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Job Title:Student Trainee (Economist)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-INTERN-0199-PW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $47,448.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 18, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013




Full Time - Internships




1 vacancy - Fort Collins, CO View Map
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


Students who are currently accepted for enrollment or enrolled on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in Federal agencies and explore careers while still in school and getting paid for work performed.

This is a Student Trainee (Economist) position in the Enterprise Program Office and is located in Ft. Collins, CO. This position may be filled at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level with a target conversion position of GS-0110-11. For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Deborah McGlothlin at 559-920-4952 email:

The position in Washington, D.C. is with the Fire and Aviation team. For additional information on the duties of this position, please contact Mark Lichtenstein at 202-205-0936 email:

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Must complete and pass a background and security investigation
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
  • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree


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This Pathways Internship Program position is located on a Forest Service unit. The incumbent serves as a Student Intern providing technical assistance to Forest Service personnel by accomplishing economic and management analysis support. These duties are performed as part of required on-the-job training in conjunction with scholastic training at an accredited educational institution as it pertains to various Forest Service positions in the economic and related fields.

The duties of this position may include, but are not limited to: perform research and analysis assignments of moderate difficulty or to assist higher-grade economists on limited aspects of larger projects; conducts research and analysis of moderate scope and complexity or of average difficulty, using standard practices; assists a higher-grade economist in preparing plans and schedules, and conducting detailed phases of technical work as part of a research project; determines data needs, alternative sources of data, and develops procedures for data collection; collects, edits, analyzes, evaluates, and interprets published and unpublished data pertinent to the assignment; prepares reports of research results with recommendations for action, expansion of present studies, or initiation of new studies; and performs other duties as assigned.


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Applicants must meet the definition of a student – be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate.

Candidates must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:

GS-07: Completion of one full academic year of graduate-level education or eligible for Superior Academic Achievement after completing a bachelor’s degree

GS-09: Completion of two academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree

Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.

This position has a positive education requirement. The required education must lead to a degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will participate in the intern program. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding position.

The term positive education requirement refers to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determination that the duties of a scientific, technical, or professional position cannot be performed by an individual that does not have the prescribed minimum education. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 0110 series see the OPM Qualifications Standard found at:

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

The candidates academic or career goals should be related to the position that they are appointed to. To qualify for the USDA Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Must be enrolled in at least a half-time status or accepted as a degree/certificate seeking student

• Must be in good academic standing as defined by the academic institution

• Must submit unofficial transcript(s) or verification documentation. Official transcripts will be required if applicant is selected for a position

• Must be eligible for the Pathways program for the duration of the appointment


Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, students should completely review the job description and requirements. Students should only apply for positions if they meet the required minimum qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement. Do not apply to a duty location if you are not willing to accept or travel to that location.

If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you can meet both the minimum qualifications and program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your qualifications for Federal positions, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions. Your resume must include:

• GPA/academic standing

• Complete course work (unit/credit hours)

• Work and/or volunteer experience including employment dates, salary and supervisor information

• References

Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements of the Internship program and the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position, may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified applicants with veteran’s preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have preference.

To view the application form, visit:


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: .


  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible – Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied or guaranteed.
  • Background Investigation and Fingerprint Check: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location.
  • The incumbents of Internship positions may be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where the employee's services are needed as determined by management.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59 ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documentation must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required time frames. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegal fax transmissions, delays in mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

1. Cover letter - optional (one-page maximum)

2. Resume that includes the following information: 1) contact information; 2) completed course work (unit/credit hours); 3) education/GPA; 4) work/volunteer experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series, and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisor’s phone number and email address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 6) References.

3. Unofficial Transcripts: An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required. Transcripts MUST include the student’s full name, name of the school, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework, and degree program. If your school’s unofficial transcripts or documentation does not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional academic documentation that meets the requirements.

4. Acceptance letter: Students who have recently graduated or are expected to graduate in the fall/winter term must also include an official acceptance letter along with their transcripts to verify they are continuing their education.

5. DD-214 (MEMBER 4 COPY) if claiming Veteran’s Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference.

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous documentation is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency’s staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


HRM Contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248
Fax: N/A
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: N/A


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the selecting official. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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