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    Indian Affairs provides services to 567 federally recognized tribes with a population of about 1.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives. Indian Affairs offers an extensive range of programs such as social services, law enforcement and detention services, administration of tribal courts, natural resources management, economic development, implementation of land and water claim settlements, housing improvement, disaster relief, and the replacement and maintenance of schools, roads, and bridges.

    Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles. For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please see https://www.bia.gov/jobs.

    This position is located with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Deputy Director, Trust Services, Division of Wildland Fire Management in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. The Pathways Internship Program provides opportunities to students who wish to explore careers in Forestry as paid Federal employees working during the summer for BIA. Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program, students may be non-competitively placed into career-conditional positions within the BIA.
    This internship opportunity will start mid to late May 2018.

    All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2018 pay charts here https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/ , select the duty station from the Location Negotiable After Selection, United States and find that pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.

    To receive consideration for vacancies, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s). Application cut-off dates are 03/02/18 and 03/26/18.

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    As a Student Trainee (Forestry), GS-0499-2/3/4, your typical work assignments and/or responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

    As a student trainee, you will:

    • Serve in a developmental role as a forester program performing tasks such as marking and/or thinning timber; take simple measurements such as running compass lines, measure and record distances, heights, diameters and growth of trees. Learn plant terminology and identification, soils classification, and use of aerial photos.
    • Become familiar with the proper forestry instruments to perform the work and the proper care of those instruments.
    • Receiving orientation pertaining to the organizational structure of the Bureau and its methods of managing trust forest resources.
    • Receiving other assignments to broaden knowledge of BIA activities in the related program functions, such as wildlife and recreation.
    The full performance level of this position is GS-4. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. A career ladder promotion is at the discretion of management, and in no way guaranteed.

    TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The following eligibility requirements must be maintained throughout the duration of the Internship appointment:
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Full-time enrollment
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • Maintain a valid Pathways Program Participant Agreement
    • Enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree in Forestry

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    ? United States Citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment on a full-time basis in an accredited institution ? Indian Preference Eligibles (must submit a BIA Form 4432)

    Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491113100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.