Student Trainee (Petroleum Engineering),Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,10-10-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    10/10/2018 to 10/24/2018

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 04 – 07

  • Salary

    $29,847 to $62,922 per year

  • Appointment type

    Internships – This is an indefinite appointment in the Excepted Service. The incumbent may work part-time or full-time depending upon their school schedule.

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules – Full Time or Part Time



    Jefferson, LA

    FEW vacancies

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 opportunity is open to current degree or certificate seeking students at a qualifying educational institution OR who have been admitted/accepted for enrollment at a qualifying educational institution. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility. See the “How to Apply” section for details.



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    As a Pathways Intern, you will have an opportunity to explore the Department of the Interior’s mission, responsibilities and role to our Nation. You will also learn about the Federal work environment and discover the opportunities available through Public Service.

    So come spend some time with our team as we fulfill our mission of “Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering our future”.

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    The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to:

    At the GS-07 performance level, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Assists staff Engineers and Inspectors in conducting reviews of various standard approval requests.
    • Participates in technical and professional development programs offered by BSEE staff and consulting firms, receives training in the engineering methods and practices in the pertinent requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, and completes the data entry for various engineering-related databases.
    • Assists Engineers and/or Inspectors on field inspections offshore in inspections of various components.
    • Rotates to various work units in order to enhance and broaden the intern’s field and range of experience.

    This position is eligible for conversion to the competitive service upon completion of the Pathways Intern Program requirements. Upon conversion the full performance level of this position is GS-12. Conversion to the competitive service is not guaranteed; it is at the discretion of management. Additionally, promotions to the next grade level are not guaranteed; they are at the discretion of management.

    This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Regional Field Operations. This position will be filled in one of the following sections: Technical Assessment Section; Decommissioning Support Section; Pipeline Section.  Applicants must be able to work in the Jefferson, LA duty location throughout the duration of the Pathways Internship.

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

    Salary Information: GS-04 $29,847-$38,798 per annum, GS-05 $33,394-$50,801 per annum, GS-07 $41,365-$62,922 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – 1-5 nights/per year

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
    • Use of Direct Deposit is required.
    • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

    This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Program. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while concurrently being enrolled. Veteran’s Preference is applicable under the Pathways Program.

    · The United States Department of the Interior will announce Pathways Internship opportunities multiple times per year, with regard to demand.
    · To be considered for other Internship opportunities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, applicants must apply each time a new announcement is posted.
    · The Work Schedule of the appointee will be based on availability, which in part will be influenced by the appointees’ academic course load.
    · Appointment types may vary from indefinite to temporary (generally, temporary appointments do not exceed one year, however the agency does reserve the right to extend temporary appointments beyond the not to exceed date of the initial appointment).
    · Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, in order to remain a part of the Internship Program Appointees must:
    · Maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A) of at least 2.0, whereby, the accredited educational institution must recognize the Appointee is in “Good Academic Standing”,
    · The Appointee must be enrolled at least on a half-time or full-time basis throughout their appointment.

    Please see the “Other Information” section of the vacancy announcement for information on conversion.

    Click for more information on Pathways program participation.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


    To be eligible for this internship all of the following requirements must be met:
    1. You must be at least 16 years of age
    2. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis.
    3. If enrolled, you must be in good academic standing (At least a 2.0 GPA)
    4. You must provide a transcript (official or unofficial) and proof of enrollment/acceptance.

    NOTE: You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

    GS-04 Qualification Requirements
    In addition, to qualify for the GS-04 grade level you must have completed two (2) full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.

    GS-05 Qualification Requirements
    In addition, to qualify for the GS-05 grade level you must have completed four (4) full academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree.

    GS-07 Qualification Requirements

    In addition, to qualify for the GS-07 grade level you must have completed one (1) full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.

    Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualification requirements, all students must meet the criteria defined below to meet the selective placement factor for this position.

    GS-04: I am enrolled in one of the following engineering degree programs AND have completed 6 credit hours in the engineering program, to include Calculus and Physics: Petroleum Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; or Chemical Engineering.

    GS-05: I am enrolled in one of the following engineering degree programs AND have completed 30 credit hours in the engineering program to include Calculus and Physics: Petroleum Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; or Chemical Engineering.

    GS-07: I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following engineering degree programs: Petroleum Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; or Chemical Engineering.

    Note to applicants: If selected for this position you will be required to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Professional Engineering Series (0880) found here:


    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    You may be found “INELIGIBLE” if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above required for the position. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.

    The internship program allows for the agency to non-competitively convert an Intern who is a U.S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service once the Intern completes all requirements of the Internship Program (Please Note: Conversion is at the discretion of the agency). To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must have: 1) Completed at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program, except as provided in paragraphs (c) and (d) of 5 CFR 362.204 (Conversion to the competitive service) while enrolled as a full-time or part-time degree- or certificate-seeking student; 2) Completed a course of academic study, within the 120-day period preceding the appointment, at a qualifying educational instititution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree; 3) Received a favorable recommendation for appointment by an official of the agency or agencies in which the Intern served; (4) Met the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; and 5) Met agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency’s Participant Agreement with the Intern.


    Education: You are required to submit verification of your current part-time or full time student enrollment, in addition to a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts in order to determine your eligibility and qualifications for this position.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work.  All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    You will also earn annual and sick leave.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

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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.

    All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans’ preference order.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Public Trust – Background Investigation

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    Your application package must include:  (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Enrollment verification (5) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (6) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15; (7) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted (if applicable).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site:

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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.

    The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations.  For more information, click

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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

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Monster Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

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    Agency contact information

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    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
    45600 Woodland Road
    United States

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    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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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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