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USDA Rural Development has job openings in Puerto Rico

Miguel A. Ramirez
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Release Date

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USDA Rural Development has job openings in Puerto Rico that we want to bring to your attention. Please share this within your networks and with anyone who may be a good fit.    


Now Hiring Community Liaisons for USDA's Rural Partners Network   


The Rural Partners Network (RPN) is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between federal agencies and networks of local leaders and stakeholders working together to improve the community and economic well-being of rural areas.  


USDA is hiring RPN Community Liaisons to work on the ground with selected Community Networks Community Liaisons will help rural people clarify community improvement priorities, navigate federal programs, build relationships, and identify additional resources to promote locally driven solutions. These community networks and their municipals are listed below:



Complete applications must be submitted by December 12, 2022. 


Learn More During Zoom Office Hours 


We have scheduled virtual office hoursfor prospective applicants to ask questions via Zoom but note the deadline to apply December 12th.


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Frequently Asked Questions  


What does an RPN Community Liaison do? Each Community Liaison will be assigned to serve one or more selected RPN Community Networks. They work hand in hand with local people to help them build partnerships and engage with all segments of the community to clarify local needs and priorities. They also help local leaders navigate programs, access the combined resources of the federal government and others, develop successful applications for funding, and carry through on the community improvements that local people want.  


Who should apply? We are looking for people who recognize the assets and opportunities that exist within our diverse rural populations. The Community Liaisons we hire will have experience and/or specialized training in rural community and economic development, be dedicated to creating opportunity equitably, and commit to helping local people create the future they want for their communities.  


Who would I work for and where? The Rural Partners Network is led by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Community Liaisons will be USDA Rural Development employees who report through the office of the Rural Development State Director for their location. 


Some telework is allowed, but we do require that each Community Liaison lives within the commuting area of the Community Network they are assigned to and are available to work onsite in those communities frequently. 


How do I apply? Each position listed above is open for two types of applicants:  

  • DE: for federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employeeAND the members of the general PUBLIC  
  • MP:  for current permanent federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligible, Farm Service Agency permanent county employees, 30-percent or more disabled Veterans, certain former overseas and Foreign Service employees, military spouses, interchange agreement and other miscellaneous authorities, people with disabilities,Peace Corpsand VISTA, and reinstatement-eligible employees 


Applicants should refer to the “How to Apply” section of the job announcement in USAJOBS for instructions to guide them through each step of the application process. This section may state deadlines and will list required supporting documents, such as a formal application and resume. Here are some resources and videos to help them get started:  


Complete applications must be submitted by December 12, 2022.  


Why work for USDA? USDA Rural Development is an employer of choice. We strongly believe in supporting our employees with desirable benefits which compare favorably with other employers. We provide competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, which includes paid vacation, sick leave, health coverage and retirement plans, thrift savings plans, life and long-term care insurance, and flexible spending accounts. 


We know that maintaining a balance between your professional and personal responsibilities is vital to your happiness and your professional success.  We offer a number of programs aimed to help you achieve work/life balance including health and wellness programs, employee assistance programs, alternate workplace arrangements, and flexible work schedules. 

If have more questions, please email us at RuralPartnersNetwork@usda.gov


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