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Job Title:Student Trainee (Physical Science) (Pathways Internship)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:WTEV13655144936722PI

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

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$27,232.00 to $39,740.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Tuesday, September 10, 2013




Full Time - Internships




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Elmendorf AFB, AK United StatesView Map
Fort Wainwright, AK United StatesView Map
Kenai, AK United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.

About the Position: These Student Trainee (Physical Science) positions work as a team member engaged in special studies as assigned. The Student Trainee (Physical Science)  is required to utilize progressively increasing professional knowledge of physical, biological and ecological principles directed at avoidance of environmental impacts on the wetlands and waters, reduction of unavoidable impacts and to require mitigation or replacement of lost wetlands when appropriate and practicable.

Student Interns will be work a full-time schedule during summer break and other breaks in the school year. When a student intern is in school, they will work a part-time schedule of approximately 20 hours per week to accommodate the students' school schedule. This position will be filled at the GS-03 or GS-04 grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-05/07/09/11 grade levels upon graduation.

The intern positions may be located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the Fairbanks Field Office, or the Kenai Peninsula field office.


The advertised salary does not include the current rate of 5.57 % tax free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for duty locations of Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska or the 7.18% tax free Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for the Kenai area. The advertised salary does include the current 24.69% locality payment authorized for Alaska.

Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.


Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. 


The Department of the Army 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 the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  


The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.


To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: .

Who May Apply:

 Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to:

  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate AND who live within the local commuting area (50 mile radius) of either Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Kenai.


  • Required to sign a Pathways Intern Participant Agreement.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation.
  • Possession of a valid state driver's license.
  • This is a Career Program 18 position.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances will not be authorized


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These Pathways Internship Program positions are meant to provide experience and specialized training in the field of work related to the student's major field of study. Students will be involved with productive, hands-on job assignments. Duties performed consist of a wide variety of routine, repetitive tasks that require the application of simple work procedures within any of the functional areas of the biological, environmental, natural resource, specific projects and/or geographic functional areas. Duties can include assisting with permit monitoring and evaluation, data entry of environmental statistics, accompanying higher graded employees on field investigations to identify and delineate wetlands and, under direction help map, identify, and record information of significant ecological features.

Duties also include researching material sources, reports, regulations, correspondence files, and technical bibliographies for informational data on environmental laws and regulations or the availability of pertinent environmental documents or information on wetlands and waters of the United States.


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To qualify for Pathways Internship Program positions, students must meet the education requirements. Your qualifications will be evaluated based upon your total amount of completed education.

You will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

         Knowledge of basic Student Trainee (Biological Science) duties

         Ability to Process Data

         Skill in Using Equipment

Management may select at either the GS-03 or GS-04 grade level, depending upon qualifications with noncompetitive promotion potential to the GS-05, GS-07, GS-09 and GS-11 grade levels when qualified and depending upon performance.  The advancement of Interns to higher-graded positions, prior to conversion, is strictly at the agency's discretion. To qualify for promotions, the Interns must have the same level and type of experience and/or education usually required for an initial appointment.


To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, students must have successfully completed one year of post secondary studies and be currently enrolled in a post secondary school in a degree related program (i.e. Engineering, Hydrology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.)

To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, students must have successfully completed two years of post secondary studies and am currently enrolled in a post secondary school in a degree related program (i.e. Engineering, Hydrology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.)


Successfully completed an associate’s degree and be currently enrolled in a post secondary school in a degree related program (i.e. Engineering, Hydrology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) NOTE: One (1) year of education is defined as two semesters (30 semester or 45 quarter hours).

NOTE:  Two (2) years of education is defined as 4 semesters (60 semester or 90 quarter hours).

NOTE: Copies of unofficial transcripts/proof of enrollment must be provided at the time of application to support your educational claims. If selected, OFFICIAL transcripts/proof of enrollment must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet positive education requirements. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and


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

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

You are required to maintain school attendance of at least a half time course load.

You must be, and remain in good academic standing throughout this internship.

Physical Demands: Field visits require regular and recurring physical exertion such as: hiking long distances through rough country, repeated digging of soil pits, frequent bending or stooping to sample vegetation, climbing steep inclines, and jumping over obstructions. The incumbent must possess the required physical abilities, which have allowed him/her to obtain a valid and current motor vehicle operator's license.

Work Environment: Work is performed both in an office and field setting. Field visits involve regular and recurrent exposure to adverse weather conditions or situations in which one is exposed to heavy earth moving equipment or unimproved roads that must be traversed. Such work environments may also involve exposure to unfavorable conditions such as dangerous chemicals, noise, fumes, and contaminated water and require use of protective equipment such as hard hats, protective shoes, etc.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.



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

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • 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.


    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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

    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. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, September 10, 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 using the following Vacancy ID936722.  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

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use 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.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. 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 accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • 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.
    • Applicants MUST include a copy of their unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification for high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with their application.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • 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:   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.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA WER Alaska
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.
    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at, or (410) 306-0137.

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