NOAA Rotational Assignment Program

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Despite tight budgets for training and travel, you can increase your skillset and increase your value to your current program via the NOAA Rotational Assignment Program (NRAP).

This NOAA-wide initiative offers you the opportunity to compete for short-term rotational assignments in programs across all NOAA Line and Staff Offices.

This year, managers have submitted some assignments that may be worked remotely -- that is, from your current location using technology (such as video conferencing, webcams, gotomeeting, VPN client, etc.). This will allow you to work from your current location.

Participants may negotiate their NRAP schedule too. Perhaps you will work the assignment 4 days a week, and devote 1 day to your current job, or some other agreement that satisfies all. This may help your supervisor approve your participation because your major duties will be covered.

Application deadline is COB, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

The NRAP application/selection process steps are:

  1. Review assignments — search the online list of opportunities for an assignment that will increase your skill set. You may apply for up to three assignments.
  2. Pre-approval — discuss participating in NRAP with your Home Office supervisor to ensure you can be released from your job. Use the Productivity Transfer Worksheet (docx) to plan how your workload would be handled if you’re selected for an assignment.
  3. Draft your application — use Draft NRAP Application Form (docx) to craft your application before applying online. Some sections limit the number of characters.
  4. Apply — copy and paste your draft application text into the online form. You and your supervisor will receive an email confirmation when you submit your application.
  5. Approval — your Home Office supervisor must email his or her approval for your participation in NRAP.
  6. Review — the NRAP Program Manager sends approved applications to the assignment’s Host Office Supervisor.
  7. Review — the NRAP Program Manager sends approved applications to the assignment’s Host Office Supervisor.
  8. Matches — the NRAP Program Manager will email you the results, if you are matched to an assignment or not. You may receive more than one offer (if you apply to multiple assignments) or none (if you are not selected).
  9. Assignments — begin as negotiated between you and your Home and Host Office Supervisors, and may last up to 1 year.


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