Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Natural Resource Career Development Program

The objective of the program is to promote NRCS as an employer of choice for diverse populations.  This program will help foster and cultivate undergraduate and graduate students as future leaders interested in agricultural careers in public service.  Educational workshops and activities will offer diverse students developmental techniques and tools in reasoning ability, self-confidence, goal-setting, leadership development and agricultural knowledge in conservation management and technology trends.  Specific workshops will assist students in understanding the Pathways program, learning how to apply through USAJOBS, and how to build a competitive application to better compete for NRCS internships and permanent jobs.  The ultimate objective is to employ TAMUK students as Pathways interns, and eventually, convert these students into entry-level permanent positions with NRCS.

For The Students

  • Provide support for up to 10 students for a practical work experience through an agency internship in coordination with NRCS.
  • Attending a NRCS Pathways/Career Development Workshop hosted at TAMUK.
  • Assistance in resume building and applying for the Pathways Program.

Project Director

Co-Project Directors


  • Dr. David Sotomayor (University of Puerto Rico)

Summer 2022

Student Name---NRCS Location

Emily-Rubene De Leon---Lincoln, NE
Krystal Lopez-Washburn---Kansas
Gabriel Aguilar---Curtis, NE
Josie Chapa---Iola, KS
Amberly Zaragoza---Sergeant Bluff, IA
Erik Zamora---Wibaux, MT
Javier Segovia---Mandan, ND
Elias Cortez---Dakota City, NE
Leslie Raya---Richland Center, WI
Susanne Torres---Clinton, TN

Summer 2019

Student Name---NRCS Location

Justin Briones---Columbia, MO
Kristina Cardenas---Davis, CA
Carlos Cavazos---Puerto Rico & Texas
Tori Davis---Puerto Rico & Texas
Adam Fonner---Russell, KS
Tessa Green---Holdrege, NE
Tenley Housler---Puerto Rico & Texas
Jennifer Mendez---Beaver, OK
Alexander Meza---Puerto Rico & Texas
Mercedes Ortega---Concordia, KS
Ayla Rangel---St. Peters, MO
Yolanda Reyes---Logan, UT
Derek Solis---Puerto Rico & Texas
Nathan Young---Sheridan, WY

Summer 2018

Student Name---NRCS Location

Julia Burchsted---Kirksville, MO
Scott Cardenas---Columbia, MO
Rae Deherrera---Logan, UT
Isabella Farias---Sioux City, IA
Miranda Farias---Boise, ID
Gilberto Hurtado---Afton, WY
Taylor McKinney---Liberal, KS
Travis Opiela---Scottsbluff, NE
Erika Rodriguez---Casper, WY
Adrianne Sullivan---Cherokee, OK

Summer 2017

Student Name---NRCS Location

Lazaro Bazaldua---Riverton, WY
David Campbell---Many, LA
Victoria Gutierrez---Tremonton, UT
Cassidy Hoyle---Columbia, MO
Sandra Reyes---Holdrege, NE
Doss Summers---Boise, ID