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

Job Title:Student Trainee (Hydrology) GS-1399-07/09 (PAC-EM-PCI)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Geological Survey

Job Announcement Number:PAC-2014-0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1399-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Pathways Internship Appointment, - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Oklahoma City, OK 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:

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.
Are you a current student looking for a position in the Federal workforce that will provide you with valuable experience related to your academic or career goals? If you answered "yes" to this question, then this could be the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've dreamed of!
For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov/.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? Yes
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
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.
Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.  Eligibility requirements for conversion:  must be a U.S. Citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program (*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the qualification requirements for the position to which you will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the Participant's Agreement; and must have performed successfully in your position as documented through performance evaluations.  *NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of the work experience hours may be waived, visit http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/studentinterns.html
If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated target position will be Hydrologist; however, the target position may change based on the need of the organization at that time.  Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which converted.
This position is also being advertised concurrently under announcements:

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 1-3 nights per month may be required.
  • Selectee must provide a valid drivers license and safe driving record.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

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As a Student Trainee (Hydrology) with the Oklahoma Water Science Center, 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 Hydrologist.  Duties include:

  • Serve as a groundwater hydrologist with experience in fluid-flow modeling (MODFLOW).
  • Conduct interpretive studies with a small team of hydrologists, geologists, and hydrologic technicians.
  • Develop mathematical digital models used to simulate the hydrodynamics of groundwater in aquifer systems.
  • Attend, lead, and participate in meetings with cooperators, government agencies, private and professional organizations and the general public to coordinate water-resource activities.


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
 
Basic Education Requirement for all grades:  
Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Hydrologist, all grade levels.
A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics.        **OR**
B. A combination of education and experience-course work as shown in "A" above (30 semester hours or the equivalent in any combination of courses as specified in "A" above which must include at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics), plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)
Specialized Experience for GS-07:  In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants qualifying based on specialized experience must have one year of appropriate professional experience in Hydrology equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service.  Examples of GS-5 level experience could include taking measurements and collecting information; learning to take proper samples; conducting routine calculating, plotting, and checking of numerical data; preparing graphs and data profiles; and accomplishing routine analyses. This work experience would have involved receiving clear, specific, and detailed instructions as to the methods, procedures, and guidelines to use.
Specialized Experience for GS-09:   In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants qualifying based on specialized experience must have 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.

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


This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify.  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.

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 homeschool; 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; and
  • students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and
  • the duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.
You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
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.
You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possession of a valid State driver's license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State License and a copy of your driving record.

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.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Depending on the expected duration of your appointment under the Internship Program, you may be eligible for our comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here.
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.  

OTHER INFORMATION:

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. 
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
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:

Mike Ressel
Phone: 303-236-9335
Fax: 303-236-5973
Email: mressel@usgs.gov
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
Box 25046, MS-612
Lakewood, CO
80225
US
Fax: 303-236-5973

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:

PAC-2014-0033

Control Number:

355665900