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Job Title:Intern NTE 1 Year - Student Trainee (Laborer/Line Crew Support)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-14-IN-112

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$18.37 to $18.37 / Per Hour


Saturday, February 22, 2014 to Thursday, March 06, 2014




Full-Time during summer 2014 - Internship Not-To-Exceed 1 Year


3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Fort Peck, MT View Map
Glendive, MT View Map
Havre, MT View Map


Applications will be accepted from United States citizens who are degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited educational institutions. MUST BE A CURRENT STUDENT OR ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT in an accredited program TO APPLY.


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About the Agency

Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Montana Maintenance Office (B5120), in one of three duty locations:

Fort Peck, MT

Havre, MT

Glendive, MT

Find out more about living conditions at these duty stations.

You may apply to be considered for one, two or all three of the duty locations listed. 

You must be willing and available to report for duty at the designated duty station.

The purpose of the Pathways Intern Employment Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the Western Area Power Administration and the intern.


  • 25% or Greater
  • May require 11 or more days of travel per month.


  • No


  • Must a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Must be taking at least half-time academic course load
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be at least 16 years old


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Typical laborer duties include but are not limited to the following:
Loading and unloading transmission line materials from trucks;
Building gates/fences on rights of way, repairing site fencing, assisingt crew in installation of equipment (i.e. carrying, holding, bolting of metal pieces);
Providing ground support for transmission line installation/repair activities;
Moving furniture, supplies, etc. by hand or by handtruck; opens and stacks crates and boxes; digs ditches and trenches; fills holes with dirt and levels bumps; collects and empties garbage cans; washes and waxes trucks and cars; mixes and pours concrete.
Position requires use of various hand tools and equipment such as handtruck, hedge trimmers, crowbar, shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, hand mower, and power mower.
Work may be performed at remote sites and will require considerable travel requiring temporary lodging away from duty station.


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Pathways Intern Employment candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with Western and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be further evaluated, according to the degree to which they posses the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics required for this job. These factors should be addressed as part of your application package:

1.  Ability to work safely with such tools and equipment as described above.

2.  Ability to follow oral and in written instructions.


An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying education institution that as been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: A public high school whose curriculum has been approved by the State or local governing body, a private school that provides secondary education as determined under State law; or home school that is allowed to operate in that state; a technical or vocational school; a 2-year or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school. Student must be seeking a degree and taking at least a half-time academic or vocational or technical course load leading to a certificate (equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study) or degree; and must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the duration of the student appointment.

Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Accredited Institutions and Programs:

For Pathways program eligibility requirements click here.


Applicants will be evaluated based on information contained in their application/resume/transcripts. Applicants should include all pertinent experience, awards, commendations, training, and other information in the application. Also, applicants MUST submit transcripts (official or unofficial) and/or verification of enrollment with application.
Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • Appointee will be required to possess a pair of fully-encased safety-toed footwear meeting the latest standards of ANSI Z41.1 (class C75/175) upon reporting to work.
  • You must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to lift and carry loads of 50 pounds and over.
  • Standing, walking, bending, and reaching for long periods may be required.
  • Work is indoors and outdoors, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. May be in close restricted quarters and on or around moving equipment.
  • Must be able to travel 11 or more days per month.
  • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.
  • You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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You must submit your completed online application by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date to be considered. You must apply online; paper applications will not be accepted. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

Steps to submit a complete application:

1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.

2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder.

3. Once you are logged in and have your résumé completed, click the Apply Now button.

4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following any instructions provided.

5. You may then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.

IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE JUST YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received. Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.

If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified'. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please note that Western will NOT accept documents submitted by email, fax, mail or hand-carried.

NEED HELP? If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
People with Disabilities - If you cannot apply online because of your disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents prior to the vacancy closing to receive consideration for this announcement:

1.  Resume

2.  School transcripts showing courses, credits completed, and proof of current enrollment. Transcripts must also show a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Unofficial transcripts are fine for the application process. If selected, an official transcript will be required.

3.  (If applicable) DD-214, which indicates your nature of discharge if claiming veteran’s preference (do not submit originals).  Veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference ( and a copy of your letter from either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any. Preference will not be afforded without appropriate documentation.


Katherine Iavicoli
Phone: 720-962-7106
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 W Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will evaluate your qualifications and determine your ranking.  To check your application status, log on to the USAJOBS web-site, click the "My Account" tab, and "Application Status".  We will update your status when changes are made.

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