Student Trainee (Fish and Wildlife)

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Department Of The Interior
Student/Internship Program Eligibles Internships Part Time 16 hours You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Watch these short podcasts entitled Meet Your New Boss and Diversity is our Strength.
The employee in this position serves as a Pathways Student Trainee (Fish and Wildlife) GS-0499-07, part-time, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Refuges, Montana Partners, located in Glasgow, Montana. This Pathways Internship is expected to continue through the completion of education and work requirements.
This position will be filled at the GS-07 level.
The Department of the Interior Internship Program (Pathways) is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.
Students who successfully complete the program and meet all applicable internship program requirements may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent job in the civil service. Internship requirements include completing 640 hours of intern work experience prior to meeting all academic requirements for graduation. Please note that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the intern will be converted.
Internship Program Requirements:
To be eligible, an applicant must be a student currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in an accredited educational institution (i.e., high school/college/university/vocational school) and be in good academic standing. This is a part-time excepted service appointment. When the intern is unable to work, the intern will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.
U.S. citizenship required Valid state driver's license required Official US Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required A background investigation may be required Must be a student as defined in this vacancy announcement Requires Pathways Participant Agreement
Planning projects assigned by supervisor with decision making as to methods used and appropriate procedures
Helps in design of field surveys and sampling procedures/collects biological information
Conducts population surveys and identifies specimens of birds, small reptiles, amphibians, and small plants collected in field studies
Participates in fish collections for field studies
Assists with bioassays and other laboratory work such as specimen dissection
Assists supervisor with private landowner contracts, habitat assessments, habitat restoration plans and developing Private Landowner Agreements
Below are the required qualification requirements.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-07: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience is professional and scientific work in the management, conservation or protection of wildlife including experience conducting wildlife studies; conducting population surveys; performing statistical and/or qualitative analysis; and compiling, analyzing, and summarizing data for inclusion in biological reports.
Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the biological sciences appropriate to this position AND meet Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as: (1) cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study; (2) GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in the major completed in the last two years; (3) rank in the upper one-third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, OR (4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies).
Successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education from an accredited college or university in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-07 grade level, which when combined meets 100% of the specialized experience requirements.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit all school transcripts. Only official or unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Failure to submit transcripts that verify qualifying education by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
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. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi or an official course description, as provided by the university course catalog. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any applicable Basic Education requirement, the following competencies are required:
Knowledge of habitat management techniques
Ability to collect biological data
Ability to compile biological data
Ability to complete biological reports and maintain biological records
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified - 2. Well Qualified - 3. Better Qualified - 4. Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.
All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.
It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.
NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: OR .
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 1194670. Fax your documents to .
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you cannot apply online: 1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and;
2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment 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.
Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here:
2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
All college transcripts (official or unofficial) or notice of acceptance
VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to /.
NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service. If you do not submit a Member-4 copy, you will not be given preference.
Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to .
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:
Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see )

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