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Job Title:  NAGT and USGS Internship Program - Excepted Service
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Geological Survey
Job Announcement Number:  PAC-2014-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.38 to $17.76 / Per Hour
Monday, November 04, 2013 to Friday, December 27, 2013
Temporary - Temporary, Full Time, 10-12 Weeks with possible extension of up to 5 months.
50 vacancies - Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Students must be nominated by their field camp director before they can apply for this paid internship with the USGS.


Internship Summary:  NAGT/USGS interns work on all sorts of different projects. Some of this work is done in the field, office, or laboratory.  New projects are available each year. NAGT/USGS Interns are placed where research is being done, which may be in almost any location throughout the U.S. 
To read a history of the NAGT/USGS Internship Program and information about last year’s projects and student placements, visit

Background:  Started in 1965, the NAGT-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences.  Over the past forty years, more than 2250 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals establishing careers with USGS, academia, and with industry.
Nominated students must submit their application package to USGS by the deadline date. Although not all applicants will receive internships, every effort is made to provide as many placements as possible that will result in professional growth for the students and scientific contribution to the projects. A scientific panel reviews all student application materials.  Scientists who have submitted a proposal for an intern will interview and decide among the recommended applicants. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the home project site and housing for the summer.
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Overnight travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.


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The internship experience attempts to complement the intern’s academic background and interests while allowing for further development in a range of natural science areas.   Based on the major focus of the science project, the positions may be filled within the following occupations:  Biologist, Cartographer, Chemist, Ecologist, Geographer, Geologist, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, or Physical Scientist.


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In order to be considered for these internships, nominated candidates must meet one of the following occupational qualification requirements for Geologist, Geophysicist, Physical Scientist, Hydrologist, Chemist, Biologist, Ecologist, or Geographer prior to their appointment date.
For Geologist, GS-1350-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Geophysicist, GS-1313-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Physical Scientist, GS-1301-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Hydrologist, GS-1315-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Chemist, GS-1320-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Biologist, GS-401-5 qualification requirements, click here:
For Ecologist GS-408-5 qualification requirements click here:
For Cartographer, GS-1370-5 qualifications, click here:             
For Geographer, GS-150-5 qualification requirements click here: 
Occasionally interns may only qualify as a GS-3 or 4 technicians.  Below are the qualification requirement links for biology, physical science, hydrology and cartographic technician.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? A background investigation will be required for this position. Employment in all federal positions is 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.


Placement of Interns: The Human Resources Office will provide the NAGT National Education Coordinator with the application materials.  The NAGT National Education Coordinator will submit all application packages to a subject expert panel.  This panel will review and match potential candidates to available scientists and projects.  Candidates will be contacted by the Education Office and individual project scientists for possible interviews.
To preview questions please click here.


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Temporary appointees will not be covered 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.


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, and meet immigration laws.

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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
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Application materials required for this opportunity 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 application, you cannot be considered for this internship. Requests for extensions cannot 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 already 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 Core profile questions and a questionnaire to ensure you have provided a complete application package
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 from the list below.

Robert W. Ridky, Ph.D.
USGS National Education Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey MS912
Reston, VA 20192
Laura Corey
USGS Education Program Analyst                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

HR Contacts If you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources , Atlantic Human Resources Specialist, Seth Thomas, email, 703-648-5784 or  Pacific Human Resources Specialist, Lisa James, email, 916-278-9405.                                                                                                                           


Applicants are to submit the following documents by the closing date of the announcement.
AResume. Please ensure that the resume includes:
  1. Number and title of the vacancy announcement;
  2. Current and permanent mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.  Please specify the date when your current information will no longer be valid;
  3. Dates of availability for internship;
  4. Country of citizenship;
  5. Veterans Preference Documentation- DD214 and/or Veteran’s letter (if necessary);
  6. Names of colleges and universities attended;
  7. Type of degree(s), major(s) earned and the years they were/will be received;

B-   Cover Letter. The cover letter should contain a statement about your professional goals and interests and how this internship might contribute to your career objectives.  It may also include pertinent biographical information that does not appear on the resume.
C-   Educational Transcripts.  Successful completion of education must be provided including a list of courses in progress.  At this application stage, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you must provide an official transcript, so be prepared to provide when requested.
      Foreign Education Documentation, if applicable. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements if acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States is provided. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide such evidence. Click here for additional information on acceptable documentation.
D- Supporting Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214).
Required documents may be:
1) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments in PDF format only
2) Uploaded directly from your desktop in PDF format only
3) Faxed to the Agency HR contact in PDF format only (see "HR Contact") or
4) Use Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
All documents must be received during the open period.  If not, they will not be accepted.


Lisa James
Phone: 916-278-9405
Fax: 916-278-9406
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
3020 State University Drive East
Modoc Hall, Suite 2001
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-278-9406


After interviews and recommended placements have been made, the Human Resources Office will contact the applicant to make a formal job offer.  At this point, the selectee will be required to provide information for a background investigation before an entrance on duty date is set.

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