To be eligible for this program, applicants must be:
- A degree-seeking college student enrolled for at least a half-time courseload at an accredited institution of higher education. Major field of study MUST be in Public Affairs, Public Relations, Journalism, Communication, Marketing, or another discipline closely related to and qualifying for the position being filled (i.e. Student Trainee Public Affairs).
- A student in good standing and having a record as a student that is in all respects anticipating graduation. Student must maintain at least a 2.0 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent, and maintain a grade of C or better at all times in the major field of study.
- Must have at least one year of academic study reamaining toward completion of current academic degree.
- Must be able to complete 640 hours of work experience (includes 40 hours of mandatory training) prior to completing degree course work requirement to qualify for potential conversion to a permanent position.
- Interested in long-term permanent employment with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Utah.
- Able to meet all physical, medical, security, and Federal eligibility requirements.
Students will be hired under the following GS levels that will determine salary:
·Applicants at the GS-3 level must have completed 1 academic year of qualifying post high school study (1 academic year equals 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).
·Applicants at the GS-4 level must have completed 2 academic years of qualifying post high school study or have completed their Associates degree.
Note: Not all education is qualifying. Qualifying education is education that will be creditable towards and/or lead to a bachelor's or higher degree in a field directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job (i.e. for this announcement education that will help qualify the student for the GS-1035 Public Affairs series).
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Note the processing of this vacancy announcement will not be held/delayed pending your evaluation of foreign education. You must adequately document that you meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Students must be at least 16 years of age.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Must complete and pass a background and security investigation.
All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement Sunday, December 15, 2013
A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be accepted for Federal employment. If you received a degree abroad, contact the agency to which you are applying for guidance regarding having your degree reviewed by a U.S. based credential evaluation service.
If you are a student veteran, complete the questionnaire and submit documentation (DD Form-214, SF-15 and proof of requested on the SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veteran's preference or DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference or VEOA eligibility (separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service. If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service menber is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.
Students with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
What qualifies as an accredited educational institution?
A high school/GED whose curriculum has been approved by a state or local governing body, or a home-curriculum; and any accredited technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college or university, a graduate or professional, or a post secondary home school curriculum.
Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, students should completely review the job description. Students should not apply for positions, if they do not meet both the required minimum qualifications AND any selective factors described in the announcement.
If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you can meet both the minimum qualifications and selective factors, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your qualications for Federal positions, you should create a more detailed resume and or coverl letter to use when applying for Federal postions. Your resume must include:
Complete course work (unit/credit hours)
Work and/or volunteer experience including employment dates (month/year to month/year), salary, hours per week and supervisor informaton.
Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, country of citizenship, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.
Salary will be determined based on academic classification using the general schedule (GS) grade levels.
Your application will be evaluated based upon review of your entire application package, including the responses you provide on the Occupational Questionnaire. The questionnaire will help determine your level of compentency (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) in the following areas:
- Knowledge of grammar
- Skill with written communications
- Skill with oral communications
- Knowledge of computer programs
- Skill in organizing, control and file correspondence
Your opportunity for consideration may depend on how thoroughly you have prepared your application.
Your application will initially be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will first 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 qualified we will further evaluate your application package and questionnaire results to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the selection factors listed above. 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 possess a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.
Qualified: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but do not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.