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    The Pathways Internship Program is for current diploma/certificate/degree-seeking students and is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in USDA/NRCS and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work while completing their academic requirements. For more information on the Pathways Internship, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

    Candidates selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion 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.

    The intent of this Internship is to convert the candidates to the Soil Conservation Series, 0457. To be eligible for the conversion, you must be a U.S. Citizen, satisfactorily complete all training and Pathways Program requirements, complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation, perform the job successfully and meet the position’s positive education requirements at graduation. The education requirements for the 0457 series are:

    • Degree in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. The study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science. OR
    • Combination of education and experience: at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown above, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
    Salary Ranges for the locations are:
    Canon City, CO- $11.32 - $14.24 per hour (Colorado Springs Pay Table)
    Franktown, CO- $12.15 - $15.29 per hour (Denver Pay Table)
    All Other Locations - $11.30 - $14.22 per hour (Rest of the US Pay Table)

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    As a Student Trainee (Soil Conservation), you will be performing the following duties under direct supervision; Assignments will be developmental in nature and will assist the employee gain the competencies necessary for a career:

    • Receives intensive and specialized training in all phases of soil and water conservation and related natural resource conservation programs.
    • Learns to perform surveys, set construction stakes for a variety of practices, and completes basic designs of commonly used practices for location selected.
    • Assists in program and conservation planning for a variety of soil and water conservation practices, dependent upon location selected, may or may not include some or all of the following: terraces, diversions, waterways, farm drainage systems, water control structures, irrigation systems, and others.
    • Assists in gathering and assembling preliminary data for use in developing and applying basic conservation plans. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - As required to perform the duties of the position and complete the requirements of the Pathways Program

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/431983000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.