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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biology)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R3-14-1130949-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$15.15 to $21.59 / Per Hour
Thursday, June 19, 2014 to Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Barrington, IL View Map
Bloomington, MN View Map
Madison, WI View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


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This is a Pathways Career Internship Program position.  Applications will be accepted from all US citizens eligible for the Pathways Intern Program.  Positions are available at the following field offices: Chicago Ecological Services Field Office, Barrington, IL; Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office, Madison, WI; and two positions to be located at either the Region 3 Regional Office or Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, both of which are located in Bloomington, MN.  This is a student career intern working in a biological field.  The intern will perform a variety of duties that provide meaningful training and development opportunities leading to a career in professional biology.

The Barrington, IL office location will be moving to downtown Chicago, IL in the near future.

These positions will work full time and part time.  Pay status to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.  

This position requires the selectee to work a part time work schedule during the school year and full time during the field season.

Applicants must be mobile to all duty locations in Region 3 after graduation, if offered a permanent position upon graduation from college. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background investigation required
  • Must meet the Pathways Internship requirements (below)
  • Must have a valid driver's license


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The Pathways Internship Program is a work experience that provides an opportunity for students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic or career goals.  The assignments may include tasks such as the following:

  • Helps gather, organize and interpret biological, ecological, contaminant, pathological, public use, or other pertinent information to inform management decisions.  Assist with implementation of management plans, studies, and investigations required for resource protection, public information, and other aspects of natural resource management.
  • Assists biologists of higher grade in studying and preparing reports on proposals of planning agencies, to recognize probable effects on ecological resources.
  • Collects basic data from field investigations of land and water development projects.  Reports observations in field notes for use of higher grade-level employees.
  • Prepares correspondence pertaining to technical aspects of the work which are reviewed by a higher graded employee.
  • Searches published technical sources for information on designated topics and prepares for reference of others in the unit.
  • Provides assistance in carrying out programs to ensure good relations with local, state and federal agencies and communities and to inform and educate the general public about the goals of the program and field office.
  • Responds to written, phone and in person inquiries from the public and the news media, obtaining and providing requested information within established guidelines of the office and in conformance with agency Departmental policy.
  • Assists with the review of policy, regulations and legislation pertaining to fish and wildlife resources.


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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. 

For the GS-499: 

OPM's  Qualification standard:


GS-5 Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree (as determined by the educational institution attending).



1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: performing conventional scientific or natural resources management tasks that have well-established boundaries or expectations; completing developmental assignments that expand the employee's understanding of concepts and underlying principles; and/or program requirements and procedures as they relate to natural resources.


Combining Education and Experience: 

For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. Determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine your education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5. 

Previous education and/or experience may be evaluated to determine the highest grade level for which the individual is qualified.

Previous education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Pathways Internship requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in an accredited educational institution.
  • Must be taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school.
  • Must be in and maintain good academic standing.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be related to the Intern's academic career goals or field of study.  
  • Serve a trial period.
  • Complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Program Participant Agreement. 
  • Provide official transcripts and enrollment verification.
If converted to a term or permanent position, intern will be required to sign a mobility agreement.  The mobility agreement acknowledges the intern may be relocated to a position designated by the Service outside the local commuting area, at management discretion.

Please note: You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment under the Pathways Internship Program to be considered for this position.

Incumbent must be able to operate a government owned or leased motor vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required.  Note: All operators of motor vehicles and equipment must be at least 18 years of age. All operators of commercial motor vehicles must be at least 21 years of age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Work schedule may be changed at the discretion of the hiring manager.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit. 

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:


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application materials will be made to determine if you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements for the job.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) or Competencies are the attributes required to perform the job.  They are generally demonstrated through experience, education or training in this position. The KSAs applicable to this position include:

Ability to gather, organize and interpret information.

Knowledge of preparing reports.

Ability to report observations of basic data.

Skill in research

Skill in fostering and maintaining good relationships.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Ability to read guidelines.

All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans' preferenceorder.

Preference in hiring will be given to applicants claiming veterans' preference over those not making a claim.  Applicants will not receive numerical ratings.  For information on veterans' preference and what to submit to verify your claim to veteran's preference refer to the "Required Documents" section in this announcement.

To preview the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire, click here  TAG:Link to Questions Only


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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.

The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to most Federal employees:


More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

Pathways Internship Conversion:

This Pathways Intern position may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional position, upon successful completion of the program.  Conversion is neither mandatory nor guaranteed and would need to occur within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for possible conversion to a term or permanent position, the Intern must:

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program prior to completing degree requirements.
  • Successfully complete their degree or certificate requirements.
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted, including any minimum education requirements.
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement.
  • Perform their job successfully.
  • Be recommended for conversion by the supervisor.

Career Intern Positions targeted to a professional position:   

*NOTE: If converted to a term or permanent position, will be required to sign a mobility agreement.  In doing so employee acknowledges they may be relocated to a position designated by the Service outside the local commuting area, at management's discretion. 

This career intern position is established for development into a professional position which would require specific positive education requirements to be eligible for conversion.  

For a position as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist (occupational series 0401) a degree with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 to receive consideration.
* 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 occupational 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 your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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 occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1130949.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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 Wednesday, July 02, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


In addition to your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, the following documents are required:

Transcripts or acceptance for enrollment (you MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), unofficial college transcripts that include credits and hours are acceptable), or proof of acceptance.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
To claim veterans preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and/or other proof of eligibility.  Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10-point preference will need to submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  Missing information may result in a change or removal of your claim for veterans preference. (if applicable)
If you fail to submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
  • Your full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers; Country of Citizenship.  If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
  • Education - High school name, city, state, and zip code, date of diploma or GED.  For any colleges and/or universities attended, include city, state, and zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree was received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
  • Work Experience - List each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions).  Include job title; duties and accomplishments; number of hours worked per week; employer's name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); and salary.  For seasonal employment, list starting and ending dates for each period of work.  Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • Other Qualifications - Job-related training courses (title and year); job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, etc.); job-related certificates and licenses; and job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.).  Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Jaimie M. Carpenter
Phone: (612)713-5230
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Minnesota
Division of Human Resources
5600 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN


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 your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.

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