The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is an excellent source of high-quality, early career scientists. ARS is announcing Pathways intern positions with not-to-exceed dates to coincide with the MANRRS National Conference, MANRRS33, in Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 4-7, 2018. Interested candidates can apply to the intern positions with Not-Exceed-Dates via USA Jobs.
This is a temporary (not-to-exceed 1 year) position. And may be extended in 1 year increments up to 8 years in total.This position may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position before the not-to-exceed date, if that date is within 120 days of completion of all program, training, and educational requirements.
This position may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position within 120 days of completion of all program, training, and educational requirements.
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Pathways intern positions with not –to-exceed dates are not career ladder positions. Applicants may apply for multiple grades but if selected, will be selected for one grade level only and cannot be promoted in the Pathways position.
Salary listed in this announcement is a basic rate of pay. Locality pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position. Work schedules are both full time and part time.
Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
Uses office automation software packages and equipment to type correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, and other documents, ensuring accuracy with regard to format, arrangement, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and distribution of copies. When necessary, edits or retypes to improve product. Prepares and types in final form office administrative forms and related documents, such as Requests for Personnel Action (SF-52's).
Establishes and maintains a variety of office records and files. Updates and purges files on a regular basis. Researches files and reference materials for information, as requested.
Determines supplies needed for the office staff, prepares the necessary paperwork, and receives and distributes supplies and special order items. Arranges for office equipment repairs by contacting appropriate vendor or responsible party and preparing related paperwork.
Receives telephone calls, greets visitors, and directs to staff members only those contacts needing attention or action. Takes care of routine matters, and on the basis of knowledge of the program(s) or operations, refers inquiries to appropriate personnel. Personally responds to routine and nontechnical requests for information available from the files or other office records.
Arranges travel for staff, including scheduling transportation, making room reservations, preparing travel authorizations and itineraries, and preparing travel vouchers.
As primary or alternate/backup timekeeper, prepares and transmits Time and Attendance records and reports for office staff.
Receives, sorts, and routes incoming mail and correspondence to staff. Distributes mail based on the subject matter of incoming documents and materials.
Maintains office bulletin boards, ensuring material of interest and importance to employees is current and posted.
Reads directives and instructional material pertaining to administrative practices and clerical procedures in order to be aware of new or revised procedures related to the preparation and processing of correspondence forms, and reports; filing; mail procedures; travel vouchers; etc.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens, Nationals, and Foreign Nationals who meet both Immigration Laws and Annual Appropriations Laws.
Individuals who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution of a full or half-time basis.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Conditions of Employment
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- US citizen upon noncompetive conversion to term or perm position
- Must be at least 16 years of age and meet state and federal employment laws
- Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement prior to appointment
- Must successfully pass a background check/security investigation
- Complete @ least 640 hours of work experience prior to degree completion
- Must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
- Enrolled at least a half-time, at a qualifying educational institution
Students must be at least 16 years of age and meet Federal, State and Local laws governing the employment of minors.
Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Incumbents may or may not be converted to competitive service appointments at the same grade or to a position with a higher career ladder.
Must be a U.S. citizen prior to non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.
• Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree.
• Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.
• A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
Program Eligibility Requirements
- Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Applicants must be seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or equivalent) throughout the duration of their program.
- The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals.
- Applicants will be assessed/evaluated through application of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.
GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/.
A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
• BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and
retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
• Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
• Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
• More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
Additional helpful hints can be found regarding information on:
• Federal Jobs by College Major and Internship/Recent Graduate Opportunities: (https://www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs)
• Federal Benefits (http://www.opm.gov/insure)
EEO Policy Statement: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/diversity-and-inclusion/reports/#url=Federal-Equal-Opportunity-and-Recruitment-Program
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/
Veterans Information: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/veterans-authorities/#url=Overview
• This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
• Relocation expenses are not authorized.
The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.
- Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing:
- In the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar’s office). AND/OR
- A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, students name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
- Veterans, if claiming preference: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted.
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
- You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
- We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
- This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue. NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
USDA Student Trainees who study veterinary or biological science or attend an 1890 Land Grant university, 1994 Tribal College, or Hispanic Serving Institution, may be eligible for the USDA Scholars Program to receive scholarship as well as a university grant for room and board.
If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.