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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Forestry) (Pathways Internship), GS-0499-3/4
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CO-14-25

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25,181.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
7 vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Q - Nonsensitive


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.


This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program that is designed to attract students with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.


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 career 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.)


This Announcement allows acceptance of the applicants through the open period of 08/08/14 with eligible applicants being placed on the 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 05/09/14 with a Cut-Off of 30 day increments to follow until 08/08/14. Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date that additional List of Eligibles may be requested in order 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.



GS-0499-3/4, DOI, BIA, Deputy Director - Trust Services



GS-4:  $28,269 - $36,746 Per Annum

GS-3:  $25,181 - $32,733 Per Annum



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 of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).




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As a student trainee with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, you will train and gain experience by working with forestry management professional 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.



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PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT: You must be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or who is enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma or certificate) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis (half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled).

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Pathways Program candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. See qualification requirements at:

For the GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study.

For the GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree leading to a bachelor’s degree with specialization in or directly related to the position such as Forestry, Natural Resources Management or related natural resource disciplines.

NOTE: One (1) year of education is defined as two semesters (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).


NOTE: Individuals must meet the eligibility and qualification requirements throughout the duration of the Internship appointment. Prior to initial appointment, Interns must provide documentation of student status.

NOTE: Copies of unofficial transcripts/proof of enrollment must be provided at the time of application to support your educational claims. If selected, OFFICIAL transcripts/proof of enrollment must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Application material will not be returned.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment 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.


OTHER: Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.



TELEWORK: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.


Pathways Internship Program Requirements:

· Must be at least 16 years of age (17 years if operating a motor vehicle)

· Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

· Must be enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited school.

· Must be taking at least half-time course load.

· Must be in an accepted or enrolled student status until at least 2014.


Student must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement. Intern may work full-time or part-time schedules.



To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: the Internship Program page on the Office of Personnel Management's website.

Conversion potential is dependent on management's discretion based on various factors such as budget, organizational need, student performance, education, etc.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

·Be a U.S. Citizen

·Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

·Complete their degree or certificate requirements

·Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted

·Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;

·Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questionnaire. You will receive a numeric rating based on the degree to which your background matches the qualifications required for this position. After review, if a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and experience, your score can and will be adjusted to accurately reflect your abilities. Please ensure that your resume is detailed to include specific experience that pertains to this position, and dates of past employment. 


Veterans’ preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs.   

Follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.




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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed


Combination Online/Fax:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1092681, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Friday, August 08, 2014.


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



    1. Letter of Interest

2. Your Résumé – Must contain the following:

· Job Announcement Number

· Work Experience: Position Title; Dates – from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy); Hours worked per week; Current Supervisor’s Name and Telephone number; and Duties

· Education

· References

3. A complete View Occupational Questionnaire

4. A recommendation letter from a tribal member and Academic Advisor

5. OF 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment

6. Applicant Screening Questionnaire

7. Form GSA 3607 Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record. No supervisory signature required.

8. Other supporting documents:

· Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (required for claiming Indian Preference). The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally-recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.

· Copies of your College transcript(s).

· Form DD-214, if claiming 5 point veteran's preference. If claiming 10 point or more veteran’s preference, submit Form DD-214, Standard Form 15 and required proof of entitlement from the VA.


Geralyn J. Eckiwaudah
Phone: (405)247-1618
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144


NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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