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 http://www.ed.gov/.
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:
- Soil Science
- Crop Science
- Plant Science
- Natural Resource Conservation
- 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.
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. You must submit documentation to claim veteran's preference.