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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biological Support )
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R3-14-1056207-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28,269.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 06, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Temporary NTE 1 year
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Brussels, IL View Map
Carterville, IL View Map
Winona, MN View Map
Columbia, MO View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Q - Nonsensitive


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This is a Pathways Internship Program position not to exceed 1 year.  This position may be terminated at any time or may be extended at management's discretion without further competition if the employee remains eligible for employment in the Pathways Intern Program.

You would serve as a Student Trainee (Biological Support) at a National Wildlife Refuge or Wetland Management District in support of programs conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Positions will be filled at:

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, MO - Anticipated field season is from May to August.  

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Carterville, IL - Anticipated field season is from May 2014 to May 2015.  Must be available to work year round.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels, IL -  Anticipated field season is from May to August.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Winona, MN - Estimated field season is May-August 2014.  Possible work year round. 

Applicants will identify which duty locations they wish to be considered for when completing the on-line questionnaire.

The work schedule is part time or full time, pay status to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background investigation required
  • Must meet the Pathways Internship requirements


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The Pathways Internship Program is a work experience that provides an opportunity for students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic or career goals.  The assignments may include tasks such as the following:Completes routine surveys of wildlife & plants in forest, wetland, and grassland habitats and conducts forest inventory.

  • Assisting in collecting and recording information on habitat conditions, water level readings, aquatic plant production, etc.
  • Assists in banding of waterfowl and other wildlife species.
  • Assists in the area of public use which may include answering visitor questions, patrolling an area, assisting in a visitor center, and conducting refuge tours.
  • Assists with maintenance and construction work, such as fencing, boundary posting, painting, etc.  Assists with repair of dikes, and water control structures, etc., and a variety of other related duties.
  • May be required to operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, and tractors.


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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. 

For the GS-499: 

OPM's  Qualification standard:

To Qualify for GS-4:

Education:  Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associates degree (as determined by the educational institution attending).

Experience:Completion of 6 months general experience and 6 months specialized experience.  General experience is defined as any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.    Examples of specialized experience include: collecting and assembling biological data, assisting in performing biological studies, providing scientific or outdoor recreation information to the general public and construction/maintenance on habitat restoration projects. 

Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.  To determine if you qualify based on a combination of education and experience, determine your total  qualifying experience as a percentage of the above requirement; then determine your education as a percentage of the above requirement. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-4.

Special Provisions for Interns with Previous Related Education or Experience:  Previous education and/or experience may be evaluated to determine the highest grade level for which the individual is qualified.

Previous education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Pathways Internship requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in an accredited educational institution.
  • Must be taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school.
  • Must be in and maintain good academic standing.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be related to the Intern's academic career goals or field of study.  
  • Complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Program Participant Agreement. 
  • Provide official transcripts and enrollment verification.
  • Please Note: You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment under the Pathways Internship Program to be considered for this position.

Driver’s License:   Incumbent must be able to operate a government owned or leased motor vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required.  Note: All operators of motor vehicles and equipment must be at least 18 years of age. All operators of commercial motor vehicles must be at least 21 years of age.

Uniform: The incumbent may be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform in accordance with Service policy.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.

Relocation: Relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Work schedule may be changed at the discretion of the hiring manager.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit. 

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:


.Once the application process is complete, a review of your application materials will be made to determine if you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements for the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) or Competencies are the attributes required to perform the job.  They are generally demonstrated through experience, education or training in this position.  The KSAs applicable to this position include:

Written and oral communication

Scientific measurements and keeping records

Interpersonal skills

Simple mathematical calculations

All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans' preference order.

Preference in hiring will be given to applicants claiming veteran's preference over those not making a claim.  Applicants will not receive numerical ratings.  For information on veteran's preference and what to submit to verify your claim to veteran's preference refer to the "Required Documents" section in this announcement.

To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


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The Federal Government offers a benefits package to temporary employees that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.  Temporary employees are ineligible to enroll in Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) until they complete one year of current continuous employment.

The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to most Federal employees:


More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to receive consideration.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1056207.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


In addition to your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, the following documents are required:

Transcripts or acceptance for enrollment (you MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial college transcripts that include credits and hours are acceptable), or proof of acceptance.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
To claim veterans preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and/or other proof of eligibility.  Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10-point preference will need to submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  Missing information may result in a change or removal of your claim for veterans preference. (if applicable)
If you fail to submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
  • Your full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers; Country of Citizenship.  If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
  • Education - High school name, city, state, and zip code, date of diploma or GED.  For any colleges and/or universities attended, include city, state, and zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree was received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
  • Work Experience - List each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions).  Include job title; duties and accomplishments; number of hours worked per week; employer's name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); and salary.  For seasonal employment, list starting and ending dates for each period of work.  Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • Other Qualifications - Job-related training courses (title and year); job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); job-related certificates and licenses; and job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).  Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Jaimie M. Carpenter
Phone: (612)713-5230
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Minnesota
Division of Human Resources
5600 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.

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