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Job Title:Student Trainee Recruitment Notice

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:WI-844090-AS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0499-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Internships

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Juneau, WI United StatesView Map
Richland Center, WI United StatesView Map
Madison, WI United StatesView Map
Altoona, WI United StatesView Map
Appleton, WI United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Students will work as school and office workloads permit

JOB SUMMARY:

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

THIS IS A RECRUITMENT NOTIFICATION ONLY, NOT A JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (JOA). We are posting this notification to let students learn about NRCS and to notify potential applicants of our upcoming recruitment activities and how to apply for a student intern position for Summer 2013 and beyond.

 

WHAT IS THE NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE? Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation.  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 Nation's natural resources for future generations.  Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private land.  To learn more and see why this is such a great place to work, visit our website (http://nrcs.usda.gov/)

 

HOW DOES THE PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM WORK?  These positions will provide hands-on experience for students that are in the specific discipline for which hired and is related to the student's academic program and career goals.  A written agreement is required between Wisconsin NRCS and the intern. 

The duty locations listed in this announcement are for the Area Offices and for the State Office and do not necessarily correspond to the actual work site.  Students must be willing to work in any duty location throughout Wisconsin.  Each selected student's initial work location will be determined at time of selection. Applicants must be mobile for future relocations throughout Wisconsin.

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 OPM Background & Security Investigation.
  • You must have a valid state driver's license.
  • Cumulative GPA 2.0 (3.0 and higher preferred).
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college as a degree-seeking student.

DUTIES:

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SOIL CONSERVATIONIST DUTIES

As a Soil Conservationist Student Trainee you will spend time in both the office and in a field environment assisting other NRCS employees in offering conservation planning and technical assistance to landowners and landusers. You will learn about NRCS conservation activities and programs, and the many ways we work to conserve the soil, improve air and water quality, manage nutrients, restore wetlands, and protect and improve wildlife habitat. Some of your duties will include gathering and assembling data for use in basic conservation plans; performing surveys used for design and preliminary layout work; utilizing technical tools to achieve conservation objectives; and participating in the inspection of existing construction projects. 

 


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. http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

 

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 field to the position 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.

 


Courses of Study closely related to Soil Conservation:

-Agronomy

-Soil Science

-Crop Science

-Plant Science

-Natural Resources Conservation

-Range Management

-Range Ecology & Management

-Forestry

-Agricultural Discipline

-Natural Science Discipline

 

Foreign Education — Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service when they apply for positions in order for the foreign education to be considered as a part of the qualification requirements or for positive education requirements.

 

Unofficial transcripts are required to verify educational claims.  All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university 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 positons have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.

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.   Student Interns are eligible for limited benefits.  The following Web Address is provided for your reference to explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here:  http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

Agency Contact Information:

 

Amy Small

Human Resources Specialist

(608)662-4422x276

AMY.SMALL@WI.USDA.GOV

Wisconsin NRCS State Office

8030 Excelsior Drive STE 200
Madison, WI 53717-2905
USA

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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THIS IS A RECRUITEMENT NOTICE ONLY, NOT A JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (JOA). AS POSITIONS BECOME AVAILABLE, A JOA WILL BE POSTED TO THE USA JOBS WEB SITE WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT POSITION IN WISCONSIN.  

 

We encourage you to learn more about NRCS and the careers we have to offer. To do that, we suggest you visit our website at: http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov

 

To learn more about the Pathways Program and other opportunities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture we recommend you also visit the USDA website at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome

 

Representatives from Wisconsin NRCS periodically attend  Career Fairs and Recruitment events. We encourage all interested students to stop by and talk to us in person if possible!  A list of these fairs/events can be found on our web site at:

 

http://www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov/about/jobs.html

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Not applicable to a recruitment notice.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Amy Small
Phone: (608)662-4422x276
Email: AMY.SMALL@WI.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS CENTRAL
8030 Excelsior Drive
Suite 200
Madison, WI
53717
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Check USA Jobs for our Job Opportunity Announcements. 


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Job Announcement Number:

WI-844090-AS

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337965400