Open & closing dates
11/07/2018 to 11/14/2018This job will close when we have received 25 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more
Pay scale & grade
$20.03 to $26.04 per hour
Internships – This is a Career/Indefinite Internship position.
Full-Time – The work schedule is full-time.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Canon City, CO
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
All students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including preference eligible (veterans) meeting this criteria.
Explore a new career with the BLM – where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
The Royal Gorge Field Office is located in Canon City. Information about Canon City can be found at Town of Canon City.
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Your major duties will include but are not limited to:
* Leads or conducts field searches for populations of plant species;
* Photographs, collects, and mounts plant specimens encountered at important stages of development to facilitate field identification by less experienced personnel, Identifies and processes specimens for herbarium;
* Researches and catalogues and identifies status of various species through current literature or other sources;
* Collects ecological site information for sensitive, threatened, or endangered plants as well as population distributions, condition, trend, associated species, land form of occurrence, geology, and soil type to determine factors limiting distribution and potential for enhancement through management measures;
* Compiles data into appropriate reports. Enters and retrieves data from automated databases;
* To perform duties of this position requires the use of motor vehicles. In most cases this will be a 4-wheel drive vehicle or ATV. Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.
Job family (Series)
0499 Biological Science Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required;
- Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” Sections;
- You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
- have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
- Direct Deposit Required
This position is for students accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, on a full- or half-time basis (as defined by the academic institution in which the student is enrolled).
This is a career development, excepted service appointment under the BLM Pathways Internship Program that is expected to last more than one year. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which the selectee must provide an anticipated date for completing all degree program requirements, and show continual progression toward meeting the stated anticipated date.
The agency may noncompetitively convert a Career/Indefinite Intern who is a U. S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Intern meets all agency program requirements and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for the target occupational series at the time of completing all education requirements. If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be a Program Analyst with full performance level (FPL) of GS-11; however, the target position and FPL may change based on the need of the organization at that time.
You will need to submit your college transcripts or verification of current enrollment. Official transcripts are not required during the application process, but may be required before you report to work.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
1) Be at least 16 years of age or older for a non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position.
2) Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled at least half-time in a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking program in an accredited technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
3) Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience/education requirement(s)- please be sure to include this information in your resume.
To qualify for the GS-07, you must satisfy one of the following requirements:
1) Specialized Experience: You must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-06). Examples of specialized experience may include surveying, mapping and documenting a variety of wildlife species and habitat conditions; compiling occurrence and distribution data, cover maps, and herbarium study mounts; assisting in performing botanical studies and in constructing habitat improvement structures; compiling data obtained through soil inventory; and assembling data into a logical sequence for review.
2) Education Substitution: One year of graduate education in biological sciences or a directly related field.
3) Combination of Specialized Experience and Education: an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
If the position is filled at the lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level per the target full performance is permissible without further competition. The promotion is not guaranteed but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.
The entire period served as a Career/Indefinite Intern counts as the appointee’s trial period. Prior Federal civilian service is credited toward the completion of the required trial period in the same manner as prescribed in 5 CFR 315.802.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Frequent field work is necessary, which may involve some discomfort in extremes temperature or inclement weather and walking or riding vehicles over rough terrain. You may perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section).
Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.
Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veterans’ preference (TP); (4) Applicants eligible for 0-point veterans’ preference (SSP); and (5) Applicants not eligible for veterans’ preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.
This is for a Pathways Internship position that would lead to a full time permanent Biological Science Technician (Plants) within the Royal Gorge Field Office.
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Background checks and security clearance
Q – Nonsensitive
Drug test required
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the job-related questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
1) Verification of Enrollment: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required. -OR-
2) A letter from your accredited U. S. educational institution that verifies/reflects: (1) the degree/diploma/certificate program in which you are enrolled; (2) you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the educational institution), and (3) your anticipated graduation date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
3) Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the level of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
(a) For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
(b) For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. The SF-15 can be retrieved at SF-15.
(c) For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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.
For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary chart, please visit 2018 Colorado Springs Pay Chart
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
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
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If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet), you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
Agency contact information
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Colorado State Office
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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.
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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
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- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
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Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.