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Position Classification Tips, Tricks, and Guidance

Classification Topics and Tools

Creating Position Descriptions

Position descriptions (PD) capture the major duties and responsibilities assigned to positions in organizations. Often, there is already a PD in place for the work of a given position either in USGS’s standard PD library, in your organization, or in another organization within USGS doing work similar to yours. Your servicing HR specialist can provide advice, sample PDs, and assistance in finding current PDs or creating new PDs. The presentation, Supervisor's Guide to Writing Position Descriptions, provides an overview of the process.

Template PDs are available to assist in writing 9 Factor FES PDs, 6 Factor Supervisory PDs, and 4 Factor RGE/EDGE PDs. While not mandatory, these templates may help focus PD writing efforts.

Keep in mind that classification decisions such as title, series, and grade of positions is often dependent on where in an organization a position is located; so not every PD that looks similar will have the same classification. An assistant in a supply organization may have duties similar to an assistant in a human resources office, but one may be a Supply Clerk and the other a Human Resources Assistant.

Completing Classification Forms

Standard personnel forms can be found in the Supervisor’s Toolkit. They can be completed online and printed for use or forwarded to your servicing HR specialist electronically.

Using Monster PC

Position Classification System Login Screen:

Note: Please contact your servicing Human Resources Team to have an account established within the system. They will provide you with a user ID and temporary password.

Step-by-step instructions for creating PDs in Monster PC can be found at: Position Classification PD Builder Wizard Guide (PDF)

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that address position management and classification issues such as "Why do I need a PD?" are available for reference. If you need more information, Monster PC hot links allow easy access to position classification policies, guidance, and standards maintained by the Department of the Interior and the Office of Human Resources Management.

  • Position Management Overview — Tips and tools for managing work efficiently and effectively in your organization. Positions (and PDs) don’t exist in a vacuum. This introduction to position management provides an overview of how positions are managed within the larger context of an organization
  • Research and Development Evaluation Guidance
    Provides an overview of policies, practices and guidance on the Research and Development Evaluation Processes (RGE panel).


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