Student Trainee (Physical Sciences),Bureau of Reclamation,02-26-2019,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    02/26/2019 to 03/12/2019

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 03

  • Salary

    $26,587 to $26,587 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full-Time – FULL TIME (40 hours per week), summer position. Schedule may vary to fit student’s schedule.


4 vacancies in the following location:


    Boise, ID

    4 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to


    The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.



    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 at least half-time enrolled and seeking a degree (high school or college diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including eligible veterans meeting these criteria.



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  • Duties


    Reclamation is seeking an Intern not-to-exceed looking for an opportunity to be a Student Trainee (Physical Sciences). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

    Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

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    • Performs a wide variety of physical and chemical water quality tests; e.g., pH, electrical conductance, biological oxygen demand, chlorophyll-a, turbidity, bacteria, and total suspended solids. This includes using the following equipment: pH and conductivity meter, oxygen meter, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, turbidimeter, incubators, balances, and centrifuges.
    • Filters and prepares samples for determination of dissolved constituents.
    • Cleans and sterilizes glassware for chemical and biological determinations, and prepares reagents associated with assigned analyses.
    • Assists in the collection and measurement of reservoir waters including the operation of a multi-parameter sonde unit and the use of a deep sampler to collect water samples for laboratory analyses.
    • Assists in sample collection, preparation, and analysis. This involves representative water sample collection from water bodies, filtering, and proper preservation of samples. Serves as a deckhand/observer on the boat.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1399 Physical Science Student Trainee

  • Additional information

    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.

    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. The not-to-exceed date may be extended.

    The selected student will be appointed at the GS-03 ($12.74 per hour) Federal pay grade level, which is determined by meeting the qualification requirements.

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, Resource Services, Ecosystems Analysis, Water Lab located in Boise, Idaho. For more information about location visit:

    At the present time, we have 4 vacancies; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.

    This position has no promotion potential and does not provide non-competitive eligibility for conversion to a term, career conditional or career appointment in the competitive service.

    For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit

    Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

    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 at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

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

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

    Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to:

    If selected, the selectee will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

    Housing is not provided.

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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.

    After the vacancy announcement closes, a Human Resources Office representative will review your application/resume to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment questionnaire conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.

    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.

    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 whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

    Eligible, qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official in an unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligible; (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veterans’ preference (TP); and (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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