Qualification Statement : Applicants must have a complete application package and meet the basic requirements listed below by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required to verify current enrollment. Proof of enrollment is acceptable for college/university students who do not yet have transcripts and are enrolled to attend the next semester/quarter/term.
Be a United States Citizen
Be at least 16 years old
Have at cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Be a high school student or a college/university student who is enrolled on at least a half-time basis as defined by your school.
Must be mobile to all locations throughout Montana upon initial placement and subsequent summers as well as well as upon graduation. Note: High school students are placed at the nearest field office to their home.
College/university students must be pursuing a degree in one of the following academic majors or related fields: Soil Science, Crop Science, Plant Science, Agronomy, Natural Resource Conservation, Range (Range Management/Range Ecology & Management/Range Resources), Agricultural or Natural Science related disciplines.
You must not graduate prior to the spring of 2017, OR if you graduate with a qualifying degree prior to the spring of 2017, you will immediately continue your education with another qualifying degree. Applicants who expect to graduate prior to the spring of 2017, but will continue their education must document what degree they will be working towards next as well as the anticipated graduation date for that degree in their resume and/or in a cover letter.
Grade Level Requirements :
GS-1: Attending high school or enrolled in a General Education (GED) program.
GS-2: Completion of high school or GED diploma and enrolled to attend a college/university to pursue a qualifying degree.
GS-3: Completion of at least 1 full academic year of post-high school study in pursuit of a qualifying degree.
Note: An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.
Education Notes: It is mandatory to submit college transcripts to document your education. Photocopies are acceptable for initial application. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with apositive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.
Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for your education.
Promotion Potential: Pathways Student Interns who continue to meet eligibility requirements may be promoted to higher-graded trainee positions when they return to work based on completion of portions of the education and student trainee work experience as follows:
To GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associates degree.
To GS-05: Completion of 4 years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or equivalent degree.
To GS-07: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or completion of 4 years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or equivalent degree while meeting the stipulations of Superior Academic Achievement.
To GS-09: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's or equivalent graduate degree.
Conversion Information: Student trainee positions may be made permanent within 120 days of graduation if the student is recommended for conversion by their supervisor and meets all qualification, eligibility and educational requirements. To help students determine whether their degree will be qualifying for conversion, the following basic educational requirements must be met upon graduation:
GS-0457 Soil Conservationist Basic Education Requirements: Method A or B
Method A: 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; OR
Method B. Combination of education and experience - at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in Method A above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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.
Physical Requirements: This work involves regular and physical exertion related
to conservation work in an outdoor environment, sometimes under adverse weather
conditions. Outdoor physical activities include walking and climbing for
prolonged periods of time over rough and mountainous terrain. This work also
involves exposure to operating agricultural equipment.
Valid Driver's License: You may be required to operate a motor vehicle on both
public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark.
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 http://www.sss.gov/.
Student Agreement: A written agreement is required between NRCS Montana and
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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, you will be referred to the hiring manager for
Veterans' preference eligibles who
meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and
are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles.
Veteran preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected
disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category,
except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or