Job Overview


The Natural Resource Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. (

NRCS is recruiting students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program. These positions are expected to be filled by May 2014. Postions to be filled are Student Trainees in Soil Conservation. The program allows students (ranging from high school to graduate school) to gain real, paid federal work experience while pursuing a college degree in a particular career field. Work locations will vary each summer and the duties and locations are designed to provide hands on experience and training in the specific discipline for which hired.  

Student Trainees must be in good academic standing, as defined by the institution they are attending, and must meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of their Internship appointment. Student Trainees who need to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

Within 120 calendar days after completing educational requirements of the position and Pathways Program requirements, Student Trainees may be eligible to non-competitively convert to a career conditional or TERM appointment. If non-competitively converted, the full promotion potential of the position will be to the GS-9 grade level.  Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the need of the agency.

Hourly wage listed above is a range. However, some locations listed may offer additional locality pay. To determine the salary for a specific location go to:  

This vacancy is limited to the first 500 applications received.  This vacancy will remain open until the 500th application is received OR midnight on the closing date of this announcement; which ever happens first.


* Assists with or performs a wide variety of soil conservation duties such as maintaining accurate field notes, preliminary drafting and sketch work, recording of layout work such as contour lines and field boundaries, determining acreages, assembling maps and aerial photographs, and other related work.

* Learns to perform surveys and set construction stakes for a variety of soil and water practices
* Assists in program and conservation planning for a variety of soil and water practices such as terraces, diversions, waterways, farm drainage systems
* Assists in gathering and assembling preliminary data for use in developing and applying basic conservation plans.
* Receives intensive and specialized training in all phases of soil and water conservation and related natural resource conservation programs.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 5%

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    30 vacancies in the following locations

    • Batesville, AR
    • Conway, AR
    • Hope, AR
    • Danielson, CT
    • Hamden, CT
    • Elkader, IA
    • Greenfield, IA
    • Jefferson, IA
    • Malvern, IA
    • Marion, IA
    • Rock Rapids, IA
    • Spencer, IA
    • Tipton, IA
    • West Union, IA
    • Bellaire, MI
    • Coldwater, MI
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • Saginaw, MI
    • Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    • Elizabethtown, NC
    • Lumberton, NC
    • Waynesville, NC
    • Knoxville, TN
    • Boydton, VA
    • Chesapeake, VA
    • Altoona, WI
    • Appleton, WI
    • Onalaska, WI
    • Huntington, WV
    • Philippi, WV