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Job Title:  Program Analyst (Farm to School Analyst) - Pathways Recent Graduate Program
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Food and Nutrition Service
Job Announcement Number:  13-FNS-096X

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Full time; Recent Graduates; - Initial period of one year. Position may be converted to a permanent or term position.
1 vacancy - Alexandria, VA, US  View Map

This opportunity is open to Recent Graduates who have graduated within the past 2 years. If you have served in the military, please submit a DD-214 to allow for extensions of this 2 year time limitation (may be extended up to a total 6 years).


This appointment is being filled under the Pathways Program - Recent Graduate program.

The Recent Graduates Program provides individuals, who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs, with developmental opportunities in the Federal Government. Participants must have obtained a degree, or completed a qualifying career or technical education program within the preceding 2 years. If you served in the military after receiving your degree please see the “Qualifications” section below for more information regarding your eligibility. Upon successful completion of the program, if you are a United States citizen, you may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent position, or in some circumstances a term appointment in the competitive service.

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

This position is located at 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria VA.

*FNCS is not metro accessible.

Key provisions of the Recent Graduates Program

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Preference Eligible Veterans unable to apply, due to military service obligations, have up to six years after the completion of their degree and/or certificate to apply.

Training and Development:

  • Orientation program
  • Mentorship throughout the Program.
  • Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities.
  • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program.
  • Positions may offer opportunity for career advancement.

After Program Completion:

Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:

  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrated successful job performance.
  • Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

Key Information: 

  • FNS offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.
  • You must be a US Citizen or *US National.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.

*Non-citizens may be hired in the USDA Pathways Programs provided that the individual is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed and the agency is authorized to pay aliens under its annual appropriations or other applicable laws.  Program participants must be United States citizens to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service. (Optional for applicable mission areas).

* For more information please visit



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    The USDA Farm to School Intern will act as an Assistant Project Manager and be engaged in all aspects of the upcoming Farm to School Census, including its distribution, promotion, and analysis. The Intern will work with FNS and ERS colleagues, state agencies, and third-party contractors to ensure the rate of response is high (over 70%) and that data is analyzed and distributed, and preliminary results shared, in a timely fashion.

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. The specific duties include:

    • Promote awareness of the Census to associated trade associations, professional groups, state agencies, etc. Prepare supplemental materials such as web copy, fact sheets, etc. as requested. Conduct follow up as necessary and respond to routine requests for information or assistance.
    • Support distribution of the Census by ensuring relevant parties have received and distributed necessary information regarding the Census. Conduct follow up as necessary and respond to routine requests for information or assistance.
    • Support data collection efforts as necessary, receiving and logging faxed back responses and troubleshooting any issues related to data submission.
    • Serve as a primary point of contact for state agency farm to school coordinators. Prepare state level data sets for advanced distribution to states on an as requested basis. Assist with routine analysis and troubleshooting.
    • Prepare preliminary analysis of survey results, preparing presentations for senior USDA officials, and drafting white papers and summary reports regarding results and emerging trends.
    • Support the creation of data visualization tools, such as a website and info graphics, related to the Census.
    • Support broad dissemination of analyses and sharing of data via
    • Prepare status reports and updates for USDA personnel throughout the project.

    In addition to the specific duties related to the Census, the Intern may perform a wide variety of tasks in order to support the USDA Farm to School Program in general. Such tasks may include: reviewing USDA Farm to School grant applications and identifying trends, data entry and analysis related to the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, research regarding local procurement practices and farm to school programs in general, routine technical assistance and support to state agencies, and other duties as assigned.


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    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing of this announcement.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    To be eligible for the Recent Graduate Program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements

    a. Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

    b. A veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

    You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 showing duration and dates of service.

    For more information regarding the Recent Graduate program CLICK HERE.

    Qualification Requirements:

    Additionally, you must meet one of the following requirements

    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience which includes:

    • Experience researching projects related to farm to school initiatives where you had primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing data related to farm to school programming;
    • Working with programs or services directly relevant to local and regional food system theory and practice;
    • Creating white papers or summary reports related to local or regional food systems;
    • Researching regulations and policies related to local and regional food systems;
    • Providing oral presentations to a large audience; and
    • Managing large amounts of data; proficient with database management.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


    Education: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related related to the position being filled. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will satisfy an academic year of graduate study.


    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of qualifying education and specialized experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements at the GS-09 level.

    You must submit your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be needed prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.


    Your application includes your:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions,
    3. Transcripts - Proof of degree completion (REQUIRED),
    4. Cover Letter (RECOMMENDED)

    Please note that if you do not submit all required documents, your application will not be considered (see the Required Documents section under How to Apply)

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: technical skills, analytical skills, and communication skills. Your application must show that you meet all minimum qualifications as described under the Requirements section.  If your application is incomplete, you will not be considered.

    2. Application Review: The hiring manager may review the application of all qualified individuals and make selection(s).  We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    Veteran’s preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans awarded preference is required by law to be considered before non-preference-eligibles in the applicant pool. Qualified veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For more information on veteran’s preference, please click here

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:


    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining-designated position.
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors
    • If applicable, provide proof of educations (transcripts) prior to the job offer; you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). 
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. 
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. 

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

    FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (

    We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online

    Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), and answer the online questions.

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
    You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload:
    You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or

    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.

    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible)

    Veterans' Preference Documentation
    If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

    Education Documentation

    You must submit your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be needed prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly 

    To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected; more information may be found at:


    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Agency Information:
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    Please see the "How to Apply" section
    Parkersburg, WV
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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