About the Agency
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known
worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation. Our mission
is simply "Helping People Help the Land."
announcement is open to applicants who have completed a qualifying
associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or
technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such
as an accredited technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or
university, a graduate or professional school, or a post-secondary home school
curriculum within the previous two years. Exceptions to the two-year limit may be made
for applicants who graduated between 12/27/2010 and 7/10/2012, and for veterans
precluded from applying within two years of graduation due to their military
service obligation (those veterans may have up to six years after degree
completion to apply). Click here
for more information. If you do not meet this criteria you will not be considered for this announcement.
The Pathways Recent Graduates Program is a 1-year Excepted Appointment program structured to help prepare and promote individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying education institutions or programs for a possible career in the federal government. This particular position is a developmental position located in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania, and is intended to prepare the applicant for a career as a Soil Conservationist, assisting our agency in carrying out conservation programs and activities. Applicants will be hired at either the GS-5 or GS-7 level, and if they successfully complete the program may be non-competitively converted to the competitive service after one year.
As a Soil Conservationist
under the USDA Pathways Recent Graduate Program you will serve in a trainee
capacity, performing routine and recurring developmental assignments that will
help you acquire knowledge and understanding of the functions, principles, practices,
and methods used to accomplish conservation activities and objectives. Some of
those duties include:
with peers to provide technical assistance to individuals and groups of farmers
in the development, application, and maintenance of a wide variety of soil and
water conservation plans and practices.
in the analysis of workload; the development of business plans; the
establishment of goals in line with needs, available manpower and other
resources; and other facets of field office operations.
administer Farm Bill programs offered to producers in the assigned location,
including explaining programs and eligibility requirements; develop
conservation plans and contracts related to those programs; design, install,
inspect, and certify conservation practices; and more.
a government owned motor vehicle as an incidental driver.
- Occasional Travel
- approximately 10%