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NOWCC ERS Experienced Services Program Participants (Enrollees), assist USDA-Economic Research Service in fulfilling the agency mission. Enrollees serve in administrative, technical and professional positions to carry out a variety of assignments.

For complete information about benefits, policies and procedures, please contact your NOWCC Field Office Staff.

Ask your Monitor to:   Contact your NOWCC Field Office if you:
  • clarify assignments
  • determine regular work schedules
  • approve timesheets
  • approve leave
  • resolve initial problems
  • have problems filling out your electronic timesheet
  • have questions about the use of leave or other benefits
  • have questions about your paycheck
  • are returning to your assignment after an extended medical absence
  • have a problem you cannot resolve with your Monitor
  • have concerns about your health or safety
  • are injured while on duty

Enrollment Agreement 

Under the federal statutory structure of the Experienced Services Program, ESP Enrollees do not have employee status with either ERS or NOWCC. Enrollees are not eligible to receive the benefits accorded to Federal government employees nor NOWCC employees.  Enrollees are eligible to receive benefits listed in this enrollee handbook.

Before an enrollee can begin an assignment under the ESP an Enrollment Agreement must be executed.  NOWCC Experienced Services Program Enrollment Agreements are between the Participant (Enrollee) and NOWCC.  Following are the wage range set for each position level:

Position Level Wage Range
1 $16.00 - $32.00
2 $24.00 - $40.00
3 $30.00 - $52.00
4 $42.00 - $82.00

Workers's Compensation

Report any work-related accident, injury or illness at the earliest opportunity to your Monitor who will contact the NOWCC Field Office with details. The NOWCC ERS Experienced Services Program workers' compensation insurance carrier (The Hartford) will be notified by the NOWCC Field Office if necessary.

It is important to seek immediate medical attention if seriously injured.  For instructions on how to locate the Hartford's Preferred Providers and Pharmacies click here.

If You Leave the Program

A resignation should be submitted in writing, with notice, if possible. Remember to address your resignation to your NOWCC Field Office and copy your Monitor.

Prior to Leaving: All ERS property must be returned to your Monitor.

Last Paycheck: Your final paycheck will be issued to you in the same manner you have requested for all paychecks to be issued