Student Trainee, (Financial Management) GS-0599-04 (NTE)(JA),Bureau of Reclamation,10-09-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    10/09/2018 to 10/22/2018

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 04

  • Salary

    $15.48 to $15.48 per hour

  • Appointment type

    Internships – Temporary Internship not-to-exceed 1 year

  • Work schedule

    Part-Time – Full time/Part time


1 vacancy in the following location:


    Sacramento, CA

    1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

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

Students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including eligible veterans meeting this criteria.



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    Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Student Trainee (Financial Management).

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Financial Management, Sacramento, CA. For more information about Sacramento, CA visit:

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    Serves as a Student Trainee (Financial Management)

    Performs basic developmental assignments providing support assistance in accounting operations. Performs all or most of the following:
    – Assists in preparing various documents and supporting data for accounting input, including working on cost allocation updates, and standard vouchers.
    – Reviews correctness of delivery and financial data entered into financial systems to verify accuracy of transactions processed.
    – Performs or assists in performing a variety of duties associated with reconciliations of contractors accounts.
    – Assists in the preparation of a number of periodic or special financial reports, letters or other correspondence.

    This is a temporary student internship opportunity under the Pathways Program. The major objective of the Pathways Program is to employ students, giving them a chance to work in a Federal agency and resume or continue their education without interruption caused by financial pressure. Students appointed may work part-time while school is in session and full-time (depending upon the needs of the agency) when students are on a vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed.

    For more information about the Pathways Internship program, please visit

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0599 Financial Management Student Trainee

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizen or National
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
    • Must submit a resume, transcripts, and supporting documents.
    • Must be available to work 10-40 hours per week.

    To be eligible, an applicant must:
    – be at least 16 years of age or older;
    – be in good academic standing as defined by the school they are attending; and
    – be a student who has been accepted for enrollment for next semester and must maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by your educational institution while serving in this position OR be a student who is 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, or graduate or professional school.

    Interns must continue to meet program eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment.

    In addition, they must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

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

    Academic Year: At the undergraduate level, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. At the graduate level, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.

    Accreditation:  Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at and the U.S. Department of Education website at

    Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


    Additional information

    Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

    Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

    Employment Conditions:
    -This is a temporary position with a not-to-exceed date. When the not-to-exceed date is reached or whenever services are no longer needed, the selectee will be terminated from Federal service. Position may be extended depending on management’s need, providing student program requirements continue to be met.
    -The duration of a Pathways appointment is a trial period.
    -Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
    -All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
    -A mandatory participant agreement that spells out the requirements of the program, including an anticipated date for completing educational requirements is required.

    Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ

    E-Verify:  DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit:

    For more information on the Pathways Program visit:

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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.

    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes.

    Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.

    Eligible, qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official in an unranked order by preference status: 1) Preference eligibles 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; and 4) applicants not eligible for veterans’ preference (NV).

    The duties of the position align with the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position.
    1. Knowledge of accounting methods, forms, and techniques sufficient to classify and maintain a variety of expenditure and collection accounts in subsidiary ledgers and registers.
    2. Knowledge and understanding of accounting terminology, the chart of accounts, and the account code structure.
    3. Knowledge of the characteristics and use of source documents and associated accounting data, and their relationship to specific accounts in order to research and correct rejected information.
    4. Knowledge of contract terminology related to financial transactions.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q – Nonsensitive

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e., years, months, and hours worked per week) and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    Transcript(s): Applicants must furnish a copy of their current college transcripts (official or unofficial). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    Pathways Student Eligibility: Applicants must show proof, such as a letter, from an accredited U.S. educational institution that verifies:
    – you have been accepted for enrollment;
    – the degree/diploma/certification program in which you are enrolled;
    – that you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the school);
    – the number of semester/quarter hours or a class schedule for next semester/quarter; and
    – your anticipated graduation date.

    DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: Applicants entitled to veterans’ preference must provide a copy of their DD-214 and should indicate the type of veterans’ preference claiming on their resume. Veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
    -For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
    -For 5-point veterans’ preference, submit the DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) or an official statement of service from the command if currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) and evidence that proves the military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    -For 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the documents required for 5 pt veterans’ preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation requested by this form.

    For information on veteran’s eligibility visit:

    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.

    Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system. Temporary employees who are expected to work a full-time schedule of 130 hours or more each month and work at least 90 days are eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit plan and receive the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees.

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    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

    Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you’re ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.

    This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System–HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

    As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

    Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

    Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at  The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service.  If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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    Agency contact information

    Human Resources Office








    2800 Cottage Way
    United States

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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile. Candidates are advised against making irrevocable employment decisions based on receiving a tentative job offer.

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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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