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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is NOWCC
NOWCC, the National Older Worker Career Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to meeting employers' needs for competent workers by providing access to individuals age 55 and over, and to enhance lifelong employment opportunities of experienced workers through training, job placement, education, research and advocacy. NOWCC is based in Washington, DC and operates the nationwide SEE and ACES Program, providing full-time and part-time assignments for professionals with diverse skills through field offices in Washington, DC; Dallas, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.

What is the SEE Program
The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program, created and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, places individuals age 55 and over in full-time and part-time positions at federal, state, and local environmental agencies. Authorized by the Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984, this successful program offers temporary support assignments ranging from clerical to editing, writing, engineering, and scientific.

What is the ACES Program
The Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program, created and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, began in 2005 as a pilot project.  The program places individuals age 55 and older in full-time and part-time positions at the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, the program offers temporary technical and professional support assignments.

What benefits do ACES/SEE participants receive
Participants receive accrued vacation, sick leave, federal holidays, one Individual Holiday, and if they are authorized to work 60 hours or more per pay period, they will be offered paid health insurance.

Do participants receive health insurance? May participants cover their dependents?
For those participants who are authorized to work 60 or more hours per pay period, health insurance is offered. Dependent health care coverage is not available. 

Does the NOWCC web site show all open ACES/SEE positions?
The Web site shows all currently available open positions. Click here to find assignments available in your area.

If you do not find positions you are currently interested in, may you send in your resume anyway?
Yes, if you are age 55 or over, you may send in resumes at any time to the appropriate NOWCC Field Office. Click here to find the field office that supports your area.

Are the positions permanent?
ACES and SEE positions are not permanent. Participants sign a renewable, one-year enrollment agreement.

Are participants considered civil servants?
Participants in the ACES and SEE Programs work under the daily direction of a federal employee. However, participants are not considered to be employees of EPA, USDA, or NOWCC. They instead occupy a special status of "Enrollees" because they are enrolled in a grant-funded program.

Do ACES/SEE Program earnings affect an individual's Federal employee retirement annuity?
ACES/SEE Program earnings do not affect an individual's Federal employee retirement annuity.

How often do participants get paid?
NOWCC issues payments to Enrollees on a biweekly basis.