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Job Title:Student Trainee Recruitment Notice - Soil Conservation

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:AR-13-962790-AW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$22,851.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 16, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0499-02/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Internships

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Little Rock, AR View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

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 ANNOUNCEMENT. We are posting this notification to let students learn whether NRCS is a good fit for them, and to notify potential applicants of our upcoming recruitment activities.

 

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 Arkansas NRCS and the intern.  Students must complete at least 640 work hours under the internship to be eligible for placement upon graduation.  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.   

Students must be willing to work in any location in Arkansas.  Each selected student's initial work location will be determined at time of selection, and work locations will vary each summer as students return to work in the program. Applicants must be mobile to all locations throughout Arkansas for initial placement, for each summer placement, and also for final placement if offered a permanent position upon graduation from college.

Positions are full time in the summer and full-time upon successfully meeting the requirements for graduation and the qualifications for the target position.  Students will be placed into non-pay status when they return to school each fall, then returned to work the following summer.  Paid leave, life insurance benefits, health benefits, retirement benefits, and other federal benefits are available depending on work schedule.  Housing subsidies and/or transportation costs may be offered.  Students pursuing their Bachelor's degree may be promoted up to the GS-4 level as they progress through the program, and may be placed in permanent positions at either the GS-5 or GS-7 level (depending on qualifications) when they graduate.  The full performance level for these positions is GS-09.  If converted to a permanent position, at management's discretion students may be non-competitively promoted to that level when eligible.  However, progression to that level is neither guaranteed nor required.  Advancement is dependent upon successful performance in the position and satisfaction of time-in-grade and qualification requirements.

This program is intended for students interested in long-term, permanent employment only.  If you are interested in short-term employment or summer employment, please check for other opportunities advertised on the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov/

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 and pass a Background & Security Investigation.
  • You must have a valid state driver's license.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.

DUTIES:

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The trainee positions advertised are developmental positions designed to provide intensive and specialized training in the field of work related to the student's major field of study.  Work will become increasingly more complex as the student masters skills and assignments and progresses through the program. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

In order to be considered for non-competitive 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 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.

 

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.


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.

 

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 cumulative GPA 2.9 - 3.0 or higher is preferred. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 to remain eligible for the program.

d. Be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc) in a qualifying education institution (high school, home school programs, vocational or technical) on a full or half-time basis.

d. Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the academic majors or related fields listed above. 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:

BASIS OF RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position. We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

 

Best Qualified: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified: Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

 

 

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 qualifcation 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.   The following Web Address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employee.   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

 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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THIS IS A RECRUITEMENT NOTICE ONLY, NOT A JOB ANNOUNCEMENT. AN ACTUAL JOB ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE POSTED ON USAJOBS IN THE FUTURE WHICH WILL ALLOW STUDENTS WHO WILL MEET APPLICABLE REQURIEMENTS, AND WHO ARE TRULY INTERESTED IN MAKING NRCS A CAREER, TO APPLY (USING AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS).

 

While waiting for an announcement to open, 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.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/home

 

To learn more about the NRCS in Arkansas please visit http://www.ar.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 Arkansas NRCS plan to attend the following Career Fairs and Recruitment events. We encourage all interested students to stop by and talk to us in person if possible!

 

University of Arkansas All Majors Career Fair on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Louisana Tech University Fall Career Day, Thursday, September 26, 2013

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Career Fair on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Arkansas State University All Majors Career Fair on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Arkansas Tech University All Majors Career Fair on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual College and Career Fair at Texas A&M University at Texarkana on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday October 17, 2013.

Note: This announcement may be updated as other recruitment events are added.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Not applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

ALICIA WYLES
Phone: (501)301-3180
Email: ALICIA.WYLES@AR.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
USDA NRCS CENTRAL
700 W CAPITOL AVE
LITTLE ROCK, AR
72201
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

AR-13-962790-AW

Control Number:

351758700