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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biology) GS-0499-03 (PAC-JD-PTI)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Geological Survey
Job Announcement Number:  PAC-2014-0391

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$12.07 to $15.68 / Per Hour
Monday, April 14, 2014 to Friday, April 18, 2014
Pathways Internship Appointment Not-to-Exceed 1-Year, - Part-Time 10-32 hours during the school year Full-Time hours during summer.
few vacancies in the following location:
Flagstaff, AZ View Map
All qualified U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below.
Q - Nonsensitive


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.


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


  • No


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
  • Selectee required to complete a pre-employment physical.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.


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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:



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In order to qualify for this position, you must meet one of the following:

-Six months of general experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the basic biological science duties or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


- Successful completion of one year above high school that included at least six semester hours  in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.


-A combination of undergraduate course work and experience which equates to 100% of the qualification requirement.

  • If this position requires specific educational coursework to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) by the closing date of this advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration.  This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • This is a temporary internship to complete project work that’s temporary in nature.  The appointment is not-to-exceed 1-year and can be extended without further competition based on the need of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements described below.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active.  Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. 
  • If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts and/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled in a degree/certificate program on at least a half time basis in good standing and your expected graduation date.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment 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.
  • This position requires a medical examination at Federal expense.


Basis of Rating:
You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position.  If you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality group (i.e., Best Qualified or Qualified).  These responses must be substantiated by the resume.  Veterans’ preference rules apply.
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You can review our benefits at:

Temporary appointees are ineligible for coverage by a Federal retirement system and are ineligible for Federal life insurance. After one year of employment, you may enroll in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Program but you must pay the total cost of the insurance.


  • Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
    Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
  • Are you a current student looking for a temporary position in the Federal workforce?  If you answered "yes" to this question, then this is the job for you!
  • Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4 years in duration) appointment.  Eligibility requirements for conversion:  must be a U.S. Citizen; complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program (*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the qualification requirements for the position to which you will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the Participant's Agreement; and must have performed successfully in your position as documented through performance evaluations.  *NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of the work experience hours may be waived, visit
  • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 
  • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


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  • Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
  • Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.


  • You are required to provide proof of student enrollment such as your current unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or an acceptance letter for future enrollment by the closing date of the advertisement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirementsyou must show proof of continued education such as an acceptance letter or you will be disqualified.   This proof may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information").  Please ensure that all documentation is legible.  If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts.   
  • If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.
  • Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').
  • Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.


Joseline Marquez
Phone: 303-236-9559
Fax: 303-236-5973
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
Box 25046, MS-612
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-236-5973


  • If you are one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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