Forest Service Student Trainee (Business & Information Technology) in Phoenix, Arizona

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These temporary positions will be filled as Intern Not to Exceed (NTE) appointments. The appointment may or may not be extended depending upon the unit’s need and funding. Though not anticipated or obligated, graduating students may be offered noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term, clerical or technician position not to exceed a full performance level of GS-05.

These positions are located on various National Forests and supporting organizations in a variety of locations. Duties will vary. The Internships are targeted toward college undergraduates for grades GS-03 & GS-04 (though graduate students may apply at those grades), and GS-05 for graduate students. Hiring officials will determine which grade will be offered, depending on unit needs. For information on the Intern program, please contact the National Collective Recruitment & Hiring Team at

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

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These Pathways Internship positions are located on Forest Service units and serve as Intern Not to Exceed (NTE) in support of the Forest Service programs. These positions are designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of Forest Service business and/or information programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Work may be in business programs such as human resources, general administration and office support, business and industry such as contracting, realty, and procurement support, arts and information such as public affairs/visitor assistance, or information technology.

These are temporary positions. Interns are not eligible for noncompetitive promotion, and will remain in the grade of selection/appointment for the duration of the internship. Interns must be available to work full or part-time throughout the internship. Though not anticipated or obligated, graduating students may be offered noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term, clerical or technician position not to exceed a full performance level of GS-05.

The locations listed in this announcement are for recruitment purposes. These are not necessarily the actual duty locations where you will work. If selected, you will be offered placement in a nearby duty station within the Forest that you are applying to. This will be discussed with at job offer. For information on specific forests, please see

The following job opportunities are listed by series/region/location:

GS-0299: Human Resource Management: Albuquerque, NM

GS-0399: Region 1: Great Falls, Helena and Missoula, MT; Region 2: Laramie, WY; Region 3: Santa Fe and Silver City, NM; Region 4: Richfield, UT; Region 5: Arcadia, Clovis, Nevada City, Redding, Susanville, Vallejo and Willows, CA; Region 6: Corvallis and Springfield, OR; Region 8: Lufkin, TX; Region 9: Rhinelander and Washburn, WI and Elkins, WV; Research: Asheville, NC; Washington Office: Boise, ID and Washington, DC.

GS-1099: Region 2: Laramie, WY; Region 3: Phoenix, AZ; Region 4: Sparks and Winnemucca, NV; Region 9: Elkins, WV and Rolla MO

GS-1199: Region 3: Springerville, AZ; Region 5: Goleta, CA; Region 8: Lufkin, TX Region 9; Rhinelander and Washburn, WI and Elkins, WV

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for work assignments and training

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

This is an internship for students who have recently been accepted in or are currently enrolled at least half-time in a certificate or degree seeking program in an accredited college or university, graduate, or professional school with the intent to pursue a degree. Half-time is typically 6 semester hours for undergraduates but may be determined by the school.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • #### Job family (Series)

0399 Administration And Office Support Student Trainee

1099 Information And Arts Student Trainee

0299 Human Resources Management Student Trainee

1199 Business And Industry Student Trainee

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a US Citizen or Foreign National
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Must complete and pass background and security investigation
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in a qualifying educational institution
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
  • May require drug testing dependent on position/location
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways


To qualify for the USDA Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis or accepted for enrollment as a degree/certificate seeking student.
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the academic institution.
  • Must submit unofficial transcript(s) or verification documentation. Official transcripts will be required if the applicant is selected for a position.
  • Must be eligible for the Pathways program for the duration of the appointment. *Spring 2018 graduates will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment for Fall 2018. If no proof of continued enrollment is provided, you will be deemed ineligible for an internship. Typical proof of enrollment includes acceptance letters and applications to graduate programs. *

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.

Candidate 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. GS-05 interns are typically graduate students.

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.


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

Additional information
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Availability of government housing and day care facilities will vary by location.
  • The incumbents of Internship positions may be reassigned/relocated to any geographical location where the employee’s services are needed as determined by management.
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice
  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS “E-VERIFY” system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identification discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

GS-03 or GS-04

Please note, these positions are targeted toward students in undergraduate or graduate programs.


Please note, these positions are targeted toward students in graduate school.

These positions have a targeted effective date of May 27th, 2018. The expectation is that the interns can work full-time over the summer, though work schedules may vary. Some internships may be limited to local or other applicants who can work year-round while in school.

Before you submit an application for any of our vacancies, students should completely review the job description and requirements. Students should only apply for positions if they meet the required minimum educational qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement.

If you have reviewed the announcement and believe that you meet both the minimum qualifications and the program requirements, you should document your experience and education in your resume. Since traditional resumes do not provide all the information needed to determine your status, you should create a more detailed resume to use when applying to Federal positions. Your resume should include:

  • Anticipated graduation date
  • GPA/academic standing
  • Complete course work
  • Work and/or volunteer experience including employment dates, salary and supervisor information
  • References (minimum of two)
  • Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, permanent address, contact phone number and email address.

Applicants, who meet the eligibility requirements of the Internship program and the basic minimum requirements established for the position, may be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Qualified applicants with veteran’s preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veteran’s preference. To view the application form, visit:;=875FB66E-11AE-42EB-A0F7-A89B011DC871

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  1. Cover letter – optional (one page maximum)

  2. Resume that includes the following information: 1) vacancy announcement number, title, series, and grade of the position for which you are applying; 2) contact information; 3) education (may include coursework relevant to the position for which you are applying); 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week, as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisor’s phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; 6) references (minimum of two); 7) other qualifications; and 8) graduation date (actual or anticipated).

  3. College Transcripts - An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Transcripts, both unofficial and official, should include the student's full name, name of the school, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework, and degree program. If your school does not provide transcripts or the transcript does not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional academic documentation from the school that meets the requirements above. This additional documentation may include a letter from the school's registrar's office or official enrollment verification. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at All transcripts must be in English or include English translation.

  4. Acceptance letter - Students who have recently graduated or are expected to graduate in the current or next term must also include an official acceptance letter along with their transcripts to verify they are continuing their education.

  5. If claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see information above), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see

NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week) and be expected to work at least 90 days or more. If you meet these requirements, you will receive the government contribution towards the cost of the insurance and pay the same rate as permanent, full time employees. If you are eligible for FEHB you will also be eligible to elect the Health Care Flexible Spending Account and Federal Long Term Care Insurance.

For the list of health plans available and the employee costs for the health plans please see:

You have 60 days to enroll from the date hired.

Students on initial appointment of more than 90 days are entitled to leave benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process.

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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Agency contact information
HRM Contact Center



TDD: 800-877-8339





USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

If selected for an interview, you will be contacted to schedule this interview via email no later than May 27, 2018.

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  • Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/12/2018 to 03/19/2018

Salary: $26,587 to $33,394 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 03 - 05

Work schedule: Multiple Schedules

Appointment type: Internships