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You Can Make A Difference! Challenging Careers in the Natural Resources Conservation Service
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service needs people who are committed to action.
NRCS is looking for people who want to apply their education and experience to make sure that all of us enjoy the benefits of. . .
and clean water.
You can be one of those people!
About NRCS… Before we discuss the people and careers of NRCS, here is some information about NRCS and its importance as a conservation leader.
Who We Are. . . NRCS resulted from troubled times -- The Dust Bowl Days of the 1930 s. Dust storms ravaged the Nation’s farmland, stripping away millions of topsoil.
Who We Are. . . Huge dust clouds carried the soil hundreds of miles. . .
Who We Are. . . all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Who We Are. . . Since that time, NRCS has kept a commitment to protecting and conserving soil and other natural resources on America’s private lands.
Who We Are. . . We work with customers to help them reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and to preserve the Nation’s natural resources.
Who We Are. . . At NRCS, we take pride in our partnerships. We work with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and others to inform people about the importance of conserving natural resources.
What’s Great About NRCS? 8 You work with great people who live on the land love the land. 8 NRCS is recognized as a global leader in soil science and technology. The agency uses science and research to create understandable and effective solutions to natural resource problems. 8 You can see the difference you make every day on the landscape.
Who Are We Looking for? NRCS is looking for dedicated people seeking the opportunity to preserve our natural resources.
Where Do You Fit In? NRCS Opportunities Include: • Student Temporaries • Student Internships • Career Intern Positions • Earth Team Volunteers • Professional Career Positions • Entry Level Positions
Who Are We Looking for? Student Temporaries Students may qualify for the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This program provides an excellent opportunity for students who have not yet declared a major to explore the fields of agriculture, natural resources and conservation.
Who Are We Looking for? Student Interns College students may qualify for the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). Interns work for and learn from NRCS professionals in their field of study. Participation in this program can open doors to exciting career possibilities.
Who Are We Looking for? Career Interns College graduates may qualify for the Career Intern Program (CIP). Career interns work full-time with benefits and receive accelerated training opportunities. Interns qualify for a career conditional appointment upon successful completion of a two year appointment.
Who Are We Looking for? Earth Team Volunteers The program offers outstanding and exciting opportunities for people in search of professional work experience or academic credit or who just want to do their part to preserve and protect the natural resources.
Who Are We Looking for? Career Professionals NRCS career professionals work with private landowners to develop conservation plans that meet their personal goals and objectives.
Who Are We Looking for? Entry Level Opportunities NRCS offers entry-level positions for those who are seeking opportunities to explore various options toward a meaningful career.
What Careers Does NRCS Offer? NRCS offers career opportunities for college graduates and others who want to work in conservation and natural resources.
NRCS Careers. . . Soil Conservationists • offer conservation planning and technical assistance to farmers and local government officials • suggest ways to conserve the soil, improve water quality, manage nutrients, and protect and improve wildlife habitat • help people set local conservation priorities • plan, lay out, design, and implement conservation practices
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications - Soil Conservationists Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in soil conservation or a related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering. Coursework must include a minimum of 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field. At least 12 semester hours must be in a combination of soils and crops or plant science and must include a minimum of 3 semester hours in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science.
NRCS Careers. . . Soil Conservation Technicians • show clients how to install conservation practices and oversee the quality use of those practices • follow-up to check the progress and results of the practices and update the landowner’s conservation plan
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications - Soil Conservation Technicians Candidates must have a high school diploma, knowledge of farm and ranch operations, and experience with conservation practices.
NRCS Careers. . . Engineers • establish streambank and erosion control measures and water supply systems • design waste management systems and concrete and earthen dams • work with community leaders to address urban erosion, stormwater, or flooding concerns
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications - Engineers Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Areas of emphasis include: agricultural, civil, and environmental engineering.
NRCS Careers. . . Engineering Technicians • survey the land • plot data • lay out and design construction measures • inventory and correlate data • make computations • prepare maps and cross sections of landscape profiles
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications – Engineering Technicians Candidates must have a high school diploma, knowledge of engineering principles, techniques and methods, and the ability to use engineering survey instruments and computer technology.
NRCS Careers. . . Rangeland Management Specialists • provide technical assistance to manage rangelands for many uses • work with landowners to match livestock, wildlife and recreational goals with available resources • develop plans to maintain the balance between land capabilities and the present and future needs of the public
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications – Rangeland Management Specialists Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in range management or a related discipline. Coursework must include at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management including: • rangeland management – at least 18 semester hours • related plant, animal, and soil sciences – at least 15 semester hours including at least one course in each of the following: plant science, animal sciences. and soil science • at least 9 semester hours in related management subjects
NRCS Careers. . . Biologists • provide technical support on fish and wildlife habitat development or wetland restoration • suggest ways to manage fish and wildlife populations and restore or develop habitat
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications - Biologists Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
NRCS Careers. . . Soil Scientists • map and classify soils • identify soil problems, such as compaction and erosion • create digital soil maps and databases • prepare and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and resources • sample soils and evaluate soil quality
NRCS Careers. . . Qualifications - Soil Scientists Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in soil science or related discipline. Course work must include 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical or earth science with 15 semester hours in subjects as soil genesis, soil physics, soil chemistry, and soil fertility.
Other Careers in NRCS. . . Agricultural Economist Agronomist Archeologist Business Administration • Accountant • Office Automation Assistant or Clerk • Human Resource Manager • Contract Specialist • Public Affairs
Other Careers in NRCS. . . Cartographer Environmental Specialist Forester Geographic Information Specialist Geologist And Much More!
Placement and Salary Placement NRCS has more than 2, 500 field locations throughout the United States. In Oklahoma, NRCS has more than 100 field, zone, soil survey, resource conservation and development, and technical service offices. Salary Starting salaries are competitive with those of other government agencies and the private sector.
Training and Advancement Training Many opportunities for on-the-job and classroom training. Advancement Many promotion opportunities. Broaden your advancement by successfully completing varied work assignments.
Employee Benefits. . . Health Insurance Life Insurance Retirement Benefits Vacation Sick Leave Flexible Work Schedules TSP (401 K)
Us Out! • Try us out as an Earth Team Volunteer! • Visit an NRCS professional in your career field in one of our field offices • Visit our website at www. ok. nrcs. usda. gov • Contact Human Resources in the NRCS Oklahoma State Office at (405) 742 -1209
Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs. ) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc. ) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202 -720 -2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326 -W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250 -9410 or call (202) 720 -5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. ”
For More Information Contact your local NRCS office listed in the phonebook under “United States Government”, visit our website at: www. ok. nrcs. usda. gov, or contact Human Resources at (405) 742 -1209
You CAN make a difference!