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Job Title:Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary Biometrician, Biologist/Statistician)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R7-13-847986-Intern

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

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$51,825.00 to $67,368.00 / Per Year


Friday, August 23, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013




Full Time - Internships




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map
Fairbanks, AK United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


You too can make a difference in our world.  The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied.  Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?  Click here to watch short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is Our Strength

For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

This position will be located in Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 7 - Alaska 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. 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) and be in good academic standing.


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.

To be eligible for conversion, interns must: Be a US citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquires through the Internship program; complete degree or certificate program; meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement; perform their job successfully; and receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor.

This position will be advertized under two announcements, one for the Pathways Internship Program and one for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program.


  • Must meet eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program
  • Must have a GPA of at least 2.0
  • Background Investigation required
  • Must be a student as defined in this vacancy announcement
  • Requires Pathways Participant Agreement
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Seletive Svs.


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As a  Student Trainee (Biometrician, Biologist/Statistician), you will:


  • Provide support to Biologists with regards to project planning, project implementation and reporting
  • Assist in applying concepts, analytical methodology, statistical analysis and other mathematical or biological disciplines to projects
  • Contribute to the development of biological study proposals, survey design, and scope of work under guidance of senior Biometricians 
  • Assist with the routine aspects of biological field investigations involving fish, wildlife and their habitats, including population and harvest surveys, biological sampling, population health studies, specimen collection, food habit studies and population modeling
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis to help produce scientifically defensible reports, articles for publication in scientific literature and presentations at professional meetings
  • Provide general advice and support to Service staff that represent the US Fish and Wildlife Service on committees and panels which are made up of multiple Federal, state, Native, and private organizations for joint management of fish and wildlife resources which fall under Service jurisdiction


For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Suresh Sethi at


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In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. 


This is an interdisciplinary (Statistics and Biology) position with a positive education requirement which requires that you meet one of the following requirements:


For the Student Trainee Statistician (GS-1599)

You must have a degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing. (NOTE: You must submit copy of your transcripts)


You must have a combination of education and experience that includes courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. (To compute this first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement, then determine your specialized experience as a percentage : add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify)


For the Student Trainee Biologist (GS-0499)

You must have completed a degree in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (NOTE: You must submit copy of your transcripts)


You must have a combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major course of study (24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, chemistry plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major as described above (To compute this first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement, then determine your specialized experience as a percentage: add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify).


In addition to meeting the positive education requirement, you must satisfy one of the requirements described below to qualify for the GS-09 level:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: providing technical assistance on the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of field project investigations related to fish or wildlife population dynamics, population estimation, resource and statistical modeling, statistical treatments of population genetics data, and mixed-stock analyses; ensuring that designs meet identified study objectives, are statistically valid, and provide interpretations valuable to managers through reports and presentations


You must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. (NOTE: You must submit copy of your transcripts)


Have a combination of education and experience.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements and qualifications that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.


All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance. 


Direct Deposit is required.



Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position

  • Knowledge and understanding of limitations imposed by biological, logistical, and economic constraints associated with conducting surveys and studies of fish and wildlife species
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis of biological data, interpret results from statistical analyses, draw rational and objective conclusions, and prepare clear, concise technical and administrative reports on the results
  • Ability to communicate effectively


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits.


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. 


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We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 847986

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Friday, August 30, 2013

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Annyn Vanderlooven at (907)271-2455 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary Biometrician, Biologist/Statistician) and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-13-847986-Intern.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
  • Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Annyn Vanderlooven
Phone: (907)271-2455
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
AK Combined Service Center
222 West 7th Ave #13
Anchorage, AK


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

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