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Public Affairs Specialist (Recent Graduate) – United States Department of Agriculture


Many locations • Full-Time • Bachelor's Degree Required

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.


Locations will be Negotiable: Applicants interested in locations not specifically listed on the announcement are encouraged to communicate/negotiate location availability during the interview stage.


Duties

  • Assist with information, awareness, outreach, and strategic communication and marketing programs across the zone to communicate policies, programs, services and activities.

  • Assists with planning, design, and preparation of effective exhibits, posters, visual material for display; Assists with outreach material including fact sheets, postcards, flyers, mailers, and other visual materials for identified target audiences.

  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with other federal, state and local agencies, and private organizations on conservation across private lands.

  • Support projects led by senior staff requiring cross-team interaction within the organization.

  • Utilizes traditional and non-traditional means inform current and potential customers about programs, technical assistance, and conservation accomplishments.

Qualifications (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts. Failure to submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.)Basic Requirements: For the GS-05 level:

  • Degree: must possess a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree

  • Combination of education and experience:courses equivalent to a major and experience which demonstrates knowledge of writing and developing articles, feature stories, news releases, and photography; composing reports, talking points, briefing packets and power point presentations and assisting with the planning, design and preparation of visual information material related to a program

GS-7 Grade Level: In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualification requirement in order to be considered for this position:

  • Specialized Experience: you must possess at least one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level or higher in the Federal service (or private sector equivalent), demonstrating knowledge of writing and developing articles, feature stories, news releases, and photography; composing reports, talking points, briefing packets and power point presentations and assisting with the planning, design and preparation of visual information material related to a program.

  • OR Superior academic achievement in a bachelor's degree a curriculum directly related to the work of the position. To qualify for superior academic achievement, you must have ONE of the following: (1) standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision at the time you apply; (2) grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed, either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum; (3) B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a related discipline, either (a) at the time of application or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum; OR (4) election to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Society;

  • OR Education Substitution: One (1) year of graduate-level education in public affairs or a course of study directly related to the position.

  • OR Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.

GS-9 Grade Level: In addition to meeting one of the Basic Requirements above, applicants must meet the following Minimum Qualification requirement in order to be considered for this position:

  • Specialized Experience: To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, you must possess at least one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in the Federal service (or private sector equivalent), demonstrating knowledge of writing and developing articles, feature stories, news releases, and photography; composing reports, talking points, briefing packets and power point presentations and assisting with the planning, design and preparation of visual information material related to a program.

  • OR Substitution of Education in Lieu of Specialized Experience: Possess two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in public affairs or a course of study directly related to the position.

  • OR Possess a combination of graduate-level education and experience, as described above, may be used to qualify for this position. This combination must have equipped you with the necessary knowledge and/or experience to successfully perform the duties of this position. Combinations of experience and education must total at least 100% as outlined in OPM Qualifications policy.

To view the position's Qualification Requirements of the associated occupational series as outlined in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, General Schedule Qualifications Standards. See the link below: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=0400-ndx Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 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. This paid appointment may offer additional Recruitment and Relocation incentives. It may allow for Student Load Repayment Program opportunities. Please see additional information in the announcement below.


For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/job/753641000#


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