Job Overview


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

The Pathways Internship Program is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Education Employment Program (SEEP) by consolidating the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their career, before their careers paths are fully established.

These positions are expected to begin Summer 2014. Positions to be filled are Student Trainees in Forestry. The program allows students to gain real, paid work experience while pursuing a college degree in a particular career field. Work locations vary each summer and the duties and locations are designed to provide hands-on experience and training in the specific discipline for which hired. (Students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications and other eligibility requirements may be offered permanent positions with our agency upon graduation.)

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of the applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referrals of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 03/05/2014. Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date that requests for the List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. The applicants with 10-point Veterans’ Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified. Your applicant period of eligibility will be for six (6) months. The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 6-month period of eligibility. You must reapply to keep your application active.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).


Student Trainee (Forestry)

As a student trainee with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, you will train and gain experience by working with forestry management professionals in performing technical and entry level professional duties pertaining to forestry management work.

Additional duties may consist of but not limited to:

·         Working with professional foresters and technicians performing technician support tasks relating to forest management such as marking and/or thinning timber; take simple measurements such as running compass lines, measure and record distances, heights, diameters and growth of trees. Learn plant terminology and identification, soils classification, and use of aerial photos.

·         Continuing to become familiar with the proper forestry instruments to perform the work and the proper care of those instruments.

·         Receiving orientation pertaining to the organizational structure of the Bureau and its methods of managing trust forest resources.

·         Receiving other assignments to broaden knowledge of Bureau activities in the related program functions, such as wildlife and recreation.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No