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

Job Title:STUDENT TRAINEE

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Rural Housing Service

Job Announcement Number:TX-2014-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$12.07 to $24.40 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to Tuesday, April 01, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1199-03/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part-Time - Internships

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Stockton, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Agency serves rural communities throughout the country by investing in their communities through housing and utility infrastructure, by increasing economic opportunity, and by improving the quality of life for all rural Americans. Rural Development provides over 40 loan and grant programs in the Rural Housing and Community Facilities Services, Rural Business and Cooperative Services, and Rural Utilities Service. Rural Development supports a positive work environment and promotes diversity and inclusion for nearly 5,000 employees. Rural Development is a dynamic organization recruiting for employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those in rural communities and will enjoy working in a fast paced and results driven organization. Our commitment is to expand economic opportunity and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.  Rural Development offers a friendly and professional working environment and such excellent benefits as: a generous salary, alternative work schedules, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

This position is part-time at 20 hours per week.

This position is located USDA Rural Development Area Office in FORT STOCKTON, Texas.

 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must complete and pass a background and security investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will serve as a Student Trainee performing a variety of technical duties and activities related to Rural Development's Business loan and grant programs.  Answers incoming inquiries of a technical nature from local offices, lenders, CPA’s, investment brokers, corporation officers and others concerning Business and Cooperative programs with regard to eligibility and other requirements. Reviews applications and pre-applications to determine eligibility; checks for compliance with regulatory requirements.

 

  • Receiving visitors and answering telephone inquiries.
  • Maintaining electronic and manual files.
  • Collecting, gathering, and compiling data.
  • Operating automated systems.
  • Assisting with projects assigned by supervisor

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Must be at least 16 years of age. 

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 http://www.edu.gov/.

 

GS-03:  Applicants must have completed 1 full academic year of post-high school study.

GS-04:  Applicants must have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

 

GS-05:  Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.

 

GS-07:  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of bachelor's degree.

 

One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trade; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.  The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body.  All education beyond high school must be accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

 

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

 

1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses.

 

2. Grade-point average -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

 

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

 


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 http://www.edu.gov/.

•  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.
•  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.
•  Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.
•  A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
•  Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

  • Individuals will be evaluated against OPM qualification standard for the position being filled.  NOTE: To be considered for Pathways Internship positions, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement.  A copy is available at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PIP 
  • Each applicant will receive a determination of eligible or ineligible, with eligibles being referred for consideration. 
  • Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.
  • Veterans' Preference:  Preference eligibles will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles.  Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the referral list.  XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles.
    For more information on entitlement see: 
    http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.


To view the application form, visit: https://rhs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=cf5d6b02-d38b-49a2-856e-a2f200b86b60


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits 

Coverage under the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) programs. Coverage is available to Student Trainee who are employed under an OPM approved career-related work-study program under Schedule D of at least 1 year’s duration and who is expected to be in a pay status for at least one-third of the total period of time from the date of the first appointment to the completion of the work-study program.



OTHER INFORMATION:

•  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 NACI background investigation.
•  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 nor guaranteed.
  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
•  Relocation expenses are not authorized.
•  This position is not eligible for telework.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday).  If you cannot apply on-line, call the number listed under Agency Contact Information prior to the closing date to request a hard copy of the complete application package.  Application package will be sent to applicant. The completed package along with any required supporting documents must be received in the HR Office by the closing date of the announcement. No extension will be granted.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. 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. 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. Your resume should include physical addresses and telephone numbers for all contacts.

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. 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, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.The following documents 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 timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable, physical address; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing:
    • In the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar’s office). AND/OR
    • A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, student's name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
    • The letter, record or transcript provided must reflect current semester/quarter.
    • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy)if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference.Current Active Duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.
    • NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document 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's 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, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Belvia Stevenson
Phone: 254-742-9705
Fax: 254-742-0000
Email: belvia.stevenson@tx.usda.gov
Agency Information:
USDA, Rural Development
Please read complete announcement.
Please apply online.,
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Fax: 254-742-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful,  2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) 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. 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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Job Announcement Number:

TX-2014-0006

Control Number:

364644300