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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Student Trainee (Hydrology); GS-1399-9/11; PWI-ST

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:ATL-2014-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1399-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Pathways Internship Appointment Not-to-Exceed 1-Year, - Part-Time; 20 hrs/week

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Menlo Park, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below.

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you a current student looking for a temporary position in the Federal workforce?  If you answered "yes" to this question, then this is the job for you!

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
The full performance level of this position will be set at the grade level at which you are selected.
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.
This is a temporary internship to complete project work that’s temporary in nature.  The appointment is not-to-exceed 1-year and can be extended without further competition based on the need of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements described below. 
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.  
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

  • you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and
  • enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum.
  • students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis.
You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
  • Overnight travel of approx. 1 night per month may be required.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:
As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) with the National Research Program, Western Branch, located in Menlo Park, CA, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of hydrology.
Duties include:
-Independently conducts interpretive studies or parts of larger hydrologic projects, performing analyses and evaluations, participating in methods development, and formulating scientific findings.
-Apply mathematical techniques and performs computerized analyses to solve scientific problems, to investigate and unsaturated-zone hydrologic characteristics, to develop unsaturated-zone hydrologic computer. models, and to modify existing techniques and practices.
-Participate in field experiments involving the collection of varied and extensive hydrologic data, core and other samples from soil and rock, and operation of appropriate measuring instruments.
-Write scientific reports that reflect sound application of hydrologic principles and concepts, and that include analysis and evaluation of varied technical problems and issues.
-Conduct complex laboratory experiments exploring water movement through unsaturated porous media, occasionally involving modification or adaptation of existing techniques and procedures.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/1315.html.
For GS-09:

In addition to the basic education requirement required to be eligible for this position, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-09 level based on specialized experience:

One year of appropriate professional experience in hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include performing a variety of observations, computations, compilations and analyses in assisting higher level Hydrologists in carrying out hydrologic assignments. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures, and would have required a good general working knowledge of the principles and the theories of hydrology.

For GS-11:


In addition to the basic education requirement required to be eligible for this position, applicants must meet the following to qualify for the GS-11 level based on specialized experience:
One year of appropriate professional experience in hydrology that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include independent responsibility for a well-defined study or for a phase of a larger study that required the planning and carrying out of routine hydrologic work. This work would have required the individual to select and make minor adaptations to procedures and accepted practices and handle unexpected conditions arising in the normal course of the work. At this level, Hydrologists have a sound working knowledge of the principles of hydrology and the ability to independently perform moderately difficult and responsible scientific work.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. 


If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) by the closing date of this advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration.  This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.  Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. 
If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts and/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled in a degree/certificate program on at least a half time basis in good standing and your expected graduation date.
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Basis of Rating:
You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position.  If you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality group (i.e., Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified).  These responses must be substantiated by the resume.  Veterans’ preference rules apply.
Vacancy Related Questions:  As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:
Interpersonal Communication; Laboratory Techniques; Scientific Knowledge; Written Communication; Compute/Analyze Data; Technical Reports; Mathematical Functions
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Temporary appointees are ineligible for coverage by a Federal retirement system and are ineligible for Federal life insurance. After one year of employment, you may enroll in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program but you must pay the total cost of the insurance.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You are required to provide proof of student enrollment such as your current unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or an acceptance letter for future enrollment by the closing date of the advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirementsyou must show proof of continued education such as an acceptance letter or you will be disqualified.   This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.   
If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.
Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marianne Weiner
Phone: 703-648-7491
Fax: 703-648-4113
Email: mweiner@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 601
Reston, VA
20192
US
Fax: 703-648-4113

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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Job Announcement Number:

ATL-2014-0004

Control Number:

353916800