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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biological Science Support)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R4-14-1124313-AL-DEU

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
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to Monday, June 02, 2014
Part Time 24 hours - Internships NTE 1 Year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Boqueron, Cabo Rojo, PR View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.


This is a Part-Time (24 hours), Term Pathways internship (Not to exceed 1 year)(May be extended up to 4 years at managements discretion).  This position is located at the Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, Boqueron, Puerto Rico.

This position is being filled under the Pathway's Internship Program.  Appointments may be extended based on continued need/funds and the student's continued eligibility in the Pathways Internship Program.  

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation). 


You must submit a copy of your most recent transcripts AND proof of current enrollment in school in order to be considered for this position. 


What are the Pathways 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 institution (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
•Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify accreditation, please visit:; and
•Students must be in good academic standing according to their institution; and
•Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time course load and be in good standing (2.0 GPA or above). "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.


You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.


  • No


  • Background Investigation Required
  • Must meet Pathways eligibility requirements
  • Non-standard tour of duty (e.g. weekends, holidays, nights)
  • Wear of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Uniform
  • Operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle (at least 18 years old)
  • Fluent in both Spanish and English


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- Assist Fish and Wildlife biologists working with protection and conservation of fish and wildlife resources.

- Assist with habitat restoration projects including shade coffee initiative.

- Collect biological data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

- Transfer GIS data to databases and maps.

- Draft interpretative material such as species lists and various sites of interest.

- Answer routine questions from partners and the general public.


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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.  This handbook can be viewed at

Qualification requirements for this position at the GS-03 level: You must meet A, B or C

A. Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study with specialization in or directly related to the position.

B. Have 6 months of general experience that demonstrates my ability to perform the work of the position. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work.

C. Have a combination of education and experience which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirement

Qualification requirements for this position at the GS-04 level: You must meet A, B or C

A. Completion of 2 years of study above high school at an accredited college or university with specialization in or directly related to the position.

B. Have six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work. Examples of specialized experience includes: Participating in conducting field work such as wildlife surveys, measuring habitat characteristics, and recording and organizing biological data.

C. Have a combination of education and experience which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirement


Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

Pathways Program Agreement Required

The employee selected will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts. 

The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.


The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.


Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 


The person selected for this position will be required to submit an SF-78, Certificate of Medical Examination, if the form is not already on file.


Must be able to frequently lift and carry parts and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.


This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.


The ability to speak and write in both Spanish and English fluently is a requirement of the position.


Selectee is entitled to 14.0 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) in addition to the basic salary. (Puerto Rico)


No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.


Work schedule may be changed 90 days after hire at the request of management or the employee with management approval.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: The work involves standing, bending, walking, hiking, carrying packs in excess of 50 pounds, and a moderate amount of physical exertion.

The employee works in an office or workshop setting and/or outdoors where variable weather conditions are encountered.


Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification & Pathways eligibility requirements for the job. Qualified students will be referred to the selecting official in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligibles having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

Referral is based on your responses to the occupational questions, the information you provide in your Resume, and supplemental materials.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  The occupational questions are based on the following knowledge, skills and abilities.


1. Knowledge and application of principals, practices and methods of wildlife and fish biology and management

2. Knowledge and experience in GIS and GPS application

3. Knowledge of software to produce a wide range of documents that require complex formats (fact sheets, spreadsheets, or database)

4. Ability to create maps and reports based on field data.

5. Ability to work effectively with co-workers, staff, and representatives from local, state, and federal agencies

6. Ability to communicate orally in order to meet and deal with people of various backgrounds


NOTE: You should be aware that your application package is subject to evaluation and verification.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.


1. 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.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 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 on CTAP/ICTAP see


3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).


4. An agency may convert an Intern non-competitively from the Pathways Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all educational requirements for that position are met and there is an available position.  However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, June 02, 2014


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


Apply online:


To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Assessment Questionnaire.


Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or you application will be incomplete.


Apply via fax:


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 02, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit via fax:     


1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.


3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.



1.     Resume

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Most Recent Transcripts  

4.     Verification of Current Enrollment


Faxing Supporting Documents:

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the Assessment Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s): 

1. Fax your documents using this required cover page ( and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1124313. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


·   Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

·   Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·   Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at


DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.


Anthony J. Long
Phone: (505)248-6941
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Resources
500 Gold Ave SW Rm 5222
Albuquerque, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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