Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles. For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please see https://www.bia.gov/jobs.Learn more about this agency
This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Deputy Director, Trust Services, Division of Wildland Fire Management in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. The Pathways Internship Program provides opportunities to students who wish to explore careers in Forestry as paid Federal employees working during the summer for BIA. Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program, students may be non-competitively placed into career-conditional positions within the BIA.
All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2018 pay charts here https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/ , select the duty station from the Location Negotiable After Selection, United States and find that pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.
As a Student Trainee (Forestry), GS-0499-2/3/4, your typical work assignments and/or responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
As a student trainee, you will:
Serve in a developmental role as a forester program performing tasks such as marking and/or thinning timber; take simple measurements such as running compass lines, measure and record distances, heights, diameters and growth of trees. Learn plant terminology and identification, soils classification, and use of aerial photos.
Become familiar with the proper forestry instruments to perform the work and the proper care of those instruments.
Receiving orientation pertaining to the organizational structure of the Bureau and its methods of managing trust forest resources.
Receiving other assignments to broaden knowledge of BIA activities in the related program functions, such as wildlife and recreation.
The full performance level of this position is GS-4. 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. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed.
TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The following eligibility requirements must be maintained throughout the duration of the Internship appointment:
Be at least 18 years of age
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Maintain a valid Pathways Program Participant Agreement
Enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree in Forestry
Physical Requirements: Incumbents must possess the physical capabilities required for the position such as; long periods of standing, walking over rough, steep, or rocky surfaces, recurring stooping, reaching, bending, as well as occasional lifting heavy objects; up to 50 pounds. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.
Failure to meet any of these requirements will disqualify you for employment.
Travel may be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Indian Preference applies
- Eligibility Documentation Required (DD-214, BIA Form 4432, etc.)
- You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
- Must complete and maintain a Pathways Program Participant Agreement
- Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time
- Selective Service: Male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
- A background security investigation will be required. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
QualificationsApplicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree that is directly related to the program field, such as forestry, natural resources management, and biological sciences related to forestry including agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, biological sciences, geographic information systems, horticulture, range management, and soil science.
Basic qualification requirements include:
-For the GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma.
-For the GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study.
-For the GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for Pathways positions, including general and/ or specialized experience as defined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or by the BIA. Any positive education requirements and selective placement factors must be obtained prior to applicant consideration. In addition, the applicant must meet any additional conditions of employment following appointment.
NOTE: Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions - One full academic year of undergraduate, graduate, vocational, trades, technical, or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
NOTE DOCUMENTATION OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT STATUS: If this is your first year or you do not have a transcript, you must upload and attach a copy of your degree plan/curriculum and any other acceptable proof to verify currently accepted or enrolled. Examples of acceptable proof are enrollment course schedule or plan, registration of current course work, advisor approved degree checklist, or letter of acceptance that is on college or university official letter head.
Students who have not declared a major or are enrolled in an unrelated degree program, may be selected and hired. However, their continued employment is contingent upon meeting the educational degree program eligibility requirements listed below within a prescribed timeframe. Students enrolled in an unrelated degree program will be required to sign a statement agreeing that they will change their degree program.
Students will be placed on LWOP while attending school or completing academic requirements. The LWOP is a temporary nonpay and nonduty status (or absence from a prescheduled tour duty), which is granted based upon a student's educational needs (5 CFR 630.101).
Incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of Indian Affairs.
Students will be required to provide a copy of up-to-date transcripts and upcoming class schedule (unofficial may be acceptable) at the end/beginning of each academic semester for verification of enrollment and academic standing as proof of continuing eligibility for participation in the Pathways Program.
The incumbent of this position may be non-competitively converted to a term or career conditional position with a full performance level (FPL) of GS-5 through GS-11 upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program requirements. The FPL will be determined at the time of conversion and is a management decision on a case-by-case basis.
In order to be eligible for a non-competitive conversion, you must:
-Complete at least 640 hours of work experience in accordance with 5 CFR 362
-Have completed their academic degree requirements with at least a 2.0 an overall GPA
-Meet OPM's qualification standards for the position to which the student will be converted. See qualification requirements at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0499.htm
-Received a "Fully Successful" or above performance evaluation, and favorable recommendation from your supervisor.
-Be converted timely within conversion period from when the degree is conferred (120 days)
-Accept job placement offer and relocate if necessary
-Received favorable recommendation from supervisor for non-competitive conversion "appointment"
If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit.http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .
If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your application, including your answers to the assessment questions to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Please ensure that your resume is detailed sufficiently to provide the selecting official with enough information to make an informed selection.
Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position described above. Qualified candidates will then be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the education requirements.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your responses to the assessment questions cannot be supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your experience.
Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.
You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10207415.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
Background checks and security clearance
The following documents are required for this position:
- Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
- On-line Assessment Questionnaire
- Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time. If this is your first of of college or you do not have a transcript, you must upload your enrollment course schedule or plan, registration of current course work, or letter of acceptance that is on college or university official letterhead.
- BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
- Veteran's documentation -
- For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) proving your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the supporting documentation required by that form.
- If you are a disabled veteran you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge.
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.
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.
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
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ); all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
PLEASE NOTE - NO APPLICATION MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA E-MAIL.
Agency contact information
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
P.O. Box 1487
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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- 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.
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