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    The position provides administrative support to the Office of Professional Development which provides employees with professional training and development opportunities from a variety of sources and venues such as government, external, web-based, and satellite.

    Who May Apply: You must be a CURRENT student in an accredited high school, college, technical, vocational, and trade school, advanced degree program, or other qualifying education institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

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    Student Pathways Program: This is a Student Internship opportunity that provides students enrolled in a qualifying educational institution with paid opportunities to work in Federal agencies while completing their education. This position is part-time at 30 hours per week, but you may be able to work full-time if your class schedule allows. If this is your first appointment in the Federal service, your pay will be set at GS-4, Step 1.

    Upon successful completion of the program, students MAY be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position within 120 days of completion of the degree/program requirements; however, conversion is not guaranteed. To be eligible for conversion, you must:

    - Successfully complete the academic course of study with a GPA of at least 2.5;
    - Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;
    - Meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position; and
    - Maintain acceptable performance.

    As a Student Trainee, you will provide clerical support to the Office of Professional Development. Typical work assignments may include the following:

    • Uses office automation software and equipment to type, edit, and format letters, memoranda, reports, technical documents, charts, graphs, and/or forms.
    • Under the guidance of the supervisor, researches various topics for training and speaking events, including but not limited to performance management, legal skills, and diversity and inclusion.
    • Uses Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to draft various documents including emails to Division employees, summaries and checklists from events, recruitment materials, and procurement authorizations.
    • Updates training course surveys and reviews survey results to assist the supervisor in planning future courses and programs;
    • Maintains the instructions on training and speaker requirements for contractors;
    • Performs data entry into DOJ's learning management system to track the learning history of Division employees;
    • Assists in updating ENRD's microsites on professional development, diversity, and alternative dispute resolution;
    • Participates in Committee meetings and events by providing required administrative support;
    • Maintains employees records and responds to inquiries for verification of employment information;
    • Collects and reviews performance documents to ensure that all fields are completed; and
    • Provides support to Executive Office events, e.g. training and award events.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
    • You must complete a background investigation to include drug testing.
    • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
    • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.
    • Must be at least 16 years old.
    • Must meet Student Intern Program requirements.
    • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.
    • Must not graduate before September 2019.


    In order to qualify, candidates must meet the program and educational requirements listed below.

    Program Requirements:
    • Be enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or part-time student into an accredited college or university* in a degree seeking program in a related field or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. (See Education Requirements)
    • Must be in good academic standing and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
    • If selected, must sign Student Pathways program agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.
    • Must be able to complete required occupation related work experience (640 hours) prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.

    Qualification Requirements: In addition to the program requirements listed above, candidates must meet the minimum education or experience requirements for the position.

    GS-04: To qualify for the GS-4 grade level: MUST have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate degree, or 1 year of general experience.

    General experience is defined as progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be qualifying.

    NOTE: An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

    You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skill and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    To preview questions, please click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10315146.

    YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in an ineligible rating. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

    YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order To determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

    To verify your veteran preference entitlement, submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserve side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy 4 of the veteran's DD-214 and an SF-15 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of the SF-15. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire.

    Note - If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualifications requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

    Your application must demonstrate your ability to perform the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):

    • Applies Technology to Tasks
    • Customer Service
    • Manages and Organizes Information
    • Oral Communication
    • Writing

    Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    • Résumé demonstrating relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained (cover letter optional).
    • An unofficial transcript displaying your current G.P.A.
    • Proof of current school enrollment.
    • Your online responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable e.g. DD-214.
    Your résumé MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment with month/year started and ended, title of position(s), PT hours worked, and description of duties. If Federal employment, include the grade of the position(s).

    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.

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    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.

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    How to Apply

    You must apply online through USAJOBS. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.

    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/.

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Office of Human Resources. Please contact Sherry Harrison at Sherry.Harrison2@usdoj.gov to obtain an alternative application.

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    ENRD Executive Office
    601 D St NW
    Washington, DC 20004
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    Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice! The Environment and Natural Resources Division is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 for 3 years in a row. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Capital One Arena, museums, the National Mall, restaurants, and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.

    ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere are open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. ENRD places a high value on and fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and experiences may reach their full potential.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Offices, Boards and Divisions, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.


    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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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.

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 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/511830900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.