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    Direct Hire Authority – Post Secondary Students (PSS)

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The PSS was established within the Department of Defense to allow the direct hire appointment of students to positions in professional and administrative occupations.
Applications are accepted when there is a need and jobs will be posted here: https://www.nrl.navy.mil/careers/opportunities/
Appointments can be NO (Administrative Professional), and NC (Administrative Support) career track positions, however, conversion after graduation must be to a NO position. Post-secondary students are initially appointed to a term appointment for a period that is expected to last for more than one year, but no more than 4 years.
Eligibility & Qualifications:
NRL seeks students enrolled on a full-time basis at a qualifying educational institution and have completed at least one full year of the academic program. Applicants must provide proof of continuous enrollment at the time of application. Selectees must maintain eligibility for a security clearance and meet any OPM qualification standards required by the position.
GPA Requirement:
Students in the NO (Administrative Professional), and NC (Administrative Support) must maintain a 2.5 GPA (based on 4.0 scale)
Work Schedule/Leave:
Students can work full-time or part-time. Students may work year-round or during the summers and go on LWOP to return to school in the fall and spring. Students will earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave each pay period (prorated for part-time work schedules).
Conversion upon Graduation:
Students may be non-competitively converted to permanent positions in the NO career track provided they meet the OPM qualifications for the series. Conversion is not guaranteed or mandatory. For guidance on qualifying educational institutions and programs or for any other concern, contact the program coordinator by email at PSS@nrl.navy.mil.
Additional Information:
Salary is set commensurate with selectee’s background, experience, and market considerations. The Naval Research Laboratory is under an approved Personnel Demonstration Project. To learn more about our Demonstration Project, as well as our benefits package, applicants are encouraged to visit NRL’s Careers web site at http://www.nrl.navy.mil/careers.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military status or other non-merit factor.
Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should include a reasonable accommodation request in the email with your application materials. If you are contacted for an interview, every effort will be made to meet the needs of your accommodation request. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.


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