NRCS Pathways Program candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. See qualifications at
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.
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 Conservation:
- Soil Science
- Crop Science
- Plant Science
- Natural Resource Conservation
- Agricultural Discipline
- Natural Science Discipline
Pathways Program requirements for an internship with Louisiana 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:
BASIS OF RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.
Well -Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.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.