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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Pathways Student Trainee Summer Internship

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-PATH-13-BA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$17,803.00 to $31,871.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0399/0499/0899/1399-01/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Internships

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Beltsville, MD United StatesView Map
McMinnville, TN United StatesView Map
Presque Isle, ME United StatesView Map
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Chatsworth, NJ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Students who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis

JOB SUMMARY:

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified students to participate in the 2013 Summer Pathways Internship Program.  These temporary appointments are expected to begin in May and end in September. Internships are open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, trade school or other qualifying educational institution.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.

This announcement will be used to fill full-time and part-time internship positions.

The salary range provided above reflects base pay for the GS-01 through GS-04 grade levels.  Actual salary will vary based on grade and location.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Successful adjudication of fingerprint check

DUTIES:

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Interns who are assigned to a GS-0399, Student Trainee (Clerical and Office Support) position assist professional and technical staff by performing miscellaneous clerical duties in support of the work of the office.  Typical, but not all-inclusive duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
 • Opening and distributing mail; preparing, receiving, reviewing, and verifying documents
 • Maintaining office records; filing material; locating and compiling data or information from files
 • Answering and referring telephone calls
 • Typing a variety of material including draft reports, memoranda and correspondence using a personal computer and related word processing software

Interns who are assigned to a GS-0499, Student Trainee (Biological Science) position perform standardized routines in support of research projects in a laboratory, field and/or greenhouse setting.  Typical, but not all-inclusive duties require a general knowledge of basic biological science and are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
 • Preparing routine media and solutions by weighing and measuring constituents according to established methods
 • Using common laboratory equipment and apparatus such as autoclaves, sterilizers, centrifuges and homogenizers
 • Preparing labels for specimens
 • Assisting in plot preparation and maintenance, plant harvesting and sample preparation and maintenance, as well as sample and seed sorting or processing for analysis and storage; watering, fertilizing, weeding, and maintaining plants
 • Keeping detailed records of experimental data and tabulating data using personal computers and software packages

Interns who are assigned to a GS-0899, Student Trainee (Engineering) position perform standardized routines in support of research projects in a laboratory, shop or field setting.  Typical, but not all-inclusive duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
 • Operating simple test instruments and controls, making simple adjustments, and recording data
 • Performing specified arithmetic computations, either manually or by using computers
 • Recording, installing, and maintaining instruments and equipment involving simple wiring, soldering, grinding, etc.
 • Examining materials, instruments, equipment, or items to be tested for flaws or defects; observing operation of instruments and equipment to detect apparent malfunctions

Interns who are assigned to a GS-1399, Student Trainee (Physical Science) position perform standardized routines in support of research projects in a laboratory or field setting.  Typical, but not all-inclusive duties require a general knowledge of basic physical science and are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
 • Preparing routine media and solutions by weighing and measuring constituents according to established methods
 • Using common laboratory equipment and apparatus to prepare various types of materials for use by others
 • Making simple mixtures of stock solutions; receiving, storing, transferring, and replenishing laboratory supplies, solvents and chemicals; maintaining the immediate work area and laboratory equipment in a clean and orderly manner
 • Assisting in sample collection and preparing sample labels
 • Keeping detailed records of experimental data and tabulating data using personal computers and software packages


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.  You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program.  See the How to Apply section for details.   

Qualification Requirements
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below in order to qualify for the GS-02, GS-03 or GS-04 grade levels.  There are no qualification requirements for the GS-01 grade level.

GS-0399, Student Trainee (Clerical and Office Support)
 • To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. High school graduation (or equivalent)
  OR
  B. 3 months of general experience performing clerical/office work

 • To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 1 year of education above high school
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience performing clerical/office work

 • To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 2 years of education above high school
  OR
  B. 1 year of general experience performing clerical/office work

GS-0499, Student Trainee (Biological Science)
 • To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. High school graduation (or equivalent)
  OR
  B. 3 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the biological sciences

 • To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 1 year of education above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the biological sciences

 • To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 2 years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.  At least 6 semester hours of course work must be directly related to the position being filled.
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.  General experience includes work that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the biological sciences.  Examples of specialized experience include:  keeping records of experimental data and tabulating data using personal computers and software packages; preparing routine media and solutions; using common laboratory equipment; assisting in plot preparation and maintenance, plant harvesting and sample preparation and maintenance; and watering, fertilizing, weeding, potting, and maintaining plants

GS-0899, Student Trainee (Engineering)
 • To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. High school graduation (or equivalent)
  OR
  B. 3 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with engineering

 • To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 1 year of education above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with engineering

 • To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 2 years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.  General experience includes work that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with engineering.  Examples of specialized experience include:  operating simple test instruments and controls; making simple adjustments and recording data; performing arithmetic computations either manually or by using computers; plotting data or results; recording, installing, and maintaining instruments and equipment; examining materials, instruments, equipment, or items to be tested for flaws or defects; and observing operation of instruments and equipment to detect apparent malfunctions

GS-1399, Student Trainee (Physical Science)
 • To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. High school graduation (or equivalent)
  OR
  B. 3 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the physical sciences

 • To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 1 year of education above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the physical sciences

 • To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have:
  A. 2 years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics
  OR
  B. 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.  General experience includes work that demonstrates ability to perform the work of the position, or provided a familiarity with the physical sciences.  Examples of specialized experience include:  preparing routine media and solutions; using common laboratory equipment and apparatus to prepare various types of materials; making simple mixtures of stock solutions; receiving, storing, transferring, and replenishing laboratory supplies, solvents and chemicals; maintaining laboratory equipment in a clean and orderly manner; assisting in sample collection; preparing sample labels; keeping detailed records of experimental data and tabulating data using personal computers and software packages

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.


If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

All qualification and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. 


BENEFITS:

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A benefits package is not authorized for these positions.

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a separate application package for each series and location you wish to be considered for.  Your complete application package must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, February 08, 2013.

Applications must be e-mailed to SummerRecruitmentEBSC@ARS.USDA.GOV.

In the subject line of the e-mail, please include the location and series of the position you are applying for, as well as the grade levels you are applying for (i.e. Dawson, GA, GS-0499-02/03).  Only one series and one location may be included per e-mail.  If multiple series and/or locations are provided, you will only be considered for the first series and location listed.   

As an attachment to your e-mail, please include the documents outlined in the Required Documents section below.

Failure to follow these application instructions will result in loss of consideration



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Proof of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university
3. Transcripts (if qualifying based on your education).  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
4. Veterans' preference documentation (if claiming veterans' preference)

Please do not include your social security number on your resume or supporting documents.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lia Simmons
Phone: (301)504-1455
Email: LIA.SIMMONS@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD
20705

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  If there are qualified candidates with veterans' preference, only those applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.

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Job Announcement Number:

ARS-PATH-13-BA

Control Number:

336613400