STUDENT TRAINEE (RANGELAND MANAGEMENT), GS-0499-2/3/4
This is a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the lead agency for the United States in carrying on government-to-government relationships with the American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. The BIA is a challenging and dynamic place to work. Its mission is to enhance the qualify of life, promote economic opportunity, and protect and improve the trust assets on tribal lands.
The BIA Pathways Internship Program (here) is designed to provide an opportunity for youth to explore careers in the Bureau of Indan Affairs (BIA) and related tribal programs as paid Federal employees while completing their education. These positions are located under the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Trust Services, Division of Natural Resources Management, Agricultural Resources Internship Program (25 USC 3731). Upon successful completion of the Pathways program, student trainees may be non-competitively placed into career-conditional positions within the BIA. Work locations and duties vary and are designed to provide hands on experience and training in natural resources management activities.
INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Form BIA-4432, a form used to document Indian Preference, must be submitted along with the application.
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.
STUDENT TRAINEE (RANGELAND MANAGEMENT), GS-0499-2/3/4,
DOI, BIA, Deputy Bureau Director - Trust Services, Division of Natural Resources
Management, Locations to be determined
GS-04: $29,356 - $38,158 Per Annum
GS-03: $26,150 - $33,999 Per Annum
GS-02: $23,966 - $30,161 Per Annum
NOTE: TEMPORARY NTE 1 YEAR; MAY BE EXTENDED FOR INTERNS WHO MEET ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA UP TO THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE TIME IN THE PROGRAM AND COMPLETION OF DEGREE.
PROOF 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 or other acceptable proof to verify currently accepted or enrolled for degrees we are seeking. 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.
Students enrolled in an unrelated degree program will be required to sign a statement agreeing that they will change their degree program.
ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IF IDENTICAL VACANCIES OCCUR WITHIN 90 DAYS FROM THE CLOSING DATE.
- 25% or Greater
- MAY BE REQUIRED FOR SUMMER ROTATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITIES.
- MAY BE AUTHORIZED (UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF PROGRAM AND CONVERSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH Chapter 302 of Federal Travel Regulations: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/ext/public/site/FTR/file/FTR302TOC.html/category/21869/hostUri/portal).
QUALIFICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Applicant must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for Pathways positions, including general and/or specialized experience as defined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), or by the BIA. Any positive education requirements and selective placement factors must be obtained prior to applicant consideration. In addition, the applicant must meet any additional conditions of employment following appointment and specialized experience may be considered for determining level for which the individual is qualified.
Pathways Program candidates must mee the minimum education requirements determined by OPM. These requirements vary by grade levels as follows (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#GS-CSST):
- For the GS-02 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma.
- For the GS-03 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study.
- For the GS-04 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 (1) 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 (1 year of education is defined as two semesters (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
STUDENT INTERN PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Central Office may promote a student intern who meets the education qualification (number of credit hours) requirements for the position and they have a current "Fully Successful" Performance Rating of Record and a 2.0 GPA. This provision does not confer entitlement to promotion.
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 in an accredited college or university seeking a degree directly related to the program field, such as forestry or natural resources management and biological sciences.
- Full-time enrollment (or at least 12 credit hours).
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Maintain a valid Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
- Be able to perform the job successfully.
CONVERSION REQUIREMENTS: Interns of this position maybe 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 the Pathways Internship Program requirements. The FPL will be determined at the time of conversion and is a management decision on a case-by-case basis. Non-competitive conversions are not guaranteed, they are based on various factors such as budget, organizational need, student performance, education, etc.
In order to be eligible for a non-competitive conversion, you must meet the following:
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through a related student trainee/Internship Program.
- Have completed their academic degree requirements with at least an overal 2.0 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
- Meet agency specific requirements for position, such as the DOI Policy on Qualification Requirements for GS-0454 Rangeland Management.
- Received a "Fully Successful" or above performance evaluation.
- Be converted timely within conversion period from when the degree is conferred (120) days.
- Accept job placement offer and relocate if necessary.
- Received favorable recommendation from supervisor for non-competitive conversion "appointment."
You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (must carry a 45lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any conditions, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: 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. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. information about an individuals employment experience wil be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individuals personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information please refer to the following link: Government Wide Guidance - Fair Employment Opportunities to Applicants
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