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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Administrative Support) (OA)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  WO-COAB-13-731704-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.39 to $18.71 / Per Hour
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Collins, CO United StatesView Map
Current Student Internship Program Eligibles within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Fort Collins Colorado


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions 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 may be eligible for conversion to permanent job (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position - lasting greater than 1 year, but not to exceed 4 years) in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at


This position has been established to provide a meaningful employment opportunity in the Administrative Support occupation.  The opportunity  may involve: specific administrative task/work assignments and a variety of activities and assignments, and working with technical, administrative and professional staff in support of office programs and activities to gain practical work experience.


This intern position is a temporary appointment for a period not to exceed 1 year, the ending date of which will be specified in the Participant Agreement with the Intern. This appointment may be extended under 5 CFR 213.104.


WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Student Program Eligibles within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of Fort Collins Colorado.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required, must be 16 years of age
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/59 require Selective Service Registration
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Initial appointment may require a one year probationary period
  • See other requirements under the Qualifications section of this vacancy
  • Please read the vacancy announcement in its entirety


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As a Pathways Student Intern, you will be responsible for:

Provides logistical support for climate change meetings, including securing appropriate venue, communicating with participants, and taking notes.

Assists in composing/editing climate change briefs and reports related to climate change program development and communicates in final form from field notes or drafts, correspondence, including letters, spreadsheets, memoranda, and reports checking for proper format.

Uses personal computers and peripherals (this includes printers, copiers, and scanners) to prepare these type of documents, and other standardized documents.

Researches and prepares travel arrangements for all travel by senior staff.

Assures proper maintenance and operation for a variety of office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and printers.

Inventories office supplies and equipment and requisitions supplies, computers and other devices, printing support, and related material/services.

Updates and maintains office records. Maintains, purges, and disposes of office records/file in accordance with established regulations and procedures.



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Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the GENERAL EXPERIENCE requirements.

EDUCATION GS-04:  Completion of two years above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite.  

GENERAL EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-04 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of general experience equivalent in progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to: typing drafts, correspondence, including letters, spreadsheets, memoranda and reports; maintaining office equipment; maintaining policies/procedures/documents for ready reference; preparing travel documents; maintaining office supplies.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-04 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and general experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. 

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.



If substituting education for experience, applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts (or a list of courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to an employment offer.

To be creditable, education above the high school level completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, Department of Education.

For further information on creditable education visit: and


To be eligible for the Pathways Intern Program, the individual must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis (as determined by the institution).  You must be a current student in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree program; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.  You must maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.0.


The qualification requirements are outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions, available for review at: .


Candidates will be evaluated against their ability to meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualifications standards applicable to the position being filled.  Veteran’s preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways Internship Program authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have preference.  If candidates are further evaluated using the category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position. A rating of "well-qualified" will be given to those candidates who in addition to meeting all qualification requirements possess the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the position at a level which clearly exceeds the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This level is met when an applicant receives the score equal to receiving an average rating of Fully Successful or higher for each one of the rating factors considered in the announcement. 
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information please visit the OPM's Career Transition Resources website.



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Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part: paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees visit OPM’s Healthcare and Insurance webpage.


If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.


Relocation Expenses:   Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.   Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. 


Conditions of Employment:


Physical Demands: The work is mostly sedentary for long periods of time, and requires some walking, crouching , and light lifting.


Work Environment: The work is conducted in an office environment.


Conversion Requirements for Pathways Interns:


·         Have completed the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student

·         Have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution

·         Have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency, and

·         Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted.

NOTE: Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.


EEO Policy Statement: 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.  

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

Veterans Information: Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please review the VetGuide.

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

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. 



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NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax using the procedures below. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


LATE APPLICATIONS: Applications that are not received by the closing date through USA Staffing WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. There is no option for mailing, emailing, or otherwise submitting applications outside of this system, unless it is due to a request for reasonable accommodation.


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

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.


Applying Online:


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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 


Applying via Fax:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this USAStaffing cover page using the following Vacancy ID  731704.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this
1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, 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.


How to verify your application materials have been successfully submitted:


1. Go to and log in using your USAStaffing Application Manager User Name and Password.

2. Verify that your questionnaire, resume, and supporting documents were submitted successfully by clicking on the appropriate vacancy id.

3. Verify that all of your documents were submitted by reviewing the table.

If an item (Type of Document) on the table appears with a status of "OK", that Item was successfully submitted.


If you need help with the online application process:


If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to


Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink.  Other forms or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at, or by calling (478) 757-3000 or RDD (478) 744-2299.


Note: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number (731704) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


The following documents are required:


  • Résumé or application
  • Proof of enrollment, College transcripts or List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking.   (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) 
  • Responses to the questionnaire


  • ICTAP/CTAP documentation (a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
  • Application for veterans preference must include a legible Member 4 copy of DD-214. Other acceptable documentation of dates and status of military service, type of discharge, receipt of campaign badge or qualifying service medal, etc. will suffice for tentative preference only. Applications for 10 point veteran preference must include a SF-15 and the Veterans Affairs letter dated since 1991 showing percent of disability, and/or other official documentation as noted on the SF-15 form.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:


Job Information:

-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).

- Country of Citizenship.

- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.


- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.

- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.

- Major field(s) of study.

- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

- Job title.

- Duties and accomplishments.

- Number of hours per week.

- Employer's name and address.

- Supervisor's name and phone number.

- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).

- Salary.

- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Other Qualifications:

- Job-related training courses (title and year).

- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)



- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


View Occupational Questionnaire




Amanda Burnham
Phone: (303)969-2860
Agency Information:
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

You may be required to submit written responses/writing samples as a continuation of the evaluation process.  Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for the position.

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