Program Technician

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)

About the organization

Passionate About Agriculture and Looking for a Career? The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is looking to hire and train Farm Loan Employees!

As Farm Loan staff with FSA, you are able to truly make a difference in the lives of farmers and ranchers. This career path is loaded with opportunities to meet new people, learn essential skills and cultivate a deeper passion for agriculture! Employees work closely with farmers and ranchers to provide financial assistance. A career with FSA enables you to develop unique and creative strategies for customers success.

As part of USDA's new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, FSA has two primary functions: farm programs and farm loan programs. These programs provide a full range of support to producers, from beginning farmers and ranchers who need access to loans to start up their operations to established producers who endured catastrophic weather events and need disaster assistance or a strong financial safety net.



Positions will be filled using the Office of Personnel Management's Direct-Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement

For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit,


•Farm Loan Officer Trainees are required to successfully complete all of the requirements of the Farm Loan Training Program. Farm Loan Officer Trainees may be reassigned to another training office during their training program
•Providing technical advice, guidance, and credit counseling to loan applicants and borrowers.
•Makes recommendations on agency farm loan programs and eligibility requirements.
•Applies technical knowledge of farm financing and credit, financial management concepts and practices, farm operations, land use and value, production and marketing of various crops and livestock, and prices and markets in the serviced farming areas
•Recommends approval or disapproval of individual loans and guarantees above delegated amounts.
•Conducts interviews with loan applicants, reviews loan applications, and makes preliminary inquiries to develop factual information to assess the eligibility of applicants

Travel Required

Occasional travel may be expected for this position.


The qualifications for this position can be found in the Job Opportunity Announcement FSA-20-10692310-DHA at


$34,916 to $56,222 per year (Pay will be determined in accordance with the locality pay of the duty station.)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Application documents must be submitted as required per the Job Opportunity Announcement FSA-20-10692310-DHA at

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