Student Trainee (Engineering & Architecture)

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Department Of Agriculture
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. Internships Part-Time
A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. This Student Trainee position will be filled as an Intern appointment. The appointment is indefinite and is expected to last for the duration of the student's academic attendance.
This position is located on the AD Operations unit for State and Private Forestry located in Boise, ID. The tour of duty is part-time and may be filled at the GS-03 or GS-04 grade level with a target conversion position of GS-0856-09. For information on the duties of the position, please contact Kirk Maskalick at mail .us.
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.
Must be a U.S Citizen Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service Must be at least 16 years of age Must complete and pass background and security investigation Must 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 Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree
This position is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service Engineering and Architecture programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Assignments are developmental in nature and in conjunction with formal education; the employee will gain the necessary competencies for a career as an Electronics Technician. Work assignments are selected to ensure that the employee receives on-the-job training and exposure to one or more program functions.
Duties primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student Intern for a more advanced, technical Electronics Technician position through a variety of tasks that utilize established practical processes, methods, and procedures that may include, but are not limited to:
Responsibility for land mobile radio systems within their geographic area.
May be expected to provide assistance during a variety of Incidents, so may need to be on-call and available at any time, as requested.
Performs the following duties related to installing, maintaining and repairing land mobile radio systems:
Installs and performs corrective/preventive maintenance of Land Mobile Radio systems, which may include: Very High Frequency (VHF)/Ultra High Frequency (UHF), portable and mobile radios, shelters, towers, antenna systems, base stations, repeaters, and microwave.
Installs and performs corrective/preventive maintenance of radio control components and links, including: Radio Control over Internet Protocol (RCoIP), Very High Frequency (VHF)/Ultra High Frequency (UHF) links, Ear and Mouth (E&M;) interface, channel banks, dispatch consoles, tone remotes, and/or T1-T3 data circuit interfaces.
Installs and performs routine corrective/preventive maintenance of lightning protection and grounding systems; and primary and backup power systems which may include: solar systems, AC/DC, propane systems, wind, thermal, and/or geothermal equipment.
Performs testing, acceptance, and user training for Land Mobile Radio system components.
Assists in the coordination of installations and removals of mobile radios.
Programs authorized radio frequencies into radios. Assists with frequency requests, mitigation and deconfliction of interference issues; collaborates with other entities to write channel plans; and provides interagency collaboration on frequencies.
Provides emergency radio communications support and intra- and interagency radio collaboration.
Utilizes test equipment including service monitors, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, time domain reflectometers, digital multimeters, signal generators, megohmmeters, watt meters, and/or other specialized equipment for the purpose of troubleshooting and maintaining radio systems.
Safely climbs towers to perform land mobile radio system installation and corrective/preventive maintenance.
Provides incident ticket management and resolution and responds to customer help desk requests.
Performs telecommunications duties as directed/required.
Performs the following duties related to acquisition, configuration management, and development of requirements for Land Mobile Radio Systems:
Assists with inventory control of radio systems.
Assists with maintaining current site surveys and as built system designs.
Assists with maintaining emergency action plans for all radio sites.
Researches technical specifications, equipment configuration, and installation plans to identify equipment and service requirements; and procures equipment and services.
Acts as Contracting Officer Technical Representative for radio-related equipment and services.
Performs administrative duties as directed/required.
Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities.
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 /
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 will participate in the Intern program. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy, on graduation, the specific requirements in the qualification standard for the position. Preferred degrees may include, but are not limited to: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Electronics Technology, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position.
The term positive 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. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 0856 series visit the OPM Qualifications Standard found at: /
Requirements:
The candidates academic or career goals should be related to the position that they are appointed to. 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.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion the Intern must meet all of the following:
Be a U.S. Citizen;
Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship program while enrolled as a student;
Complete a degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution;
Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor;
Meet the qualification requirements of the position being converted to;
Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement; and
Be performing their job successfully.
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 qualifications AND program requirements described in the announcement. Do not apply to a duty location if you are not willing to accept or travel to that location.
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:
GPA/academic standing
Complete course work relevant to your career goals
Work and/or volunteer experience including employment dates, salary and supervisor information
References
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:
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. Candidates 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
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.
The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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; contact us if you are requesting this.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not 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. 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. 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. 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).
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59 ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documentation 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) contact information; 2) completed coursework (unit/credit hours); 3) education program; 4) academic standing/GPA; 5) work/volunteer experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 6) supervisor's name, phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 7) References.
3. Current Transcripts: an unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to appointment. Transcripts MUST 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 transcripts 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.
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. DD-214 ( MEMBER 4 COPY ) or VA documentation if claiming Veteran's Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference.
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 set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 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 by the selecting official. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate. The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: /
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
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.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
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.
This position requires extensive driving and the incumbent must hold a current state driver's license.
The agency tower certification program must be successfully fulfilled, and the incumbent must recertify periodically as required.

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