Successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program, students may be non-competitively placed into career-conditional positions within the BIA.Learn more about this agency
The first Cut-off date for referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 2/24/2021.
AMENDMENT #1: THIS AMENDS THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO 3/19/2021.
AMENDMENT #2: THIS AMENDS THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO 3/26/2021.
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Occasional travel - Occasional travel - May be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Indian Preference applies
- Eligibility Documentation Required (DD-214, BIA Form 4432, etc.)
- A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Must complete and maintain a Pathways Program Participant Agreement
- Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
- Seeking a degree in a career field directly related to the program area you are hired for
As a Student Trainee (Pathways), you will:
- Serve in a developmental role to gain experience by working with higher graded employees/specialists in support of the mission of the BIA and will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position pertaining to the functions and operations of the organization and the specialty area, with an emphasis on the oversight, protection, management and utilization of federal Indian trust or restricted lands, such as assembling data, consolidating and preparing reports, gathering and analyzing requested information for a variety of projects, providing information to others and following up to assure completion. Receive other developmental assignments to broaden the student's knowledge of the BIA activities in related program areas and assist the student in acquiring the competencies of a target position.
PATHWAYS PROGRAM NOTICE! Internship work assignment opportunities are based on BIA needs. Under this announcement, real estate services, land titles and records, minerals and energy, and forestry management programs will be given priority consideration. However, selections may be made for other program areas, including for the following targeted positions.
- Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences
- Rangeland or Agriculture Management
- Soil Conservation
- Civil Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Legal Instruments Examining
- Irrigation System Operation
TELEWORK: Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are NOT suitable for telework under any circumstances.
LWOP (LEAVE WITHOUT PAY/NONDUTY STATUS): Students will be placed on LWOP while attending school or completing academic requirements. The LWOP is a temporary nonpay and nonduty status (or absence from a prescheduled tour duty), which is granted based upon a student's educational needs (5 CFR 630.101).
Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment full-time in an accredited college or university and seeking a bachelor's degree or higher that is directly related to the program area (see education section below) OR students who have not declared yet or is seeking a degree that is unrelated to the program area, may be hired under the Pathways Internship Program. However, their continued participation and employment is contingent upon them obtaining the educational eligibility requirements for the program they were hired under within a prescribed timeframe.
Basic qualification requirements include:
-For the GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma.
-For the GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study.
-For the GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.
NOTE: Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions - One full academic year of undergraduate, graduate, vocational, trades, technical, or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body.
Students who have not declared a major or are enrolled in an unrelated degree program, may be selected and hired. However, their continued employment is contingent upon meeting the educational degree program eligibility requirements listed below within a prescribed timeframe. Students enrolled in an unrelated degree program will be required to sign a statement agreeing that they will change their degree program.NOTE: IF YOUR SCHOOL'S DEFINITION OF ONE YEAR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDY IS LESS THAN 30 SEMESTER HOURS (OR 45 QUARTER HOURS) YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: The full performance level of this position is GS-4. A student may be promoted as long as all eligiblity and qualification requirements for the position to which they are being promoted are met. For promotion potential, the student must have received a fully successful or higher performance evaluation, be in good academic standing, in compliance with the Pathways Internship Participant Agreement and meet the education requirement for the grade level as described under the OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions. This provision does not confer entitlement to promotion.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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
Enrolled Full-time or Accepted for Enrollment Full-time (12 credit hours)
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Compliance with the terms and conditions of the Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement
Enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree related to the program area (as identified in the Participant Agreement).
Program Extensions: An Intern NTE appointment may be extended in increments of up to one year. There is no limit on the number of extensions that may be granted, so long as the Intern NTE maintains eligibility in accordance with the Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement:
Continuing to demonstrate progress toward the successful completion of her or his academic program within the timeframe indicated in the Participant Agreement;
Remaining a student in good academic standing;
Receiving a positive recommendation and/or evaluation to justify the extension from her or his supervisor; and
- Completing at least a half-time course load each term as determined by her or his educational institution.
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. Interns will be appointed under Excepted Service Schedule D as provided for in 5 CFR 362.203(d).
NOTE DOCUMENTATION OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT STATUS: If this is your first year or you do not have a transcript, you must upload and attach a copy of your degree plan/curriculum and any other acceptable proof to verify currently accepted or enrolled. Examples of acceptable proof are enrollment course schedule or plan, registration of current course work, advisor approved degree checklist, or letter of acceptance that is on college or university official letter head.
TRANSCRIPTS AND CLASS SCHEDULES: Students will be required to provide a copy of up-to-date transcripts and upcoming class schedule (unofficial may be acceptable) at the end/beginning of each academic semester/quarter for verification of enrollment and academic standing as proof of continuing eligibility for participation in the Pathways Internship Program.
Degree program areas include natural resources management, geography, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, horticulture, rangeland management, soil conservation or science, environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife biology, forestry and other related biological sciences.
For graduate education, one academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows 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: FOREIGN EDUCATION
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .
An Intern Not To Exceed (NTE) appointment may be extended in increments of up to one year. There is no limit on the number of extensions that may be granted, as long as the Intern NTE maintains eligibility for her or his appointment by:
-Continuing to demonstrate progress toward the successful completion of her or his academic program within the timeframe indicated in the Participant Agreement;
-Remaining a student in good academic standing; and
-Receiving a positive recommendation and/or evaluation to justify the extension from the Pathways Program manager.
CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS: The incumbent of this position may be noncompetitively converted to a term or career conditional position with a full performance level (FPL) of GS-5 through GS-11 upon successful completion of all qualifications and eligibility requirements identified in the Pathways Participant Agreement. The FPL will be determined at the time of conversion and is a management decision on a case-by-case basis.-Complete at least 640 hours of work experience in accordance with 5 CFR 362;
Successful program completion requirements include:
-Completed the academic degree requirements with at least a 2.0 overall GPA;
-Meet OPM's qualification standards for the position to which the student will be converted. See qualification requirements at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0499.htm
-Received a favorable recommendation from host supervisor for non-competitive conversion "appointment";
-Received a "Fully Successful" or above performance evaluation;
-Be converted timely within conversion period from when the degree is conferred (120 days); and
-Accept job placement offer and relocate if necessary.
Eligible students may be offered the use of incentives such as Recruitment / Relocation and /or Student Loan Repayment assistance as appropriate. However, offers are contingent upon Agency approval, determination of hard to fill positions in area, and other factors such as funding availability, superior qualifications, and successful completion of program.If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Driving may be required: Management may require the student employee of the position to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle to conduct assigned duties. If it is determined that operation during any work assignments, management will ensure the employee meets the state requirements and BIA safe driving policy requirements by submitting GSA Form 3607.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position described above. Qualified candidates will be evaluated for this internship job based on how well you meet the qualifications above, including in the online Assessment Questionnaire. For applicants to be considered, all of the Required Documents must be included (uploaded) in their application packets: resume, transcript and/or proof of enrollment, and BIA Form 4432.
Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.
Competencies measured include:
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your responses to the assessment questions cannot be supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your experience.
You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11036226. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
The following documents are required for this position:
- Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
- On-line Assessment Questionnaire
- Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time. If this is your first of of college or you do not have a transcript, you must upload your enrollment course schedule or plan, registration of current course work, or letter of acceptance that is on college or university official letterhead.
- BIA form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
- Veteran's documentation -
- For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) proving your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the supporting documentation required by that form.
- If you are a disabled veteran you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge.
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.
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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
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ); all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
PLEASE NOTE - NO APPLICATION MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED VIA E-MAIL.
Agency contact information
AddressBIA Strategic Recruitment - Trust
301 NW 6th
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592339300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.