Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a
leader in natural resource conservation, helping private
landowners, land users, and Tribal and local govern-
ments to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote
good land use, and implement other measures to pre-
serve the nation s natural resources for future genera-
tions. NRCS offers exciting career opportunities in
natural resources and the environment to students who
are still in college and to those who have already grad-
There are several means in which an applicant can
apply for employment opportunities with NRCS.
NRCS fills vacant positions from various sources —
new hires, internal placement and transfers from other
federal agencies. NRCS hires employees under per-
manent and temporary/excepted appointments. Such
positions may be filled on a full-time, part-time or
intermittent (work as needed) basis.
Vacancy announcements are posted on USAJOBS at:
NRCS accepts resumes, OF-612 Federal Employment
Forms or other documents containing the required
applicant information. Depending on the application
process, additional forms may be required.
Vacancy announcements are posted at:
announcement indicates whether the position is open
to everyone (meaning the public) or NRCS employees
only. It also specifically identifies the qualification
requirements and application process.
College graduates or seniors (within 9 months of
graduation) with educational emphasis in Soil
Science, Soil Conservation, or other natural resources
related disciplines are encouraged to apply to the con-
tinuously open vacancy announcement for Soil
Scientist and/or Soil Conservationist positions.
College coursework must include 30 semester hours
in a natural resources or agricultural field (including
12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops
or plant sciences). Based on the continuous vacancy
announcement, Office of Personnel Management