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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Clerk)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  PATHMR-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.21 to $18.47 / Per Hour
Monday, February 25, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013
Full-Time - Pathways Internship Program - NTE September 30, 2013
1 vacancy - Minneapolis, MN, US  View Map
Individuals 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.


Relocation expenses will not be paid. This is a temporary Pathways Internship Program appointment not-to-exceed September 30, 2013. The anticipated hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. This position is located in Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service, Marketing and Regulatory Programs Business Services.  Applicants must be available to work during scheduled breaks.

The Pathways Internship Program 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 may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


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Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Provide assistance to higher level administrative and professional staff by performing administrative work as assigned. Typical assignments include: 

  • Receive and file correspondence, records, reports, and other material.
  • Use word processing equipment to produce various documents such as correspondence, reports, performance contracts, permits, manuals, etc.
  • Perform a variety of clerical tasks such as validating and processing documents which pertain to the organization’s work, assembling information, preparing reports, gathering current data, etc.
  • Schedule appointments and make meeting arrangements in accordance with instructions from the supervisor.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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



GS-4: two years of education above high school

TRANSCRIPTS are required.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-4 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. 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:

  • Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc., to prepare and type correspondence, reports, etc.
  • Skill in utilizing word processing and accessing electronic databases for input and withdrawal of information.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to respond to inquiries and provide information.
  • Ability to follow specific, detailed instructions when the material to be completed is in an unusual form.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-4 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following:Combining Education and Experience for Clerical and Administrative Support Positions

Special Conditions

  • Proof of student status must be submitted with the application. Applications will not be considered without this documentation.  
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty.
  • A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. The agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Schedule will be determined when student is selected: Hours of work will be between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

  • To preview questions please click here.


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    This position does not confer all of the benefits usually associated with the competitive service such as tenure and transfer and privileges. However, the selectee will be entitled to sick and annual leave accrual. Eligibility for retirement benefits, health insurance and life insurance is determined on a case by case basis.

    This salary range does not reflect the general pay increase scheduled for April 2013. 


    • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

    1. Resume
    2. Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Additional Documents for more information)
      • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be in English  
      • DD-214 and other Veterans' documents
    3. Proof of student status
      • A letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university for an upcoming academic term; OR
      • Transcripts showing current enrollment at an accredited college or university; OR
      • A letter on college/university stationery stating that you are enrolled for the current academic term.

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Submit documents which are clear and legible. Illegible documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the
    Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3610
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, Suite 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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