis, the obscure or misleading course title, etc.), please submit official course syllabi and/or detailed course description from the university/college for that particular course to ensure you are properly evaluated. Please note that qualifications determinations are based solely on the information submitted for each particular vacancy announcement. You must document all requirements on every vacancy; we cannot use previous determinations as a basis for rating. All required information must be received by the closing date of this announcement, and non-submission of all required documents/documentation will result in non-consideration. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received before the deadline for this announcement. Failure to submit these documents will result in non-consideration. Education must be recognized by a certification body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education before it can be counted as qualification certification.


Foreign Education: If you use the education completed in a foreign college or university to meet the eligibility requirements, you must prove that the education certificate has been evaluated by a private organization specializing in the interpretation of foreign education courses and that the education is considered equivalent to being in a recognized United States Obtained in an educational program; or have obtained full credits in courses at a recognized college or university in the United States. For more information, please visit:


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