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    The Pathways Recent Graduate Program is for recently graduated or graduating individuals who are looking for developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service. Recent Graduates will serve on this appointment for one year learning the fundamentals of the position for which they can be converted.  For more information on the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

    Location Consideration:  When choosing locations, please select only those locations that you will accept and relocate to if selected.  You will be expected to report shortly after completing the pre-employment requirements or upon conferring your degree.  Relocation expenses will not be paid.   The salary for each location may vary depending on locality.  Locality tables may be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ . The Wasilla, AK and Homer, AK locations includes a COLA of 6.91%. The Fairbanks, AK location includes a COLA of 5.31%.  For more information on COLAS: COLA Information.

    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 Recent Graduate Program are met and there is an available position. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the agency.

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    As a Soil Scientist (Recent Graduate), 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:

    • Utilizes soil-landscape relationships to systematically map and describe the way soils occur in the landscape. 
    • Identifies and acquires the appropriate spatial data layers necessary to create and maintain a digitally-based soils map . 
    • Determines and applies principles, practices, and methods to apply plant species identification and the use of plants as indicators of soil type, ecological sites, and soil-site and topographic relationships.
    • Assists Soil Scientist and/or the MLRA Soil Survey Leader to document soil-plant relationships, collect production estimates for crops, trees and grasses and develop/gather other information for ecological site descriptions.

    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…

    Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years.  Note:  Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455764100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.