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Job Title:Student Trainee (Information & Arts), GS-1099-03/04

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2012-290

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$12.79 to $14.36 / Per Hour


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012




Full-time OR Part-time; Temporary - Internship NTE 1 year




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Sacramento, CA, USView Map
95825View Map


All Qualified U.S. Citizens


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork” at:

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Student Trainee (Information & Arts). This is a full-time or part time, temporary Internship position with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid Pacific Region located in Sacramento, CA. For more information about the city of Sacramento visit:


Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.



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    This is a temporary Student Internship opportunity under the Pathways Program. This Program has as its major objective the employment of students, giving them a chance of work in Federal agencies so they can 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 (if needed to) when students are on vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed. Students are entitled to annual (vacation) leave and sick leave and are eligible to enroll in health benefits after 1 year.


    Brief Description of Duties: 

    - Assists photographer with videography and photography projects; helps edits, caption, and produce video products for inclusion in public and internal websites, the photo database and other publications. 


    - Uses Adobe Photoshop or other digital editing software to scan and edit photographs, videos and graphic illustrations for use in reports, brochures, publications, and on-screen viewing.


    - Assists with providing logistical support for public outreach sessions by preparing or assembling material.


    - Inputs data into a variety of automated and manual databases containing community relations information, personnel rosters, media contacts and mailing addresses.


    - Receives visitors, telephone calls and electronic mail.  Receives and screens telephonic queries from representatives of the print and broadcast media and the public and refers such calls accordingly.


    - Assists photographer in completing audio-video requests/work orders, printing requests, training requests, etc. 


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    GS-3: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study.

    GS-4: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

    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 proof of current student status by furnishing a copy of your current college transcript(s)(unofficial copy is acceptable). Copy of transcript must include courses of the semester/quarter you are currently enrolled in or student schedule for the upcoming semester verifying at least half-time enrollment status.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors by the closing date of this announcement.

    It is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational provisions. An official transcript will be required for verification prior to the effective date of the appointment. A combination of education and work experience may also be used to qualify for the position.


    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants that meet basic qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official.
    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.

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    This is a temporary position. Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.


    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

    Employment Conditions:

    Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

    Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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    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.

    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. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


    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), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of your current college transcript(s)(official or unofficial). Copy of transcript must include courses of the semester/quarter you are currently enrolled in or student schedule for the upcoming semester verifying at least half-time enrollment status. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    -For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an 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 proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    -For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

    For information on veteran's eligibility visit:


    Yumi Sakakibara
    Phone: 916-978-5476
    Fax: 916-978-5563
    Agency Information:
    2800 Cottage Way
    Attn: MP-500
    Sacramento, CA
    Fax: 916-978-5563


    After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Applicants that meet basic qualification requirements 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.

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