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Student Trainee (Forestry) Posted May 07
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs , Flagstaff, AZ (Negotiable After Selection)

As a Student Trainee (Forestry), GS-0499-2/3/4, your typical work assignments and/or responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

As a student trainee, you will:
Serve in a developmental role as a forester program performing tasks such as marking and/or thinning timber; take simple measurements such as running compass lines, measure and record distances, heights, diameters and growth of trees. Learn plant terminology and identification, soils classification, and use of aerial photos.
Become familiar with the proper forestry instruments to perform the work and the proper care of those instruments.
Receiving orientation pertaining to the organizational structure of the Bureau and its methods of managing trust forest resources.
Receiving other assignments to broaden knowledge of BIA activities in the related program functions, such as wildlife and recreation.

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
Full-time enrollment
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Maintain a valid Pathways Program Participant Agreement
Enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree in Forestry

Physical Requirements: Incumbents must possess the physical capabilities required for the position such as; long periods of standing, walking over rough, steep, or rocky surfaces, recurring stooping, reaching, bending, as well as occasional lifting heavy objects; up to 50 pounds. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.

Travel may be required for summer rotational assignments and other developmental activities.


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Indian Preference applies
Eligibility Documentation Required (DD-214, BIA Form 4432, etc.)
You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
Must complete and maintain a Pathways Program Participant Agreement
Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time
Selective Service: Male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
A background security investigation will be required. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree that is directly related to the program field, such as forestry, natural resources management, and biological sciences related to forestry including agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, biological sciences, geographic information systems, horticulture, range management, and soil science.

Basic qualification requirements include:
-For the GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma.
-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.

Applicants 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.

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


The following documents are required for this position:

Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
On-line Assessment Questionnaire
Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time. If this is your first of of college or you do not have a transcript, you must upload your enrollment course schedule or plan, registration of current course work, or letter of acceptance that is on college or university official letterhead.
BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
Veteran's documentation -
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) proving your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the supporting documentation required by that form.
If you are a disabled veteran you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM Eastern Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM OR ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE.


To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

- Follow the prompts to select your resumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

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