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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Engineering)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Natural Resources Conservation Service
Job Announcement Number:  NRCSPTHWYS-14-1081864-NR

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$12.07 to $20.84 / Per Hour
Friday, March 28, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014
Full Time - Internships
7 vacancies in the following location(s):
Eureka, CA View Map
Fresno, CA View Map
Templeton, CA View Map
Jamestown, ND View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
More Locations  (2)
Current College Students with Citizenship
Q - Nonsensitive


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.


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


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Satisfactory completion and adjudication of a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must register for Selective Service
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student
  • Must be taking at least a half-time academic courseload
  • Must be in good academic standing during duration of appointment
  • Grade point average must stay at least 2.0 and above
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must provide official transcripts and enrollment verification
  • Must sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement


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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.


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In order to be considered for Summer 2014 Pathways Intern Student Trainee (Engineer), GS-899-3/4, positions you must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements outlined in this announcement by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement Monday, April 07, 2014 and meet one of the following: 
GS-3:  Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study. 
GS-4:  Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree.

Education must be legible (preferably in English) and accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified.
*** 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 that education. *** Click this link for more information.
Note:  If conversion is offered for the position selected for, to qualify, positive educational requirements must be met prior to graduation as defined in the Qualifications Standards Handbook and must be able to complete 640 hours of work experience prior to completing degree course work requirements.

Other Conditions of Employment:

  • Operate a government-owned motor vehicle as an incidental driver. Must have a valid state driver's license.
  • Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Agriculture requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Suitability as a condition of placement in this Non-Sensitive level position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


How You Will be Evaluated:

Application materials received by the closing date will be used to determine whether you meet eligibility criteria for Pathways Internship Program and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire satisfy the requirements. 
All applicants who meet basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selection official in veteran’s preference order.  Preference will be given to applicants claiming veteran’s preference.  Applicants will not receive numerical ratings. For information on claiming veteran’s preference and required documents to verify your claim, refer to the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.
Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds for disqualification. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please review and follow all instructions carefully. 


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package: Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees:


  • Non-Competitive Conversion Eligibility: Candidate selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion from the Intern position to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met and there is an available position.  Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. 
  • Promotion/conversion to the next higher grade may occur without further competition once all legal and regulatory requirements are met to include management’s certification of the continuing need for performance of duties at the higher grade level.
  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies at each location.
  • Work Schedules: Selected Interns will be expected to work full-time (40 hours per week) during school summer breaks, and may be allowed to work part-time during the school year, depending on location/state selected.
  • Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as walking on rough terrain, jumping ditches and furrows, climbing steep banks, or negotiating other terrain features.
  • Housing Stipend: Depending on budget, NRCS may authorize a one-time gross housing stipend while working full-time during the summer if location selected for is outside the local commuting area of temporary or permanent address AND may also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses necessary to get the student from school to duty station and return to school at the end of the work period (summer).  Availability and gross amount will vary by state.
  • Depending on the location selected, if students work for more than one year they may be required to be mobile and work in other locations within the state selected thereafter.
  • Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as walking on rough terrain, jumping ditches and furrows, climbing steep banks, or negotiating other terrain features.


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You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this job announcement. We are available to assist you during normal business hours. Applying online is strongly recommended.  If applying online poses a hardship please contact the Agency Contact listed prior to the closing date for an alternate method.  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register, answer the required questions, create a resume, and submit all necessary documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status.”  Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online.”

Electronic Submission: To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 07, 2014, which includes the documents listed below in the Required Documents.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
1. To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete , complete this cover page using the following job announcement number, 1081864; and

2. Fax documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log in to your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

OPTION B - Only if you cannot apply online: 
Occupational Questionnaire must be submitted as follows:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire. View: View Occupational Questionnaire


2. Print the OPM Form 1203FX to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
3. FAX the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to 1-(478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring all faxed documents are transmitted and received in the system.


1. Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the "Major Duties," "Qualifications," and "How you will be evaluated" sections of this announcement.  
- Please ensure the following information is indicated in your resume:

  • Your full name, mailing address, phone numbers and/or best email you can be reached;
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience listing title, dates and hours per week worked, employer and supervisor contact information, if any;
  • School name;
  • Academic major;
  • Cumulative GPA;
  • Expected graduation date.

2.  Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
3.  You must submit a copy of your most recent grades or college transcripts as issued by the institution you are enrolled (showing courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify all education requirements. Electronic transcripts ok). Unofficial or online transcripts will be accepted. This information must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Non-submission of these documents will result in disqualification from further consideration. If you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
4.  If you are a veteran and you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.  
• If you are claiming 10-point veteran’s preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference,” plus proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating percentage of disability. 
• If you are still currently on active duty status you may be eligible for tentative preference. You must furnish a written document from the armed forces that certifies you are 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. For more information on veterans’ preference see
5. You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume.  However, it will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility. 


Nancy Reagan
Phone: (334)887-4544
Agency Information:
3381 Skyway Drive
Auburn, AL


You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration, possible interview and selection. We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Log in to your USAJOBS account at to check your application status. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Additional Duty Location Info

7 vacancies in the following locations:
Eureka, CA View Map
Fresno, CA View Map
Templeton, CA View Map
Jamestown, ND View Map
Cedar City, UT View Map
Roosevelt, UT View Map
Altoona, WI View Map

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