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Natural Resources Specialist (Recent Graduate Pathways Program)


  • As a trainee, performs duties which are designed to orient the employee in the application of academic theories and basic natural resources principles to a variety of work situations.
  • Assignments may be similar to those assigned to nonprofessional employees, but such tasks are primarily for training purposes, or to relieve higher grade specialists of routine work.
  • Receives formal and on-the-job instructions and training designed to familiarize the incumbent with functions and operations of the organization, and to provide experience in the practical application of natural resources.
  • Assignments may include some or all of the following:
  • Inspects recreation sites and assists with the development of a wide range of recreation and trail plans and permits.
  • Participates in the development of environmental assessments and/or impact statements to formulate natural resource management recommendations and/or conclusions.
  • Applies geospatial technology to work performed in support of a natural resource management organization.
  • Collects and analyzes biological data pertaining to natural resources and environmental program activities.
  • Performs assigned phases of fire management, including serving as a member of a fire suppression crew.
  • Participates in assigned phases of unit administration such as budgeting and personnel management.
  • Drafts, reviews, and publishes natural resource plans, reports, compliance documents, evaluations and inspections.


For a full list of employment conditions, please see the vacancy announcement on

To be eligible, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years; OR
    If you are a current student who is in the process of completing your degree, academic documentation must accompany your application package to validate your upcoming graduation date (you must complete all degree requirements within nine months of the application closing date to be considered a Recent Graduate); OR
    Due to military service obligation, you were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduate Program during any portion of the two-year eligibility period described above. This eligibility period cannot extend more than six years from the date on which the requirement for the academic degree or certificate was received.

You must possess the qualifications requirements identified in the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS to be considered qualified for this position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.