Student Trainee (Biological Science Aid)

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Department Of The Interior
(16 hours per week) Internships NTE 1 Year Part Time 32 hours
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This is a part-time Pathways Program Student Intern position with the Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office in Conway, AR. This position is not to exceed one year but may be extended at management''s discretion without further recruitment if the employee remains eligible for the Pathways Program.
The Pathways Program is a streamlined internship program which replaces the Student Education Employment Program (SEEP) by consolidating the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their career, before their careers paths are fully established.
Temporary appointments may be extended without further competition.
An agency may convert an Intern non-competitively from the Pathways Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all educational requirements for that position are met and there is an available position. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.
All application materials and supporting documentation _must_ be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).
You _must_ submit a copy of your most recent transcripts _and_ proof of your status as a student currently enrolled in school.
_Failure to provide proof of enrollment will remove you from consideration._
Background Investigation is required Must meet Pathways eligibility requirements at all times
Assist Fish and Wildlife Biologists in conducting various wildlife surveys
Assist staff in invasive species/facility management
Answers routine questions from visitors
Prepares routine reports
Participate in habitat management
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. This handbook can be viewed at
Specialized Experience Requirements: Along with your enrollment or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis, you must meet the requirements described below:
To qualify at the GS-03 level, you must meet A, B or C:
A. Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study with specialization in or directly related to the position;
B. Have 6 months of general experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work;
C. Have a combination of education and experience which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirement .
To qualify at the GS-04 level, y ou must meet A, B or C:
A. Completion of 2 years of study above high school at an accredited college or university with specialization in or directly related to the position;
B. Six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work. Examples of specialized experience includes: Participating in conducting field work such as wildlife surveys, measuring habitat characteristics, and recording and organizing biological data;
C. Have a combination of education and experience which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirement.
Note: An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university .
Transcripts/Proof of Enrollment___:_
You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.
You must submit proof of enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying institution on a full or half-time basis. You must maintain this qualification during the tenure of your employment.
Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.
Foreign Education:__ Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

A Pathways Program Agreement is required.
Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver''s license is required.
The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive. Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.
No PCS moving benefits are authorized.
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic qualifications and on the extent to which your application shows youpossess the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ranking is based on your responses to the occupational questions, the information you provide in your Resume, and supplemental materials. Please follow all instructions carefully. The occupational questions are based on the following knowledge, skills and abilities.
Knowledge of the basic methods, techniques, and practices of biology sufficient to perform the work
Ability to review, record, and document data
Ability to communicate orally and in writing
NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your R sum
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Proof of enrollment, or accepted for enrollment, in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.
4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
There are two methods to apply on-line:
_Method 1:_ Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Method 1 is recommended for those who may be interested in applying for multiple vacancy announcements and those who need assistance in preparing a resume.
_Method 2:_ This method will allow you to bypass the USAJOBS user log in and resume builder feature to go directly to the online occupational questionnaire and then upload your resume from your personal word processing file. Click this link to complete the occupational questionnaire for this position. /
Method 2 is recommended for those who already have a resume available in a personal word processing file.
Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link: /.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page__
using the following Vacancy ID 1122668
Fax your documents to .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire __
, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail. If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.
1. Resume
2. Completed Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts
4. Proof of enrollment, or accepted for enrollment, in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.
_Submitting Documents_
If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account / for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.
Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager, or you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.
Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1122668
Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
Fax your cover page and documents to .
Faxed documents submitted with missing information _will not_ be processed.
The following will prevent your documents from being processed:
Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name
NOTE: Uploading your documents is the most efficient way to apply and will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
View Occupational Questionnaire
Students hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. As provided in 5 U.S.C. 6303(b), employees whose appointments are limited to less than 90 days may be eligible for annual leave if they have previously served for a continuous period of 90 days under successive appointments.
1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans'' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans'' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans'' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see __
2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see
3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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