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Job Title:  Pathways Internship (Soil Conservationist)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  AR-13-798163-AW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$10.95 to $13.41 / Per Hour
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fayetteville, AR United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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 ( to learn more and see why this is such a great place to work. 


This position is expected to begin Summer 2013. Internship location will be based on NRCS need and selectee's preference. Position is shown in Fayetteville, but may be moved if needed.


  • 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 2.0+; Higher GPA applicants will be given preference.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.


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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 participation agreement is required between NRCS Arkansas and the intern.  Within 120 calendar 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.

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.



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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-02: High School Degree

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 or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will particpate 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.


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 or pre-acceditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see


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


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.



Course of Study closely related to Soil Conservation:

  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Other Agricultural Disciplines
  • Other Natural Science Disciplines

Pathways Program requirements for an internship with Arkansas NRCS:

a. Be a United States Citizen.

b. Be at least 16 years old.

c. Have at least a 2.0 GPA or higher.  Students with higher GPAs will be given preference.

d. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degre 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.



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. You must submit documentation to claim veteran's preference.


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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

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


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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:

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 using the following Vacancy ID:798163.  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.




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. Include any relatable experience - volunteer work, family farm, etc.
  • College Transcripts (unofficial) to support education requirements.
  • 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.



Phone: (501)301-3180
Agency Information:


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 or non-qualification and referral or non-referral to the hiring official for further consideration.   If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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