NRCS values a diverse staff. To promote diversity NRCS does the following:
Provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age (40+), physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, political beliefs, parental status, or protected genetic information in its policies, practices, and working conditions;
Encourages employees to fully develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities through on-the-job training, work study, and other measures, so that they may perform at their highest potential and advance in accordance with their abilities;
Takes affirmative action to eliminate under representation of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities who have not participated in the workforce in representative numbers because of past statutory, economic, or social restrictions;
Develops positive working relationships with special interest organizations and educational institutions to improve conditions that affect employability, and inform these groups of employment opportunities;
Counsels employees and applicants who believe they have been subjected to discrimination; and
Attempts resolutions of all discrimination complaints promptly and impartially in the informal stage.