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Student Trainee Microbiology Student Trainee Usda Pathways Internship Program

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$30,132.00 to $43,828.00

Saint Louis, MO


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$30,132 to $43,828 per year

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GS 04 - 05

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2 vacancies in the following location:

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis, MO

2 vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

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This position is in the Midwestern Laboratory, Microbiology Branch in the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) located in Saint Louis, Missouri.

This is an indefinite appointment and is expected to last the duration of the students academic career, as long as the student remains eligible for the program. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agencys discretion, the appointee may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Upon conversion, the position will have promotion potential to the GS-12.

Management may select at either the GS-04 or GS-05 level.

GS-04 Salary Range: $30,132 - $39,168

GS-05 Salary Range: $33,712 - $43,828

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This announcement will be used to fill Student Trainee (Microbiology) positions in USDA, FSIS, OPHS, Midwestern Laboratory in Saint Louis, Missouri. Interns will assist the FSIS mission in a regulatory laboratory on projects concerning analysis of meat, poultry, egg products, or catfish. Interns may also assist in microbiology, chemistry, or pathology sections in areas of:

Sample/specimen handling or storage

Laboratory analyses

Data collections

Bio informatics

Data handling

Excel spreadsheet programming (using Visual Basic)

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0499 Biological Science Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

Must meet Pathways Program requirements.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Must be at least 16 years of age

Must complete and pass a background security investigation

Must be a U.S. citizen or Foreign National Eligible

Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.

A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.

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

If converted to a career or career-conditional position, the selectee must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (with proper documentation).

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

Must complete and pass a background and security investigation.


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

Must be enrolled at least half- time or accepted as a degree seeking student.

Must have at least one year of academic study remaining toward completion of current academic degree.

Must submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position).

If converted to a career or career-conditional position, the selectee must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (with proper documentation).

If you are a student veteran, complete the questionnaire and submit documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15 and proof of requested on the SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans’ preference or DD-2014 if claiming 5 point preference or VEOA eligibility (separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.

Students will be hired under the following GS levels that will determine their salary:

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

To qualify for the GS-04 level - Completion of 2 FULL ACADEMIC years of post-high school studies or an ASSOCIATES DEGREE

To qualify for the GS-05 level - Completion of all requirements for a bachelors degree or equivalent degree


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

Additional information

Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should **** (voice and TDD).

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: ****Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: ****EEO Policy Statement: ****Veterans Information: ****Legal and Regulatory Guidance: ****How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using Category Rating:

The category rating procedure is used to rank and select eligible candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job related competencies have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of the following categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

Knowledge of basic laboratory skill and knowledge in biology, microbiology, and chemistry sufficient to perform basic scientific tasks

Knowledge of basic public health science information, terminology, forms or reports that are part of program or operations

Basic skill in operating and knowledge of computers and familiarity with various types of software and systems, such as , Microsoft Office products in order to access and update information.

Ability to perform a wide variety of routine and well-defined assignments that provide administrative support to other employees and contributes to the overall mission of the program assigned

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the Apply Online button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: ****Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.

Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing:

In the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar’s office). AND/OR

A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, students name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:

Veterans, if claiming preference: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted.

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 Agencys staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agencys 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).

ONLY online submissions will be accepted, none by fax or email.

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

All USDA/FSIS students hired under the USDA Pathways Internship Program are entitled to benefits such as:

Commuter Transit Subsidy (pending the availability of budgeted funds/allocations)

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 read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.

The following instructions outline our application process.

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

We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon 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. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at ****It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click Apply Online and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Update Application” to continue.

NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

Agency ****






USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service

Human Resources Operations Division

100 N 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN,

United States

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Next steps

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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.

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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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