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    When selecting locations to be considered for, you may select up to 3 locations for consideration.  Select only those locations that you will report to no later than June 2018 to begin the internship. Depending on budget, NRCS may authorize a one-time gross housing stipend for the summer if the location selected for is outside the local commuting area of your temporary or permanent address, AND may also provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses necessary to get to and from duty station at the end of the work period (summer). Availability and the gross amount will vary by location.  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/

    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 and is at the discretion of the agency.

    Pathways Interns may convert to permanent or TERM positions in the same line of work they were initially appointed (Soil Conservationist, GS-0457-5/7/9).  To be eligible for the conversion, you must satisfactorily complete all Pathways Program requirements: complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation, and if applicable, meet the position’s positive education requirements at graduation. The education requirements that must be met for conversion from this position:

    •  Degree: 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.
    •  Combination of Education and Experience at least 30 semester hours in one or more of the disciplines as shown in 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.

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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/483593600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.