The Internship Program 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. These Student Trainee positions will be filled as Intern appointments. The appointments are indefinite and are expected to last for the duration of the student's academic attendance.
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These positions are designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service forestry programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Assignments are developmental in nature and, in conjunction with formal education, the employee will gain the necessary competencies for a career in forestry.
Duties listed below are for a GS-0460-07:
As an advanced trainee forester, performs specific portions or minor phases of assignments in support of broad functional activities for which foresters of a higher level have overall responsibility. Assignments are typically screened to eliminate difficult or unusual problems.
Receives training in more advanced skills, techniques and procedures by performing a variety of productive forestry work.
Assignments may include some or all of the following:
Collects compartment, stand prescription or presale information data for specified areas selected for cutting.
Administers assigned timber sales to ensure that all contractual stipulations are carried out by the operator and the Forest Service
Collects and summarizes watershed data, and administers assigned watershed projects.
Inspects campgrounds and other recreation areas to determine that improvements are properly maintained.
Makes studies of wildlife use, including studies of habitat and damage to range, and reports observations and recommendations to supervisor.
Inspects range allotments; observes and records range conditions, overgrazing evidence, livestock distribution, compliance with salting regulations, etc.
Performs assigned phases of special use and minerals management by gathering and integrating data which may be influenced or altered by these activities.
Serves in the fire management organization as assigned; participates in fire suppression activities as qualified; makes fire inspections and instructs permittees and forest users in proper fire prevention methods.
Assists in preparation of reports, records findings, and gathers/interprets data.
Communicates to higher grade professionals and technical employees within the group and other groups of the unit in order to complete project assignments.
The applicant should expect that these are all primarily field going positions, with a significant amount of physically challenging field work in natural resource settings. This could involve use of Forest Service vehicles, tools, and Personal Protective Equipment; hiking, exposure to weather extremes and wildlife, and in some cases, working extended hours or shifts, evening work and/or spending some nights at remote locations. These are developmental positions. Some require the appointee to sign a mobility agreement, requiring relocation after the initial developmental period.
These positions are located in the following locations: BU=Bargaining Unit and NON BU= Non Bargaining Unit
Positions in the following locations are full performance GS-09 and BU eligible: Fort Jones, CA; Happy Camp, CA; Hayfork, CA; Macdoel, CA; McCloud, CA; Vallejo, CA; Willows, CA; Gainesville, GA; Grangeville, ID; Potlatch, ID; Gladstone, MI; Ontonagon, MI; St. Ignace, MI; Duluth, MN; Parkdale, OR; Prospect, OR; Norton, VA and Olympia, WA.
Positions in the following locations are full performance GS-09 and NON BU eligible: Fort Collins, CO; Ackerman, MS; Heber, UT and Vernal, UT.
The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates.
For additional information, please email SAF_Hiring@fs.fed.us
If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.
Occasional travel - Travel could be required a few times a year for training and work assignments.
Job family (Series)
0499 Biological Science Student Trainee
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen or US National upon conversion
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Must be at least 16 years of age and meet education requirements
Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Must be enrolled at least half-time in a qualifying educational institution
Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
Complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation
Maintain Pathways program eligibility for the duration of the appointment
The candidate's academic or career goals must be related to the position that they are appointed to.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must meet all of the following:
Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.
Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship program prior to graduation.
Complete a degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution.
Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor.
Meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted to. Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.
Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement.
Perform the job successfully.
Applicants must meet the definition of a student be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate. A certificate program is defined as a post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, 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.
Candidates must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:
For GS-03: Completion of one full academic year of post-high school study
For GS-04: Completion of an associate's degree or 2 academic years of post-high school study
For GS-05: Completion of a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree
For GS-07: Completion of one full academic year of graduate-level education or eligible for Superior Academic Achievement after completing a bachelor's degree
Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.
Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used if it has been accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.edu.gov/
This position has a positive education requirement. The student must be currently enrolled in a Forestry related degree program that will satisfy on graduation the specific requirements in the qualification standard for the position.
Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas:
Management of Renewable Resources
Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory
The term positive education requirement refers to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determination that the duties of a scientific, technical, or professional position cannot be performed by an individual that does not have the prescribed minimum education. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 0460 series, visit the OPM Qualifications Standard found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/forestry-series-0460/
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