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Job Title:Risk Management Specialist (Pathways Recent Graduates Program)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Risk Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:UK862689-RMA-SMG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $49,138.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Topeka, KS United StatesView Map
Billings, MT United StatesView Map
Spokane, WA United StatesView Map
Valdosta, GA United StatesView Map
Oklahoma City, OK United StatesView Map


See Area of Consideration below.




The Risk Management Agency (RMA) serves America's agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools and solutions to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities by providing World Class agricultural risk management products, tools, education and outreach. RMA strives to be a high-performance and inclusive workplace by promoting an environment of diversity, inclusion and respect. You will receive on-the-job training intended to further develop your talent, skills, and abilities in Federal service.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying degree within the previous two years. Veterans precluded from applying due to their military service obligation must be appointed within 6 years of receiving their degree.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on 4.0 scale.


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Student Trainee serves as a Risk Management Specialist in the Risk Management Agency, Deputy Administrator for Insurance Services, Risk Management Regional Office located in one of the duty locations listed in the vacancy announcement. 

As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, selectee will be expected to:

  • Accomplish work to improve the crop insurance program throughout the region by working with higher graded Risk Management Specialists and other Agency staff members;
  • Accomplish technical work by assisting higher graded Risk Management Specialists and other units in the review of prospective and/or revised insurance products;
  • Attend focus group meetings and/or listening sessions to gain experience by effectively working and communicating with contractors, approved insurance providers, crop insurance participants and partners on RMA issues and policies;
  • Review crop fact sheets, policies, handbooks, and procedures for specific crops and pilot programs;
  • researches and assembles actuarial materials (rates, coverage levels, prices, program dates and codes) for use and/or review by higher graded Risk Management Specialists.


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Eligibility Requirements:

Student Status: Applicants must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctoral or technical/vocational degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years.  Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty.  Eligibility for these Veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree (or certification) was completed..

Pathways Participant Agreement:  All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and noncompetitive conversion eligibility.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by Monday, April 22, 2013.

You may start at the GS-5 if you meet the following:

  • Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in an agriculture related field; OR
  • One year of professional work experience providing financial or operational assistance to a crop insurance or agricultural business; OR
  • Three years of general experience that demonstrates knowledge of agricultural business management practices, ability to analyze facts, oral and written communication skills.

You may start at the GS-7 if you meet the following:

  • Completed at least one full year of graduate level study (18 hours) with a major in an agriculture related field; OR
  • Superior academic achievement: Completion of all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a major in an agriculture related field. Additionally applicants must meet one of the following: 1. Class standing: A standing in the upper third of the graduating class or major subdivision, such as a school of agriculture or school of business at the time of application; 2. Grade-point average (GPA): A grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of curriculum. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (other than freshmen societies) that meet the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies; OR
  • One full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level in Federal service. This experiece includes planning, organizing, directing, and controlling and agricultural or insurance business enterprise; or providing financial, operational, or managerial assistance to an agricultural or insurance business including a farm or ranch; or reviewing and analyzing agricultural market studies.

College Transcript:   You must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists date your degree was conferred as well as all classes taken towards degree. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.   You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process.   Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.


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Working for the Farm Service Agency offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please click here.

DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made  by direct deposit.  click here.


Selective Service:   If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


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Please read all the instructions before you begin.  

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1. Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience (to include dates [mm/yy] and hours per week); and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 22, 2013.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.

Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are not applying online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office.


In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.

1) You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (with the date your degree was conferred).

2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214 (Member Copy-4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form.


Phone: (816)926-2831
Agency Information:
Farm Service Agency
Beacon Facility - Mail Stop 8398
PO Box 419205
9240 Troost Ave KCMO 64131-3055
Kansas City, MO


Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at

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