Job Overview


Please Be Advised - This job opportunity announcement is amended to reflect this vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications received. This vacancy will remain open until the 200th application is received OR midnight on the closing date of this announcement; which ever happens first.

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:

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

This job opportunity announcement is for the Pathways Internship Program, and is open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are currently enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). Please review this entire job opportunity announcement for specific information on requirements for consideration.

NRCS is recruiting students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program. These positions are expected to be filled by May 2014. Positions to be filled are Student Trainees in Agricultural Engineering. 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-11 grade level.  Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the need of the agency.


The position is located in a State or field office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The incumbent serves on a designated staff and performs a variety of engineering technician related duties which include performing survey work and processing data using spreadsheets and engineering software.  Incumbent will also assist with construction inspection and layout.  This is a developmental position designed to prepare the incumbent for additional responsibilities.  The position is supervised by a designated higher graded employee.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Varies depending upon location, but averages 1 to 5 nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    7 vacancies in the following locations

    • Eureka, CA
    • Fresno, CA
    • Templeton, CA
    • Jamestown, ND
    • Cedar City, UT
    • Roosevelt, UT
    • Altoona, WI