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Job Title:Student Trainee (Biological Sciences)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-13-829257-Intern

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$22,851.00 to $32,412.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Tuesday, March 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0499-02/03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year

DUTY LOCATIONS:

5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Lima, MT United StatesView Map
Valentine, NE United StatesView Map
Roy, MT United StatesView Map
Kenmare, ND United StatesView Map
Waubay, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

JOB SUMMARY:

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Student Employment Eligibles

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, is recruiting students to participate in the Department of the Interior Internship Program.  

The Department of the Interior Internship Program (Pathways) is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  Students who successfully complete the program and meet all applicable internship program requirements may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent job in the civil service.  Please note that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the intern will be converted.

Internship Program Requirements:

To be eligible, applicants must be students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in an accredited educational institution (i.e., high school/college/university/vocational school) for the summer or fall of 2013 and be in good academic standing.

These are full-time temporary summer appointments not to exceed one year, but may be extended.  Students will work primarily during the summer months of May through August 2013.  Incumbents may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.

Positions filled from this vacancy announcement are part of the Department of the Interior Internship Program.  

These positions are to be filled as Student Trainees (Biological Science Support) at the following locations:

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Roy, Montana
Red Rocks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lima, Montana
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Kenmare, North Dakota
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Valentine, Nebraska
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay, South Dakota 

You are limited to choosing a maximum of 3 locations.

All duty locations are considered remote and provide government quarters for a fee (bunkhouses and/or camper trailers); however, pets and family are not allowed.

OTHER INFORMATION:

These positions may be filled at the GS-02 or GS-03 level

Salary Range

GS-02 - $22,851 to $28,758 per year ($10.95 per hour to $13.78 per hour)
GS-03 - $24,933 to $32,412 per year ($11.95 per hour to $15.30 per hour)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System policy requires that employees who operate motorized vehicles be at least 18 years old and possess a valid state issued driver's license.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Background Investigation required
  • Must be a student as defined in this vacancy announcement
  • Requires Pathways Participant Agreement

DUTIES:

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--Employees will perform a variety of basic operational tasks in support of programs conducted by the National Wildlife Refuge System.  These may include: serve as a member of a crew engaged in clean-up, loading, lifting or carrying various articles; grounds maintenance to include weed control or grass mowing; fence building; assisting others in recording instrument results; trapping, tagging or tracking wildlife.  Duties may also include interpretation of wildlife, answering phones, and clerical duties.

--Duties at Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND include assisting in piping plover and other avian monitoring; collecting and recording scientific measurements and keeping detailed records.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
At some duty stations, applicants must be able to work under extreme climatic conditions.  Some project work will include physical labor such as building fence, walking over steep/slippery terrain, and carrying heavy loads (up to 50 pounds).



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GENERAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-02: Three months of general experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position or experience that provided a familiarity with biological work.

GS-03:  Six months of general experience that demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the position or experience that provided a familiarity with biological work.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-02: High school graduate or equivalent.

GS-03: Successful completion of a full year of study (30 semester hours) above the high school level at an accredited college or university that included 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-02 and GS-03 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

If substituting education for the experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.



Applicants must meet all Internship Program requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In addition to the General Experience requirement the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

  • Skill in keeping simple records. of observations made or data collected.
  • Ability to perform routine tasks.
  • Ability to perform basic tasks in biological or agricultural work
  • Skill in making routine observations

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).





HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING:

All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.

NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 829257. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203FX.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

-Proof of student status (transcript(s) or acceptance for enrollment)

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service.

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennifer L. Hanson
Phone: (303)236-4733
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: JENNIFER_HANSON@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

R6-13-829257-Intern

Control Number:

337318300