Student Trainee (Engineering, Biology, Natural Resources Management)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 1/14/2021
Description About the Position: This announcement covers a variety of Student Trainee Engineering and Biology/Natural Resource Management positions under the Direct Hire Authority for Post-Secondary Students.

Applicants must reapply every 90 days to remain eligible for consideration.
Who May Apply: To be eligible for consideration you must meet the definition of a post-secondary student as defined below:

Post-Secondary Student: a person who, (1) is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at, a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and (2) is making satisfactory progress towards receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and (3) has completed at least one year of the program.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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).

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant education and experience.

Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

To qualify for a GS-03, students must have completed one full academic year of post-high school study.

To qualify for a GS-04, students must have completed two full academic years of post-high school study or have an associate's degree.

To qualify for a GS-05 - Biology/Natural Resources Management, students must have completed either:
A) A bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
B) A combination of education and experience which includes courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify for a GS-05 - Engineering, students must meet the individual occupational requirements for all Professional Engineering Positions, found here to be found fully qualified at the GS-5 level.

To qualify for a GS-07 - Biology/Natural Resources Management, students must have completed either:
A) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service which includes applying biological practices, principles and techniques sufficient to assist in the recommendations of planning and implementing environmental, recreational and natural resource management activities; OR
B) One full academic year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline/academic program; OR
C) Superior Academic Achievement - - as defined in the group qualifications for Professional & Scientific positions; OR
D) Specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have some graduate level education as described in B, but less than the required one year. Compute the percentage of the requirements that is meet, and the total must be 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then, divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)

To qualify for a GS-07 - Engineering, students must have completed either:
A) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service which includes searching technical reports to obtain information relating to projects; applying basic formulas to routine calculations; OR
B) One full academic year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as Engineering. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.); OR
C) Superior Academic Achievement. - as defined in the group qualifications for Professional & Scientific positions; OR
D) Specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have some graduate level education as described in B, but less than the required one year. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then, divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.). (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)Progression from the entry-level to the full performance level for this occupation will depend on successful completion of all requirements for promotion. Promotions may be considered after a year at each grade level, but are not guaranteed to occur on a specific time schedule.

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