Job Overview


About the Agency

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public’s investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Student Trainee (Biological Sciences).

This is a temporary student internship opportunity under the Pathways Program. The major objective of the Pathways Program is to employ students, giving them a chance to work in a Federal agency and resume or continue their education without interruption caused by financial pressure. Students appointed may work part-time while school is in session and full-time (depending upon the needs of the agency) when students are on a vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed.

The selected students will be appointed at the GS-04 ($14.07 per hour) federal pay grade level, which is determined by meeting the following qualification requirements.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, Columbia Snake Salmon Recovery Office, with locations in Twisp, Washington, La Grande, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. For more information about location visit:

Up to 2 vacancies in each location (6 vacancies total) may be filled by this announcement; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at any of the duty locations.

This position has no promotion potential and does not provide non-competitive eligibility for conversion to a term, career conditional or career appointment in the competitive service.

For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Performs a full range of standardized support duties and limited technical duties in support of natural resource management and wildlife management which may include:

- Making observations, monitors, and records data relating to habitat improvement projects in river basins containing salmon and steelhead.
- Assisting in the radio tracking of juvenile salmon in the Watershed.
- Entering and retrieving data from databases, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional field work may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including eligible veterans meeting this criteria.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.