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Job Title:Student Trainee - Internship

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:NE-12-740308-NP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$22,851.00 to $27,990.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 1, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0499-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Internships

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Grand Island, NE United StatesView Map
York, NE United StatesView Map
Aurora, NE United StatesView Map
Minden, NE United StatesView Map
Stanton, NE United StatesView Map
More Locations  (12)

WHO MAY APPLY:

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

JOB SUMMARY:

Be remarkable and make a difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's natural resources in partnership with America's land owners. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conversation.  The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the National's natural resources for future generations.  Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on American's private land.  Visit our web site (http://.nrcs.usda.gov/) to learn more and see why this is such a great place to work. 

These positions are expected to begin Summer 2013.  Selectees must be willing to be non-competively reassigned to another Field Office within the State of Nebraska while participating in the Pathways Internship Program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a background and security investigation.
  • You must have a valid state driver's license.
  • Cumulative GPA 2.9; 3.0 and higher preferred.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.

DUTIES:

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The purpose of the Pathways Intern Employment Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and provide financial support to encourage and support educational goals.  The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals.  Participants will complete assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program.  A written agreement is required between NRCS Nebraska and the intern.  Within 120 calendars days after completing educational requirements and Pathways Program specifics, NRCS may non-competitively promote and convert an intern to a career/career-conditional or term appointment.  Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the need of the agency.

 

Positions may be in the following specialties:

Soil Conservation

Range Management

 

Soil Conservationist Student Intern

As a Soil Conservationist student intern with the Natural Resources Conservation Service you will work with staff specialists to assist with various stages of conservation planning, surveying and carrying out resource conservation plans.  The internship provides intensified training in soil conservation and is qualifying for a professional position upon graduation from college.

Range Management Specialist Student Intern

As a Range Management Specialist student intern within the Natural Resources Conservation Service you will work with staff specialists on projects in soil survey, inventories, prepare and gather technical data/information to assist in soil mapping efforts, and general support of NRCS Range Management programs.  This training is intensified in the area of range management and is qualifying for a professional position upon graduation from college.

 

Nebraska NRCS will be attending or has attended the following career fairs below:

Langston University - Langston, OK - September 12, 2012

New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM - September 18 & 19, 2012

University of Nebraska Lincoln - Lincoln, NE - October 4, 2012

South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD- October 17, 2012


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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NRCS Pathways Program candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.

 

For GS-03: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study

For GS-04: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree

 

Note: An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

 

The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in a directly related to the field in which the student trainee will participate in the intern program.  The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding position.

 

In order to be considered for non-competitve conversion upon graduation applicants will be required to meet the following education requirements. 

Soil Conservation, GS-0457, Education Requirements:

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.

 

Range Management, GS-0454, Education Requirements:

Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows:

    • Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning.

    • Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable.

    • Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management.

Unofficial transcripts are required to verify educational claims.  All academic degrees and coruse work must be completed at a college, or univeristy that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/.

 

Many NRCS positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your eductional achievements. 


Courses of Study closely related to Soil Conservatoin and Range Management:

  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Range Management
  • Range Ecology & Management
  • Range Resources
  • Agricultural Discipline
  • Natural Science Discipline

Pathways Program requirements for an internship with Nebraska NRCS:

a. Be a United States Citizen.

b. Be at least 16 years old.

c. Have at least a 2.9 GPA.  3.0 or higher is preferred.

d. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the academic majors or related fields listed above.

e. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis as defined by the college or university.

Physical Requirements: Applicants may need to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.  Veteran's preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways Program authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have preference.  If candidates are further evaluated using NRCS's category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  USDA/NRCS also offers Flexi Work, Tele-work, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employee.   To find out more click https://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

Relocation expenses are not authorized unless the individual selected is currently a Federal Employee under a competitive service appointment with permanent or conditional tenure.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Housing Subsidy: USDA/NRCS Nebraska may authorize a housing subsidy for Rent/Electricity of $500.00 per month while working Full Time during the summer depending on budget.

EEO Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Veterans Information: http://www.usajobs.gov/vi

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (see "Required Documents" section below).  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) by the closing date of this announcement.

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to the right of this announcement to create a USAJOBS account or log into our existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through USAJOBS before the closing date of this announcement.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

 

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the OPM Form 1203FX to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:  http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Do not use a separate cover sheet.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materies and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

4. Keep a copy of your fax transmission receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID:740308.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2. Fax this cover sheet and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

 

  • Completed Occupational Questionnaire.  This can be completed online.  Make sure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the questionnaire.  If you wish to complete the questionnaire via paper, please print the       and the 1203FX form to document your responses.

 

  • Résumé

 

  • College Transcripts to support education requirements.  Copies or unofficial transcript are acceptable for proof of education.  If selected for a position you will be required to provide official transcripts.

 

  • Veterans:  If you have prior military service, please include copies of all your DD-214s or proof of service.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or a mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must also complete and submit a SF-15 along with supporting documentation.

 

If you have submitted all documents listed above, you have completed the application process.   If you want to save an incomplete Occupational Questionnaire and return later, select the Save button at the top or bottom of each of the application pages and click the Logout button.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nicole Pischel
Phone: (402)437-4166
Email: NICOLE.PISCHEL@NE.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS CENTRAL
Federal building
Room 152
100 Centennial Mall
North Lincoln, NE
68508-3866
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an automated acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.   After a review of ALL applications are made, you will be notified of your qualification status and referral or non-referral to the hiring official for further consideration.   If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Grand Island, NE United StatesView Map
York, NE United StatesView Map
Aurora, NE United StatesView Map
Minden, NE United StatesView Map
Stanton, NE United StatesView Map
Spencer, NE United StatesView Map
Oshkosh, NE United StatesView Map
ONeill, NE United StatesView Map
Blair, NE United StatesView Map
Imperial, NE United StatesView Map
Fairbury, NE United StatesView Map
Lincoln, NE United StatesView Map
Chadron, NE United StatesView Map
Valentine, NE United StatesView Map
Holdrege, NE United StatesView Map
West Point, NE United StatesView Map
Tecumseh, NE United StatesView Map

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Job Announcement Number:

NE-12-740308-NP

Control Number:

326283900