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To be eligible for a Pathways Program internship, you must meet the following requirements:

·    You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

·     Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.  These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical; trade, vocational or business schools and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.

·     Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

·     Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.  To see if your school is accredited, please visit:

PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:  This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.  It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals.

CONVERSION:  This appointment may be extended until the selectee’s education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency’s discretion, be converted to a term appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion.

Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:


The anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD) date is May 2014.



The selectee assists in conducting surveys and research on a variety of plants and animals, some of which are exotic or rare, threatened and/or endangered.   The selectee will make field observations of natural resource conditions and assist in the preparation of resource inventories and management plans. The selectee will utilize resource management equipment (e.g., 4-wheel drive vehicles, motor boat, canoe, digital camera, Global Positioning System and Geographic Information System technology) and computer software programs to enter and summarize field data in concise graphic and written form.   Much of the field work will be accomplished from canoe/kayak and competence in the use of 4-wheel drive vehicles and canoeing is valuable.   Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.   Additional duties include routine maintenance on grounds owned by the National Park Service.

AREA INFORMATION:  The Missouri National Recreational River is made up of two free-flowing segments totaling 98 miles that still exhibit the river conditions and adjacent natural landscapes encountered by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The employee will be stationed at the Missouri National Recreational River headquarters located in Yankton, South Dakota. Yankton has a population of 14,000 situated in southeast South Dakota.   Schools, medical facilities and shopping facilities are located in Yankton.   Recreational amenities include hiking, hunting, fishing, and boating at the famed Lewis & Clark Recreation Area.   Rental housing is available.   Summers are generally hot and humid, and spring and autumn are mild with moderate temperatures.

Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

Work Environment: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No