Recent Graduates Program

Recent Graduates with BLM Employees

This new program targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. 

To be eligible, applicants must apply within 2 years of degree or certificate completion, except for veterans (as defined in 5 United States Code 2108) precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, which will have up to 6 years after degree or certificate completion.  Successful applicants will be placed in a dynamic, 1 year training and career development appointment. 

The features of this excepted service program appointment are as follows:

  • Require candidates to meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements outlined in the OPM Qualification Standard for the relevant occupational series or career path.
  • Intense 1 year on-the-job training and developmental program in the qualifying occupational series or career path.
  • Must enter into a written agreement that outlines the Recent Graduate and agency expectations, roles and responsibilities.
  • Create Individual Development Plan that outlines the . . .
    - Position-specific training needed to ensure career development and preparation for conversion.
    - 40 hours of formal interactive training during the 1year program appointment.
  • Assign a mentor outside of the chain of command.
  • Eligible for noncompetitive conversion into a permanent or term position upon successfully performing assigned duties and completing the agency career development and training program requirements.

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