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Job Title:  Geographer Student Trainee (Internship)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2014-02 (EX-rb)

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
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to Friday, May 02, 2014
Pathways Appointment Full-time or Part-time (see summary). - Pathways Internship intended to continue through completion of education and work requirements.
1 vacancy - Grand Junction, CO   View Map
Applications will be accepted from degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time at Colorado Mesa University.


About the Agency

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:  View our DVD titled “Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork” at:

This position is being filled in the excepted service under the Pathways Program. This is a planned and progressive education program that offers valuable work experience directly related to a student’s academic field of study. After successfully completing your education and meeting agency work requirements, you may be converted to a term, career, or career-conditional appointment.

Schedule may vary to accommodate the student's school schedule during the school year, and/or full-time during the summer and school breaks.


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires some overnight travel, and as such, a valid, state-issued driver's license is required to travel.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see how to apply).
  • Enrolled or accepted at a qualifying educational institution.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
  • Must complete 640 hours of work experience prior to completing degree.


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As a trainee, you will perform a variety of developmental assignments of progressive difficulty in areas of geography and the geographic information system (GIS). Assignments are designed to improve the trainee’s grasp and understanding of the GIS.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual pursuing undergraduate degree program in geography or the Geographic Information Science and Technology Program. Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education and experience.

Under the close direction of the supervisor or higher graded employee, the incumbent performs, assists in, and/or continues to learn about the specialized work of their assigned area through developmental assignments, such as:

- Assisting in the development of local guidance for the area office for GIS utilization and support;
- Assisting in the planning and implementation of applications involving GIS;
- Assisting in the development of GIS applications to spatially display and analyze climate and hydrologic data pertinent to reservoir operations;
- Digitizing data with Reclamation's GIS software;
- Assisting in the development and implementation of quality assurance procedures for digital data collected by area office personnel or contractors.

As the trainee progresses, assignments will be made to involve the incumbent in more difficult and challenging assignments.


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Must be attending an accredited college or university at least part-time, seek a degree in geography, or other physical/social science related field, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.

To qualify for the GS-4, you must have: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree -OR- completion of 1 academic year of study and 6 months of general work experience -OR- completion of 1 1/2 academic years of study and 3 months of general work experience.

Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application and official transcripts will be required prior to hiring.


-- An accredited College (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges);
-- A professional, technical, vocational, and trade school;
-- A graduate/advanced degree program;
-- Other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

You must meet all qualification requirements, and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.



Your application package (resume, transcripts, and supporting documents) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume and supporting documents. Your resume must support your level of education claimed, experience, which may include volunteer experience, and/or training.

Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, qualified veterans will be referred ahead of all non-veterans.
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You can review our benefits at:

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.


For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please visit: 

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Selective Service: 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:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.


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Applications (resume and transcripts) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the bottom of this page. You are required to provide transcripts in addition to your on-line application. Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to:

OTHER OPTIONS to submit documents: E-mail to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (Attn: Lyn Lacson, UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-552), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months and hours worked per week), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Proof of enrollment/acceptance with a qualifying educational institution.

-- TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your high school or college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official high school or college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

-- Each student will be required to submit a letter of verification from his/her educational institution showing proof of enrollment in school for the upcoming semester/quarter either as a part-time or as a full-time student.

-- DD-214: If you are a veteran and wish to receive consideration as a VETERAN you must submit a DD-214 that verifies your United States military service and indicates the type of discharge received. If you are claiming compensable disabled veteran's preference, you must submit a SF-15 and appropriate supporting documentation (VA Letter dated 1991 or later), in addition to your DD-214 that verifies your veteran's preference eligibility. For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

--CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Lyn Lacson
Phone: 801-524-3631
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-552
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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