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Economic Research Service Agricultural Economist in Kansas City, Missouri


These positions are located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Research Service (ERS), Food Economics Division (FED), Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) or Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) located in Kansas City, MO.



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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill vacancies as openings occur. To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s). An initial cut-off will take place Thursday, November 5, 2020 to begin initial applicant consideration. Additional cut-off dates will occur November 26, 2020, December 17, 2020, January 7, 2021, January 28, 2021, February 18, 2021, March 11, 2021, April 1, 2021, April 22, 2021, May 13, 2021, June 3, 2021, June 24, 2021, July 15, 2021, August 5, 2021, August 26, 2021 and September 16, 2021. Candidates for the position who submit a completed application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, November 5, 2020, will be reviewed and referred if found eligible and qualified. This announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated; however, those who apply after the cut-off date will be considered for referral to the hiring manager only if additional vacancies occur and/or the initial referral list is exhausted. Applicants must recertify (i.e. update/resubmit their application through USAJobs) every 3 months from the date of application/certification to continue to receive consideration for the position(s). Applicants who fail to do so will not be reviewed and referred and be dropped from consideration. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (by cut-off dates) of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. BASIC REQUIREMENT

A. Degree: A bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Basic Requirement listed above, you must meet the required specialized experience or education below: GS-09

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes: 1) collecting and analyzing economic data using automation software and statistical methods; and 2) preparing analytical reports on agricultural economic issues. OR EDUCATION: completion of 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics/agricultural economics or related discipline. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, an applicant with 6 months of appropriate experience equivalent to GS-7 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-9) and 27 semester hours of appropriate graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement for GS-9, in excess of that required for GS-7) would be qualified for a GS-9 position (assuming that there is no evidence that the attended college or university requires more than 18 semester hours as equivalent to a year of graduate study). IMPORTANT NOTE: All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date (by cut-off dates) of this vacancy announcement; however, applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education requirements within 9 months from the date of application. Applicants must verify successful completion of the required education prior to appointment. All other applicants must be available to report for duty at the time of selection. 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. *This Position is being filled through OPM's government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all U.S. Citizens. Your application will be evaluated for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience and/or education meet the minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and other basic requirements will be referred and are eligible for selection. *



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