Student Trainee (Rangeland)

Washington D.C.
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 22, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.



U.S. Citizenship Required.
Indian Preference Applies.
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
Eligibility documentation required (DD--214, BIA Form 4432, etc.)
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
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.
Must complete and maintain a Pathway Program Participant Agreement.
Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time.

Applicants must either be enrolled 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.
See the education section below for degree programs that are directly related to natural resources career fields.

Basic qualification requirements include:
-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 DOCUMENTATION OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT STATUS: If you do not have a transcript because you are a first year or a returning student, 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.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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.

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).

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: .

Student may be required as an incidental duty to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of Indian Affairs.

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 for verification of enrollment and academic standing as proof of continuing eligibility for participation in the Pathways Program.

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.

The student of this position may be noncompetitively converted to a term or career conditional position upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program requirements. In order to be eligible for a non-competitive conversion, you must:
-Complete at least 640 hours of work experience in accordance with 5 CFR 362
-Have completed their academic degree requirements with at least a 2.0 career (cumulative) GPA
-Meet OPM's qualification standards for the position to which the student will be converted. See qualification requirements at:
-Received a "Fully Successful" or above performance evaluation, and favorable recommendation from your Pathways Program manager/supervisor
-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"

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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:

  • Rangeland Management

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 Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

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