Student Trainee (Soil Science)

  • Full-Time
  • Madison WI
  • Application deadline: 2021-10-26

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Positions are being filled under the Pathways Student Internship Authority which is designed to provide students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while in school.

If selected you must report no later than June 2022 to begin the internship.

Assignments will be developmental in nature and will assist the employee in gaining the competencies necessary for a career.


  • Performs developmental assignments of limited complexity that involve field examinations of soils by soil boring with an auger.
  • Works with a higher graded employee to make a determination of soil type and determine the amount of topsoil remaining.
  • The trainee examines soil borings, then compares soil samples with descriptions and legends to tentatively classify soil type.
  • Assists the MLRA Soil Survey Leader or designated employee in tabulating soil survey data. Assists in the maintenance of soil survey progress maps which indicate, by county, the location of areas mapped and the progress of soil surveys completed.
  • Performs developmental assignments to enable the employee to identify farm boundaries on aerial photographs, lay out photo coverage for mapping, and place match lines on photos. Attends soil survey office meetings.
  • Maintains accurate daily records of time distribution and work accomplishments and summarizes this information each pay period. Prepares and maintains various records and reports as required.
  • Performs duties in a manner supportive of civil rights policy without regard to political affiliation, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, handicap, or national origin.

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