Student Trainee (Engineering & Architecture),Forest Service,10-10-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    10/10/2018 to 10/19/2018

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 03 – 05

  • Salary

    $26,587 to $33,394 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules


MANY vacancies in the following locations:


    Eureka, CA



    South Lake Tahoe, CA



    Coeur d’Alene, ID



    Kooskia, ID


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    Orofino, ID



    Hamilton, MT



    Watford City, ND



    Corvallis, OR



    Sandy, OR



    Springfield, OR


Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


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.



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    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 engineering 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 civil engineering.

    Duties listed below are for a GS-0810-09:

    • Conducts preliminary site investigations to obtain field data on existing structures, drainage areas, topography, and feasibility layout of facilities, in relation to terrain.
    • Performs location reconnaissance and flags routes along corridors established by the transportation plan and in conformity with logging system requirements.  Prepares location reports.  Determines and recommends alternate locations based on designated standards, management resource needs, and preliminary cost estimates.
    • Uses aerial photos, topographic maps, and knowledge of soil mechanics to investigate various routes for proposed roads and trials.

    These positions are located in the following locations: BU=Bargaining Unit and NON BU=Non Bargaining Unit

    Positions in the following locations are full performance GS-09 and BU eligible:

    • Eureka, CA – For additional information, please contact Victor Dumlao at 707-441-3654 or
    • South Lake Tahoe, CA – For additional information, please contact Michael Gabor at 530-543-2642 or
    • Coeur d’Alene, ID – For additional information, please contact Heath Perrine at 208-765-7408 or
    • Orofino and Kooskia, ID – For additional information, please contact Susan Graves at 208-935-4261 or
    • Hamilton, MT – For additional information, please contact Amber Richardson at 406-363-7160 or
    • Corvallis, Springfield, and Sandy, OR – For additional information, please contact Holly Jewkes at 541-225-6311 or OR Walter Hislop at 503-668-1799 or

    Positions in the following locations are full performance GS-09 and NON BU eligible:

    • Watford City, ND – For additional information, please contact Curtis Grudniewski at 701-842-8528 or

    The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

    If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – Travel could be required a few times a year for training and work assignments.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

  • Requirements

    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.

    Candidates 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-03: Completion of one full academic year of post-high school study

    For GS-04: Completion of an associate’s degree or 2 academic years of post-high school study

    For GS-05: Completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree

    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

    This position has a positive education requirement. The student must be currently enrolled in a Engineering related degree program that will satisfy on graduation the specific requirements in the qualification standard for the position.

    Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    The term positive education requirement refers to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determination that the duties of a scientific, technical, or professional position cannot be performed by an individual that does not have the prescribed minimum education. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 800 series, visit the OPM Qualifications Standard found at:

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • Availability of government housing will vary by location.
    • Forest Service daycare facilities 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. Mobility agreement may be required.
    • 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.
    • Recruitment incentives may be offered.

    Women of Color STEM Conference Information:
    The Forest Service will be attending the Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, MI on October 11-13, 2018 and will be accepting applications online through USAJobs. This is a recruitment event for Pathways positions that will be available online. Applicants can come speak to Forest Service representatives and apply for positions via USAJobs during the Women of Color STEM Career Fair Expo on Saturaday, 10/13/2018 from 10am – 4pm EST in the Cobo Center Computer Lab, Room 336, Level 3.

    The link to the hiring event at the Women of Color STEM convention can be found at: and

    The Women of Color (WOC) STEM event will be located at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 482226. Directions and parking for the WOC-STEM convention can be found at:

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    For GS-03 or 04:

    Please note, these positions are targeted toward students in the beginning of their undergraduate/certificate education.

    For GS-05:

    Please note, these positions are targeted toward students in the beginning of their graduate 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.

    These positions have a targeted effective date of Winter 2019.

    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    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 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.

  • Benefits

    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.

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    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,

    United States

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    Next steps

    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.

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  • 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

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    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.

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    Legal and regulatory guidance

    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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