Reclamation is seeking an Intern not-to-exceed looking for an opportunity to be a Student Trainee (Physical Sciences). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
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- Performs a wide variety of physical and chemical water quality tests; e.g., pH, electrical conductance, biological oxygen demand, chlorophyll-a, turbidity, bacteria, and total suspended solids. This includes using the following equipment: pH and conductivity meter, oxygen meter, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, turbidimeter, incubators, balances, and centrifuges.
- Filters and prepares samples for determination of dissolved constituents.
- Cleans and sterilizes glassware for chemical and biological determinations, and prepares reagents associated with assigned analyses.
- Assists in the collection and measurement of reservoir waters including the operation of a multi-parameter sonde unit and the use of a deep sampler to collect water samples for laboratory analyses.
- Assists in sample collection, preparation, and analysis. This involves representative water sample collection from water bodies, filtering, and proper preservation of samples. Serves as a deckhand/observer on the boat.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship or National
- Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
- Must submit a resume, transcripts, & supporting docs (See How to Apply)
- Must be currently enrolled or accepted enrollment as a student
- You must submit documents to verify you are a student
- For veteran's consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- be at least 16 years of age or older;
- be in good academic standing as defined by the school they are attending; and
- be a student who has been accepted for enrollment for next semester and must maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by your educational institution while serving in this position OR be a student who is currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
Interns must continue to meet program eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment.
In addition, they must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, at least part-time, seeking a degree, and be in good academic standing (as defined by the school).
GS-03: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study OR Completion of 1 full semester of post-high school study plus 1 period of student trainee work experience OR 6 months of general work experience.
A period of student trainee work experience is equal to 320 hours of work experience.
Academic Year: At the undergraduate level, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. At the graduate level, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.
General work experience shows his/her ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties; and that shows his/her ability to learn the specific work of this job.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. The applicant will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Graduated students are not eligible for this position.
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.
This is a temporary position, with a not-to-exceed date. When the not-to-exceed date is reached or whenever services are no longer needed, the selectee will be terminated from Federal service. The not-to-exceed date may be extended.
The selected student will be appointed at the GS-03 ($12.74 per hour) Federal pay grade level, which is determined by meeting the qualification requirements.
This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, Resource Services, Ecosystems Analysis, Water Lab located in Boise, Idaho. For more information about location visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html
At the present time, we have 4 vacancies; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.
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 https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets
Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
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.
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov
If selected, the selectee will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.
Housing is not provided.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
After the vacancy announcement closes, a Human Resources Office representative will review your application/resume to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment questionnaire conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.
Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.
Eligible, qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official in an unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligible; (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veterans’ preference (TP); and (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV).
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment/education, i.e. month/day/year and hours per week spent in the activity), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
1. Transcript(s): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of his/her college transcript(s), if applicable. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university, specific courses, and the number of semester/quarter hours currently enrolled. Applicants not currently enrolled must provide a student schedule for the upcoming semester/quarter verifying at least half-time enrollment status. If selected, applicants will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
2. Proof of Pathways Eligibility: The applicant must show proof such as a letter from his/her accredited U.S. educational institution that verifies:
-- have been accepted for enrollment;
-- the degree/diploma/certification program in which the applicant is enrolled;
-- enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the school);
-- number of semester/quarter hours or class schedule for next semester/quarter; and
-- anticipated graduation date.
Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html websites.
Foreign Education: If the applicant’s education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, he/she must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
3. DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, if applicable; Applicants entitled to veterans’ preference must provide a copy of his/her DD-214, and should indicate on his/her application materials the type of veterans’ preference they are claiming. Veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of the applicant’s DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves his/her 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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Selectees will earn sick and annual (vacation) leave, and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system. Federal Employee Health Benefits may be offered depending on length of appointment. Selectee’s are ineligible for life insurance; retirement including the Thrift Savings Plan; and long term care insurance.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.
This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/
As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in the applicant not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:
-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from the applicants USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process
-- E-mail to email@example.com
-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1431, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –
-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.
Include the applicant name and vacancy number on supporting documents.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If an applicant needs a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the HR office 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.
Agency contact information
Human Resources Office
AddressBUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Boise, Idaho 83706-1234
Upon successful submission of the application packet, applicants will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If this email confirmation is not received by the applicant, the application has not yet been accepted by the system.
After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. 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 the USAJOBS profile.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525635400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.