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Job Title:Student Trainee (Lock and Dam Operator) - Intern

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGG13541126871856P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$17.02 to $19.84 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 11, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-5401-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE One year

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
La Crescent, MN United StatesView Map
Minneapolis, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Students who are currently accepted or enrolled at a qualifying institution pursuing a degree in maintenance, construction field, Building Utilities Program (BUM), Industrial Technology or Fluid Power program

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of Army Pathways Intern Program. To be eligible for this appointment students must be currently enrolled or accepted at a qualifying institution on at least a half time basis in a degree seeking program and complete at least 640 hours of career related work prior to graduation.

 

About the Position:

Work performed and observed includes operation and maintenance of electrically/electronically or hydraulically controlled lock gates, control valves, and related equipment such as dam gates, maintenance and repair of other site structures and facilities such as lock buildings and lighting systems; and grounds maintenance. Work is performed under very close supervision. If appropriate, employees may be assigned to shift work; shift schedules vary by work location.

 

Please only indicate the sites you are interested in. When you apply on-line you will be prompted to select a location you wish to work at. Please do not select a location where you are not willing to accept an offer.

 

Position One:  Official duty station for one position will be at Lock and Dam No. 7, located between La Crescent, MN and La Crosse, WI, which has several colleges and has a small town atmosphere, but with the attractions of a larger city. La Crosse is home to a minor league baseball team, it has a new community theater, daily flights are available at the local air port, and the city has an Amtrak station. Both communities boast of excellent schools. Weather conditions very as the weather truly reflects the four seasons. Winter brings snowmobiling, cross country skiing and well as local downhill skiing is available, and of course ice fishing. Summer finds residents enjoying the many parks, skateboard opportunities, pools, well kept biking and hiking trails, excellent golf courses, and of course boating, fishing and water skiing on the mighty Mississippi. The area is an excellent mixture of old and new.

Position Two:   Official duty station for the second position will be Lower St Anthony Falls. Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam are located in the Minneapolis. The lock and dam atmosphere is friendly and high-functioning.  Minneapolis is the seat of Hennepin County. Along with St. Paul, it occupies the center of the fifteen-county Twin Cities metropolitan statistical area. The city developed in the late nineteenth century to become the milling capital of the U.S. in addition to being a primary transportation and distribution hub. Minneapolis has gained a national reputation for its effective local government, attractive architecture, rich cultural environment, sport, theater, and quality of life. The combined cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are highly rated for their livability and rank among the country's best places for growing a business.

About the Pathways Internship Program:

The purpose of the Pathways Internship Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the US Army Corps of Engineers St Paul District and the intern. Within 120 calendar days after completing educational requirements, the employing agency may non-competitively promote and convert an intern to a career/career-conditional or term appointment. The conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.

  

Who May Apply:

Current students from accredited educational institutions interested in paid internship opportunities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be accepted or enrolled as a degree-seeking student in good standing
  • Academic course load must be at least half-time
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Copies of post high-school transcripts MUST be submitted with application
  • If selected, must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Must have a valid state drivers license

DUTIES:

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Supervisor is the Lockmaster at the Lock and Dam site to which assigned. Employee will participate in a formal post high-school work-study program at a navigation facility within the Corps of Engineers Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS). The training program is structured specifically for students in technical, vocational, or trades schools and is designed to provide exposure to essentially all aspects of work performed at the facility. Work assignments are made accordance with a specific training plan that is designed to integrate formal schooling with practical on-the-job experience. Supplemental guidance pertinent to day-to-day activities, work assignments, and training may also be provided by other higher graded site mechanic or operating personnel, as assigned. Work performed and observed includes operation and maintenance of electrically/electronically or hydraulically controlled lock gates, control valves, and related equipment such as dam gates, inclusive of manually operated wicket gates at sites where they exist; maintenance and repair of other site structures and facilities such as lock buildings and lighting systems; and grounds maintenance. Work is performed under very close supervision. If appropriate, employees may be assigned to shift work; shift schedules vary by work location.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Click on link below to view qualification standard.
Trades and Labor

US Army Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM Job Qualification System for trades and labor occupations. Candidates will be required to meet the qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying.

 

To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate the ability to do the work of a Student Trainee (Lock and Dam Operator) under normal supervision. Applicants should document experience in the following job elements:

1. Work practices (examples, weeding, pruning shrubbery, cutting grass, painting etc. )

2. Dexterity and Safety

3. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.

4. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

 

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Eye and hand coordination are required for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during maneuver boat equipment and wicket-hooking operations, and while performing other maintenance work. There is standing, stooping, bending, occasionally lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and generally continuous moderate to arduous physical activity. Where applicable, strenuous muscular tasks are performed for short periods of time while raising and lowering wickets. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  
Preponderance of work is performed outside, subject to extremes of temperature and weather. There is exposure to injuries associated with working in restricted areas (occasionally in cramped and/or uncomfortable cold or hot areas); from falling objects; from working with electrical power tools, wiring, or other equipment; from working with hand tools; and from falls while working on lock walls or other structures. The possibility of drowning exists as a result of falls while working around water, but the hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures, wearing of life jackets, and similar safety measures. Where applicable, wicket dam operations subject employee to exposure to hazards of working from maneuver boats, small skiffs, workboats, or others similar craft. During maintenance operations is occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

 


Applicants must be enrolled or currently accepted at a qualifying institution (i.e. high schools, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and universities); pursuing a related degree in maintenance, construction field, Building Utilities Program (BUM), Industrial Technology, or Fluid Power program  and enrolled at least half-time to qualify under the Pathways Program.

 

Only degrees from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be evaluated for US equivalency to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

NOTE: Unofficial Transcripts MUST be be submitted with applications. If selected, official college or university transcripts must be received before official start date.

All internship applicants are required to submit the following supportive documents:

  • Resume (with current cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation)
  • Current Transcript (official or unofficial accepted)

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the online questionnaire, and your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than supported by your resume/application, or your resume and/or application is incomplete, you may be rated as ineligible and not referred for further consideration for this Internship. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Army offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job
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    OTHER INFORMATION:

     Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers 

      

    If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement to verify Selective Service Registration.

    You must be at least 16 years of age.

    If selected, appliciant will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

    Multiple postions may be filled from this announcement. 



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. If applicable, current or prior Federal employee's attach a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50)

    4. 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.

    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 questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 871856.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    2. View Occupational QuestionnaireUse this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

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

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.
     

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • All applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts (official or unofficial) with their application package. Official college transcripts will be required at time of selection.  If you have not attended college, you MUST submit a copy of your acceptance letter.
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:  for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
    • If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    TDD: (800)627-3529
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA SWR USACE St Paul
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    ATTN PECH SWR L
    180 5th Street East Ste 700
    St Paul, MN
    55101-1678

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: applicanthelp@conus.army.mil



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    Job Announcement Number:

    SWGG13541126871856P

    Control Number:

    341291000