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Student Trainee Geography

Company name
Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation

$29,847.00 to $38,798.00

Provo, UT

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$29,847 to $38,798 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 04

Work schedule

Part-Time - These are Full Time OR Part Time Positions.

Appointment type

Internships - These are Indefinite Internship positions, provisional in nature, and conversion is not guaranteed.


Provo, UT

FEW vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to


Students & recent graduates

Military Spouses


Announcement number

BR-UC-2018-01 (EX-rm)

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork here

Reclamation is seeking a few entry level Intern-Indefinites looking for an opportunity to develop their knowledge in Geography. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

These opportunities are intended for (but not limited to) students who are pursuing a degree path, courses, or have the career goal of employment in the field of geography.

These positions are located in the Upper Colorado Region, Provo Area Office, duty stationed in Provo, Utah. Work will be performed in and around that area. You must be able to report to this location for duty by no later than April 30, 2018, in order to be eligible for these job opportunities. Information about the surrounding area may be found here

These are career development opportunities in the excepted service under the Bureau of Reclamation Pathways Internship Program. It is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work and get paid while exploring federal careers. The candidates selected to fill the positions will be required to complete a Participant Agreement that spells out the requirements of the program, including an anticipated date for completing educational requirements related to the full performance grade level of the position.

For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit here

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional positions may be filled as needs of the agency warrant.

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Under the close direction of the supervisor or higher graded employee, the incumbent performs, assists in, and/or continues to learn about the specialized work of their assigned area through developmental assignments.

- Works with professionals in the implementation of the office Geographical Information System (GIS) program.

- Works on the various projects by fact finding and assembling data acquired.

- Enters and retrieves basic data, and work with professionals in the utilization of computer programs for GIS development (Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Products such as ArcMap, ArcGIS On-Line, etc.).

- Prepares and utilizes common database tables to be used in the GIS process (Excel, Access, etc.).

- Utilizes Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to obtain data in the field for use by professionals.

- Provides common plots/tables/maps/graphs to a diverse group of internal customers to aid them in the decision making process.

- Utilizes computers, large/small format scanners, and large/small format plotters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - During breaks in school, you should expect to spend up to 75% of the time traveling to perform field work.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All currently enrolled students or those who are accepted for enrollment and current interns seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including preference eligibles (veterans) meeting this criteria.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job family (Series)

0199 Social Science Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship or National.

Suitable for Federal employment determined by a background investigation.

Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply).

Duration of appointment is a trial period.

You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.

May include walking in hot/cold environments & driving to remote locations.

All Interns must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. In addition, they must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Individuals serving in Intern-indefinite appointments may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program but conversion is neither promised nor guaranteed. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, these Interns must also:

- Be a U.S. Citizen;

- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;

- Complete their degree or certificate requirements;

- Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted (which may include a positive education requirement);

- Meet all agency and program specific requirements as specified in their individual Participant Agreement;

- Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations; and

- Be recommended for conversion by their manager or supervisor.

This position has a positive education requirement for conversion. The required education must lead to a degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee is participating in the Intern program. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy, on graduation, the specific requirements as listed in the qualification standard for professional geography positions. You may review the positive education requirements here

. The term 'positive education requirement' (also called a basic 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.

The specific qualification requirements for scientific and professional positions must also be met in order to be converted. Please review the specific qualification requirements for scientific and professional positions here


To be eligible, an applicant must:

- Be at least 16 years of age or older at the time of appointment.

- Be in good academic standing as defined by the school they are attending.

- Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

In addition to meeting the basic eligibility requirements above, applicants must also posses education in the amounts below:

GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree (previous experience may be evaluated to substitute for education).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional information

The entire period served as an Intern-indefinite is creditable toward completion of the required probationary period for initial appointment to a position in the competitive service. Prior Federal civilian service is credited toward the completion of the required probationary period in the same manner as prescribed in 5 CFR 315.802.

Promotion: If the position is filled at the lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level per the target full performance is permissible without further competition. The promotion is not guaranteed but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit here

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit here

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

After the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

Eligible, qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official in an unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veterans’ preference (TP); and (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). The duties of the position align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of the position:

1. Basic knowledge of geography concepts.

2. Ability to communicate effectively.

3. Ability to operate a computer and standard software packages.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment/education, i.e. from and to month/day/year and hours spent each week in the activity/work/education), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

1. TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

2. DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW PATHWAYS STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. You must show proof such as a letter from your accredited U.S. educational institution that verifies:

-- you have been accepted for enrollment;

-- the degree/diploma/certification program in which you are enrolled;

-- that you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the school);

-- number of semester/quarter hours or class schedule for next semester/quarter; and

-- your anticipated graduation date.

Please note-Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please visit the Office of Personnel Management here

and the U.S. Department of Education here

Foreign Education: If your education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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 here

3. DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

-- For information on veteran's eligibility visit VetGuide

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.



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

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.

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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

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, click: here

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to

, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 8100 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7102A (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

Angelica Sotelo










125 S. State St., Room 8100

Salt Lake City, Utah

United States

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Next steps

Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. Candidates are advised to make no irrevocable employment decisions based on receiving a tentative job offer. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation
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