All applicants must meet the eligibility, education and qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of the announcement.
To be eligible for a Pathways Internship, applicants must:
• Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a certificate or degree-seeking student at a qualifying accredited educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education;
• Be enrolled at least half-time as defined by your educational institution;
• Be in good academic standing, as defined by your academic institution;
• Not graduate prior to Fall 2019 or if you are graduating prior to this date you must maintain current enrollment (without a break) in another qualifying certificate or degree;
• Be planning for or pursuing a certificate or degree in, or related to, the internship opportunity being advertised. Examples of relevant educational fields for this position include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Soil Conservation, Soil Science, Plant Science, Crop Science, Agronomy, Forestry, Rangeland Management, Ag Engineering, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or other natural resource-related disciplines that will allow applicants to qualify for the conversion requirements listed below.
• Meet and document Office of Personnel Management qualification requirements for the grade level posted.
Below is the education requirement to be qualified for this position:
GS-2 - Completion of high school or GED diploma.
Candidates selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met and there is an available position. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed and is at agency discretion.
Pathways Interns may convert to permanent or TERM positions in the same line of work they were initially appointed. To be eligible for conversion, you must satisfactorily complete all Pathways Program requirements:
• Complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation;
• Complete all mandatory training requirements;
• Meet performance expectations and be recommended for conversion;
• Meet suitability requirements; and
• Meet the position’s Qualification Requirements, to include the Basic Education Requirement below: Degree:
soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science; OR
Combination of education and experience:
at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.