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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Human Resources Specialist)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-PATHI-14-06

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
Friday, August 8, 2014 to Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Full-Time - Employment as a Pathways Intern may lead to permanent employment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Billings, MT View Map
Position is to be filled under the Pathways Internship Program for current students and Veterans Preference eligibles who meet the Pathways Internship Program requirements.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

This position is to be 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 in school. Additional information about the Pathways Internship Program can be found at

Conversion: This appointment may continue until the selectees educational requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agencys discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for conversion.

Work schedule may vary to accommodate the student's school schedule during the school year, and during summer and school breaks.

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Regional Office, Human Resources Group, Employment Operations and Benefits Services, Billings, Montana.

Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel.


  • No


  • Must be at least 16 years of age to apply. Valid State driver's license
  • required. U.S. Citizenship or National to be eligible for conversion.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet education requirements (see Qualifications). Submit
  • transcript(s) to verify education. Higher-level MBI investigation required.
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.


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Under the close direction of the supervisor or higher-graded Specialist, the trainee will get experience to:

-Prepares vacancy announcements in automated hiring system; monitors announcements and maintains recruitment files and databases.

-Analyzes and determines applicant basic qualifications and eligibility requirements.

-Serves as a customer service representative of Human Resources to employees/public on employment inquiries such as application status, etc.

-Analyzes, reviews, and classifies lower-graded positions and prepares written justification of classification determinations.

-Participates in diversity recruitment, career fairs, and prepares statistical and narrative reports.

-Counsels, answers, and coordinates new employee relocations.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

GS-03: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.

GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

Your application must show that you meet basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution and provide proof of enrollment to be eligible for this position. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education.

Failure to comply with the Pathways Program Participant Agreement may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment.

Must maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by your educational institution while serving in this position.

Must provide copies of transcripts at the end of each semester/quarter.

Must have GPA of 2.0 or higher; once appointed, must maintain at least 2.0 GPA.

Must complete 640 hours of trainee work experience upon graduation in order to be eligible for conversion after graduation.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Well Qualified, 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of a wide variety of clerical or human resources procedures.

2. Skill in oral, written, and interpersonal communication.

3. Skill in operating a personal computer and associated software, including automated Human Resources systems, in order to prepare/analyze a wide variety of materials.

4. Ability to organize and track work projects.

Applicants answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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-Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State drivers license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-Occasional travel required.

-Tuition assistance may be available with written agreement to continue employment with Federal government for a specified period of time after graduation.

-This position has been designated as a Public Trust (Moderate Risk) position. This requires a higher-level MBI investigation. You must successfully obtain and maintain this investigation level as a condition of employment. You will be required to undergo and successfully pass a reinvestigation of your background every 5 years.

-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 factor.


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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of any page.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants are required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents will result in you not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to; fax directly to the HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to P.O. Box 36900 Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 2021 4th Avenue North, Room 109, Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

-RESUME: Be sure your resume lists the name of the college(s) you are attending, whether you are enrolled part-time or full-time as defined by your educational institution, your cumulative GPA, and your anticipated graduation date.

-TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of their college transcript(s) for all completed courses. If you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work. Your application must show that you meet all qualifications by the closing date of the announcement.

-DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

-For information on veteran's eligibility visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7741
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
Fax: 406-247-7741


After application packages have been received, resumes and transcript(s) will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be referred, with veterans being referred ahead of all non-veterans. 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 their USAJOBS profile.

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