Open & closing dates
11/07/2018 to 11/14/2018
Pay scale & grade
$29,847 to $29,847 per year
2 vacancies in the following locations:
This job is open to
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
Clarification from the agency
This is an internship for students who have recently been accepted in or are currently enrolled at least half-time in a certificate or degree seeking program in an accredited college/university, graduate, or professional school with the intent to pursue a degree in engineering or a related engineering field. Half-time is typically 6 semester hours for undergraduates but may be determined by the school.
The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. These Student Trainee positions will be filled as Intern appointments. The appointments are indefinite and are expected to last for the duration of the student’s academic attendance.
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These positions are designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service Office Support and Administration programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Assignments are developmental in nature and, in conjunction with formal education, the employee will gain the necessary competencies for a career in Office Support and Administration.
The duties of a GS-0399-04 Student Trainee (Administration and Office Support) are as follows:
-Receives training in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Administration and Office Support. Work assignments are usually clear-cut and designed to provide experience in a variety of activities.
-On a scheduled basis, following the Pathways Participant Agreement, receives assignments in various Administration and Office Support functions to gain an understanding of the various program concepts and operations, develop an understanding of the total mission as well as organizational/functional interrelationships, and develop a foundation for more specialized application of knowledge gained from on-the-job training assignments.
-Receives formal and on-the-job training in OPM, Department of Agriculture and Forest Service policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.
-Is instructed on the use of personal computers, and file and data management.
Two positions will be filled in two different locations. The tour of duty is part-time or full-time and may be filled at the GS-04 grade level. The target conversion position for the position located in Milford, PA is GS-0301-09. The target conversion position for the position located in Albuquerque, NM is GS-0303-07.
For information on the duties of the positions, please contact the following:
For the position located on the STATE AND PRIVATE FORESTRY, STATE AND PRIVATE FORESTRY, GREY TOWERS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE in MILFORD, PA, please contact LORI D MCKEAN at phone: 570-296-9672, or at email: email@example.com.
For the position located in the BUSINESS OPERATIONS CHIEF INFORMATION EXECUTIVE OFFICE in ALBUQUERQUE, NM please contact LA RENDA CELESTE KING at phone: 202-205-6560, or at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occasional travel – Less than 25% travel.
Job family (Series)
0399 Administration And Office Support Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a US Citizen or US National upon conversion
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
- Must be at least 16 years of age and meet education requirements
- Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check
- Must be enrolled at least half-time in a qualifying educational institution
- Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
- A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation
- Maintain Pathways program eligibility for the duration of the appointment
The candidate’s academic or career goals must be related to the position that they are appointed to.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must meet all of the following:
- Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship program prior to graduation.
- Complete a degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution.
- Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor.
- Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted to. Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.
- Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement.
- Perform the job successfully.
Applicants must meet the definition of a student – be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate. A certificate program is defined as a post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Candidate must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:
For GS-04: Completion of an associate’s degree or 2 academic years of post-high school study
Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.
Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used if it has been accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/
- Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible – Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
- This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
- BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
- Government housing and day care faculties are not available.
- The incumbents of Internship positions may be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where the employee’s services are needed as determined by management.
- Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.
- If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS “E-VERIFY” system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identification discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Please note, these positions are targeted toward students in the beginning of their undergraduate/certificate education.
If you are graduating in the same semester or term in which you are appointed, you must be able to complete 640 work hours prior to graduation.
Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, students should completely review the job description and requirements. Students should only apply for positions if they meet the required minimum qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement. Do not apply to a duty location if you are not willing to accept or travel to that location.
If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you meet both the minimum qualifications and the program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your status, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions.
Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.
Applicants, who meet the eligibility requirements of the Internship program and the basic minimum requirements established for the position, may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified applicants with veteran’s preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veteran’s preference.
To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=E2727919-953C-4EE3-90E6-A98F012953D0
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
1. Cover letter – optional (one page maximum)
2. Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) contact information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week, as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisor’s phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; 6) references (minimum of two); 7) other qualifications; and 8) graduation date (actual or anticipated).
3. College Transcripts – An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Transcripts, both unofficial and official, should include your full name, school name, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework, and degree program. If your school does not provide transcripts, or the transcript does not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional academic documentation from the school that meets the requirements above. This additional documentation may include a letter from the school’s registrar’s office or official enrollment verification. All transcripts must be in English or include English translation.
4. Acceptance letter – Students who have recently graduated or are expected to graduate in the current or next term must also include an official acceptance letter along with their transcripts to verify they are continuing their education.
5. If claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. If claiming 10-point preference you must also provide proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point veteran’s preference. The SF-15 should be included, but is not required. You will receive veteran’s preference based solely on the documentation provided with your application. For more information on veteran’s preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency’s staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Please view Tips for Applicants – a guide to the Forest Service application process.
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click “Apply Online” and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency’s staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
Agency contact information
HRM Contact Center
877-372-7248 option 2
USDA Forest Service
Please do not mail in application, see instructions under How to Apply tab
Albuquerque, New Mexico,
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Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.