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Student Trainee (Biology),Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center,11-05-2020,USA Gov

2020-11-05 USAJob USA Government

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  • Open & closing dates

    11/05/2020 to 11/12/2020

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7

  • Salary

    $43,251 to $56,222 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules


  • Flagstaff, AZ FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to

  • Students

    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

Open to all qualified students who are U.S. citizens and meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below.

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  • Duties


    General Information: In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified. Part-time (16-32 hours per week) while in school; Full-time during school breaks and summer.

    Salary: $43,251 (Step 01) to $56,222 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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    The USGS Southwest Biological Science Center is seeking undergraduate, graduate level student working towards a degree in Biology to gain practical experience in gathering, organizing, and interpreting a wide variety of biological, ecological, pathological, public use data or other information pertinent to scientific studies or investigations.

    As a Student Trainee (Biology) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of developing and maintaining computer databases; gathers, analyzes, tabulates and summarizes scientific, programmatic, and or budgetary data.

    Duties include:

    • Gathers, organizes, and interprets a wide variety of biological, ecological, pathological, public use data or other information pertinent to scientific studies or investigations.
    • Develops and maintains computer databases; and gathers, analyzes, tabulates and summarizes scientific, programmatic, and/or budgetary data.
    • Performs assignments in planning the approach and collecting data needed to carry out less complex studies or portions of larger biological science investigations of fishery resources and aquatic habitat conditions.
    • Recommends minor modifications to program objectives and associated documentation in accordance with established program directives. Conducts limited program analyses, and reviews results of small studies or investigations.
    • Drafts sections of reports that include minor recommendation for changes, elimination, or improvement of operations and program plans. Prepares reports on progress and completion of studies. Performs data analysis and writes reports to evaluate findings.
    • Uses electronic balance, water quality data recorders, stereo microscopes and other scientific equipment in the laboratory and field.
    Physical Demands & Work Environment: Most work is in an office setting and primarily sedentary; however, data collection efforts and other field assignments involves outdoor work where there is considerable hiking and climbing over rough terrain in a steep canyon environment. The incumbent may make occasional field trips to collect data or to assist in data collections efforts in support of biological, physical and cultural research. Field trips may require foot travel over rugged and remote terrain, river travel by oar powered or motor-powered boat, and localized air travel via helicopter.

    This field work often involves extreme exertion, including hiking in Grand Canyon; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; wading in streams in all types of weather; long hours; nighttime work; and off-road driving. Personal protective safety
    equipment is required to meet Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Adequate health, physical abilities, and any prerequisite survival training are necessary to complete field work. The position will require experience leading extended duration, with self-supported backpacking trips in remote locations under extreme heat/cold conditions.

    The work is normally performed in an office environment, where incumbent may be subjected to moderate noise levels, and normal temperature fluctuations from heating and air conditioning. Some work may be in an outside environment for periods of time up to one or two weeks. The incumbent may be required to drive remote, unpaved roads and hike trails in extreme weather conditions with temperatures ranging from 25° F to 120° F in rugged terrain at elevations ranging in altitude over a vertical mile. Work in the field may involve exposure to a range of weather, temperature and terrain conditions with exposure to sun, wind, poisonous plants, insects, and reptiles.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel an average of 7 - 10 days per month for this position.

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    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0499 Biological Science Student Trainee

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583450600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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