Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

  • you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); and
  • enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum.
  • students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis. 
  • You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.


Major Duties:
As a Student Trainee (Biology) with the Southwest Biological Science Center, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of Biological Science.
Duties include:

  • Assist in collecting, sorting and organizing samples in laboratory and in field.
  • Follow instructions in performing laboratory duties such as cleaning and maintaining field and laboratory equipment.
  • Measure and make laboratory solutions, prepare solutions and use laboratory equipment.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to determine the species, density and distribution of bird, plant and invertebrate populations.
  • Field work requires hiking >10 miles per day, with 5000 feet elevation gain, carrying 40+ lb packs, possibly in extreme weather, heat and cold.
  • Field work involves of several days to multiple weeks in duration of foot or by boat and camping in extreme weather conditions. Risks include but are no limited to: falls, insect stings, heat exposure, dehydration, hypothermia and drowning.
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 3 nights per month required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No