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Job Title:Student Trainee (Medical and Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:Md-0127-830983-JLP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013




Part Time 16 hours - Internships




1 vacancy in the following location:
Madison, WI United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."    –Abraham Lincoln

This position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Line, in the General Laboratory, of the Wm S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of standardized tests and examinations under regular technical supervision. This is an excepted position under the Pathways Program.

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.




Vacancy Identification Number: 830983

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  To be eligible for the Pathways Intern Program, you must be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree, diploma or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis at an accredited college or university. (PROPER DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED.   FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION) 

Certificate programs are defined as 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.

An Intern may be converted non-competitively from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, however, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.   Interns must be US citizens to be eligible for conversion.   In addition, to be eligible for conversion, an Intern must have completed at least 640 hours of work experience while enrolled as a full time or half time degree seeking student, completed the educational requirements from a qualifying institution, receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency and meet the qualification requirements for the position to which being converted.

The Pathways Program participant will enter into a written Participant Agreement that clearly identifies expectations, a general description of duties, evaluation procedures, work schedules and minimum eligibility requirements for conversion to term or permanent positions in the competitive service.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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Incumbent sorts and counts clearly marked packages and containers of laboratory supplies and replenish storage cabinets and workstations. Maintains a clean work area and assists higher graded technicians with maintenance throughout the laboratory.  Incumbent prepares patient collection kits and distributes them to appropriate location within the lab.  Performs a variety of relatively standardized tests, examinations, and determinations using well established techniques and procedures but involve many sequential steps. Incumbent receives and accessions various laboratory specimens into the Laboratory Information System. Incumbent prepares specimens by centrifugation for testing or examination by higher graded technicians and distributes specimens accordingly. Processes and sends out tests according to the Laboratory Processing Instruction per Reference Laboratory and packages specimens according to Federal Regulations for transportation. Makes telephone notifications of unacceptable/questionable laboratory specimens and provides troubleshooting regarding specimen acceptability. Works directly with Medical Technologist and other hospital personnel related to patient care.

Work Schedule: Alternating weekends ( every other Saturday and Sunday) from 6:00 AM to 2:30PM

Position Description Title/PD#:  13075A

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

PHYSICAL REQUIRMENT: Physical demands are moderate. It requires regular and recurring physical exertion and strain such as long periods of standing or considerable walking.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a confined laboratory area involving the use of the computer and telephone. Moderate risks are involved because of bio-hazardous materials. Incumbent is required to use safety procedures and equipment when needed.


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NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position.  Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Citizen:  Must be a U.S. Citizen

Education/Experience: To qualify for the GS 4 position you must have 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience.  Specialized experience is described as technical medical laboratory/support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; or technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work.


2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biological science.  

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

KSA1: Familiarity with basic laboratory procedures and processes to ensure correct labeling and preparation of specimens, preparation of culture media, and assembly of collection tray

KSA2: Basic knowledge of supply accountability requirements.

KSA3: Knowledgeable of common laboratory equipment such as the centrifuge, automatic pipette machine, or sterilization equipment.

KSA4: Knowledge of basic medical terminology used in the laboratory to supply information by phone and route requests to the proper laboratory.

KSA5: Knowledge of computer menus and options to enter laboratory test requests and retrieve results.

KSA6: Knowledge of safety procedures when handling specimens. 

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.


IF EDUCATION IS USED IN THE QUALIFICATIONS AND YOU ARE BASING YOUR QUALIFICATION ON THIS, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, must refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.






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APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.   


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online:
you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 830983.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



                                           REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

 Résumé  - MUST include information such as: the vacancy announcement number, position title and grade; how to contact you; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor’s name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; and other information, such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc.  Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience.  Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.   *(ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

         Declaration for Federal Employment ,   (UPON APPOINTMENT) 

       Your most recent SF-50*   (ALL Current Federal Employees, and Former Federal Employees MUST SUBMIT, if applicable.)

        Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (All applicants must submit required documentation, as applicable.)

        Any other documents required    (i.e. DD-214, SF-15, VA Disability Award Letter)   

      Responses for Questionaire*  View Occupational Questionnaire                 


NOTICE: Eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.


* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Celia Klemstein
Phone: (414)384-2000x47706
Agency Information:
VISN 12 Great Lakes Human Resources
Honey Creek Three
135 S 84th St Room 175
Milwaukee, WI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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