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Job Title:Student Trainee (Biological Science Aid/Technician), GS-0499-2/3/4 (JW-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2013-005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$10.95 to $17.43 / Per Hour


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013




Full-Time - Temporary Not-To-Exceed. Typically aapointment spans May to August.




MANY vacancies - Socorro, NM, USView Map


All qualified United States Citizens and United States Nationals who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below.


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 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:

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These positions are being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore federal careers while still in school.

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

--you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and

--enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school): or a post-secondary home school curriculum.

--students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis.

These are temporary internship not-to-exceed opportunites to complete project work that's temporary in nature. The appointments are not-to-exceed 1039 hours OR when project work is complete.

Reclamation is seeking temporary employees looking for an opportunity to expand his/her experience in the biological field. You can make a difference in the West by assisting professional biologists and performing simple and repetitive tasks relating to biological and natural resources sciences.

Would you enjoy identifying and/or recording data concerning on-site investigations? Responsibilities include participating in various aspects of long-term studies of the Southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo; habitat inventory and mapping; from May through August.

LOCATION: Work is conducted in the field, located in New Mexico, for the Technical Service Center; Water Resources Plan & Operations Division; Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Group; Ecological Support, Denver Co Office.

You can apply to all grades for which you are qualified. Promotions to the next grade/salary level are not applicable to these positions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Housing is at the discretion of the individual, and will not be provided by Reclamation.


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet all requirements for the PATHWAYS INTERN PROGRAM;
  • TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED to verify education requirements;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents.


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Duties are performed at the grade level for which selected. - Participates in various aspects of long-term studies. - Conducts presence/absence surveys and nest monitoring for the Southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo within the Rio Grande Basin of New Mexico. - Assisting other Reclamation staff in the collection of baseline data and monitoring to ensure compliance with environmental statutes. - Performs other project specific duties as needed, including  habitat mapping. - Are assigned to crews supervised by Reclamation personnel. - May assume some additional responsibility as a crew leader, making minor project related decisions in the absence of the Supervisor.


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Basic Qualifications: 

The required post-high school education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job.

GS-02: High school diploma or equivalent.

GS-03: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.

GS-04: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

Selected Aids and technicians will be required to complete Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Survey Protocol Training in New Mexico prior to conducting surveys fot the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Training will be provided cooperatively by Reclamation and the US Fish and Wildlife service. Individuals operating government owned vehicles will be required to take a defensive driving course. A valid driver's license is required and will need to be submitted by selection.

All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution and provide proof of enrollment to be eligible for this position. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education.

Qualification requirements for the Pathwyas Program, as described in the Overview section of this anouncement, must be met at the time of selection with proof of qualifications submitted to HR for verification.


Human Resources will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualifications requirements and further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the assessment provided, which will take approximately 20  minutes.

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Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.


- 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. For more information 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 the 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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 56, Room 1545, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 56, Rm 1545, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s). 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 and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable and if substituting for experience. --Selectees MUST submit a copy of their driver's license.

-- 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: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education requirements, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants 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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