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Student Trainee (Research Geographer), GS-0199-11

Geological Survey Anchorage, AK
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Student Trainee (Research Geographer), GS-0199-11
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##### Department of the Interior

Geological Survey

Overview
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- ##### Open & closing dates

08/26/2019 to 09/10/2019

- ##### Service

Excepted

- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 11

- ##### Salary

$69,349 to $90,160 per year

- ##### Appointment type

Internships - Career Intern Appointment

- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - This position is year-round. During the school yr
part-time 16-32 hrs per week may apply; however, during school
breaks and the summer period, full-time hrs may apply. The work
schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the student's
schedule.

Location
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Anchorage, AK FEW vacancies

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties
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### Summary

**General Information**

In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position,
you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed
in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to
work the schedule identified.

**Salary:** $69,349 (Step 01) to $90,160 (Step 10); NOTE: First time
hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

In addition to the salary above, compensation will also include Cost
of Living Allowance (COLA) of 3.27%.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

The USGS Alaska Science Center is seeking graduate
level student working towards a degree in geography, geology,
meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology,
cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning to gain
practical experience in Geography.

As a Student Trainee (Research Geographer) you will serve in a
trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development
assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions,
principles, practices, and methods used in the area of geography.

Duties include:

- Collecting and analyzing ground and satellite-based geospatial
and time-series data to lead and develop research projects on
climate change and land use change research in Alaska.
- Assessing the impact of climate and land use change on Arctic
and Boreal ecosystems of Alaska.
- Using multi-sensor remote sensing data to quantify spatial and
temporal patterns of land surface dynamics.
- Focusing on the development of remote sensing techniques for
mapping permafrost and thermokarst features.
- Leading fieldwork needed to collect and validate geospatial
data.
- Report research findings to other USGS scientists during
regional or national bureau meetings.

Work environment: Fieldwork may require the employee to travel over
extended periods, camping in remote locations where access to modern
conveniences is limited and where weather conditions may be harsh
(cold temperatures and strong winds) and terrains may be difficult
too travers. Winter wind chill up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit may be
encountered.

There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill
additional vacancies if they become available.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 10-15 nights per month may
be required.

##### Supervisory status

No

##### Promotion Potential

15

- #### Job family (Series)

0199 Social Science Student Trainee

- Requirements
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### Conditions of Employment

- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background
investigation.
- The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a
trial period.
- Housing will not be provided.
- Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe
driving record.
- Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment
medical exam.

**Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?**

- Pre-employment medical exam at Federal expense is required.
- Because this position requires travel for official business, the
selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30
calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent
account balances from a previous Government charge card will be
required to satisfy their existing obligation before a
new card can be issued.
- If converted to a permanent or term appointment, the anticipated
target position will be Research Geographer with full
performance level of GS-15; however, the target position and
FPL may change based on the need of the organization at that
time. Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the
position to which converted.
- If selected, you will be required to provide official
transcripts &/or letter from the school stating you are enrolled
in a degree/certificateprogram on at least a half time basis in
good standing and your expected graduation date.
- A background investigation will be required for this position.
Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's
successful completion of a background security investigation and
favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these
requirements will be grounds for termination.

### Qualifications

**Eligibility Requirements**

In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways
Internship Program:

- You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a
degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as
defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary
education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent
to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of
an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or
business school curriculum); **AND**
- Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as
a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited
technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or
university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school,
medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum;
**AND**
- Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing
maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis;
**AND**
- The duties of this position should be related to your academic
or career goals.
- You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements
throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways
Internship Program.

Students who successfully complete the internship program may be
eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1-4
years in duration) appointment without further competition.
Eligibility requirements for conversion: must be a U.S. Citizen;
complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the
Internship Program (\*may waive up to a total of 320 hours under
specific conditions); successfully complete your degree or
certificate requirements from a qualifying institution; meet the
qualification requirements for the position to which you will be
converted; meet agency-specific requirements as outlined in the
Participant's Agreement; and must have performed successfully in
your position as documented through performance evaluations.
\*NOTE: To learn more about the conditions under which a portion of
the work experience hours may be waived,
visit https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/students-and-recent-graduates.

**Qualification Requirements**

This internship is geared toward students majoring in one of the
following areas of study: geography or related physical or social
science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics,
sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography,
computer science, urban studies, or planning.

**BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:** All applicants must meet A or B
below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Student Trainee
(Research Geographer) at all grade levels:

A.Degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as
geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology,
anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer
science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24
semester hours in geography or related fields; **OR**

B. A combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to
a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24
semesters hours in geography or related fields, as shown in "A"
above, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education. The
education or combined education and experience must be comparable in
type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful
completion of a 4-year course of study as described in "A" above.
(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE)

**GS-11:** In addition to the basic education requirement stated
above, applicants must meet at least one of the following to qualify
for the GS-11 level:

A. One year of appropriate specialized experience that is equivalent
to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples may
include: working as member of a research team assisting with
conceiving, formulating, and conducting research relevant to land
change science, land remote sensing, or climate and land use change;
assisting with developing and executing research plans, and
producing reports on the results of research activities for
publication and administrative use; co-authoring publications and
other products that contribute to the scientific understanding of
the subject; **OR**

B. Successful completion of a Master's or equivalent graduate level
degree in a directly related field of study; **OR**

C. Equivalent combination of successfully completed progressive
graduate level education that is beyond the first year of graduate
study and professional experience, as described above (CLICK HERE
FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE).

All applicants must meet qualification and eligibility requirements
by the closing date of the announcement.


### 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.
- Education completed in colleges or universities outside the
United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You
must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education
is comparable to that received in an accredited educational
institution in the United States. For more information on how
foreign education is evaluated, visit:
https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs
.

### Additional information

- USGS has determined that the duties of this position are
suitable for telework & the selectee may be allowed to telework
with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee
is the duty station identified in this vacancy
announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty
location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
- For additional information on our internal telework policy,
reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook
at: https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/telework\_handbook\_october\_2012\_rev\_march\_2013.pdf.
- Throughout the recruitment & hiring process we will be
communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative
that the email address you provide when applying for this
vacancy remains active. Should your email address change,
please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy
announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our
system.
- This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship
Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide
variety of educational institutions, from high school to
graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to
explore Federal careers while still in school.
- Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate
language or information in their application package will be
ineligible for further consideration for this position.
- Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does
not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of
management to promote the employee selected at some future date.
Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the
continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
- Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens &
nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may
compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire
non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are
no qualified citizens available for the position.
- USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) & may
not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest
in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any
substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in
any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the
US; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties
or corporations.
- The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act
(P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine
qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5,
USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
- 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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
- THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

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

**--Basis of Rating: **
You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience,
education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If
you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements, your
on-line responses to the application questions will determine your
placement in the appropriate quality group (i.e., Best Qualified,
Well Qualified, or Qualified). These responses must be
substantiated by the resume. Veterans' preference rules apply.

**--Vacancy Related Questions:** As part of the online application
process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed
to assess your knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies:
Scientific Knowledge, Technology Application, Information
Management, Compute/Analyze Data, Technical Practices, General
Abilities & Knowledge, Written Communication.


**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Not Required

##### Drug test required

No

- Required Documents
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All applicants must submit the following documentation by the
closing date of this job announcement to be considered:

**-TRANSCRIPTS** for all schools/universities that you have attended
(AA, BS, MS, PhD, etc.). You may submit official or unofficial
transcripts. Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

**-PROOF OF ENROLLMENT FOR THE CURRENT OR UPCOMING SEMESTER**. This
may be documented on your official/unofficial transcripts, a course
schedule, an acceptance letter from your university for future
enrollment, or an official letter of enrollment from the university
registrar's office or a university counselor, as long as your
enrollment for the current or upcoming semester is clearly
documented. **If you do not provide proof of enrollment for the
current or upcoming semester, you will be disqualified from further
consideration.**

**-IF YOU ARE IN YOUR LAST SEMESTER/QUARTER** of completing your
degree/certificate requirements, you must show proof of acceptance
to a continuing degree/certificate program. This may be documented
by an acceptance letter for future enrollment in a
degree/certificate program. **If you do not provide proof of
continuing education, you will be disqualified from further
consideration.**

All documentation may be faxed, mailed, document uploaded, or hand
delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact
Information"). If selected, you will be required to provide official
transcripts.

**Veterans Preference:** If you are claiming veterans' preference
you must provide a legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of
Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official
documentation from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of
service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active
duty was under honorable conditions (i.e., Honorable or General
Discharge). Note: If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple
periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period of service.

If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide
documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that
verifies entitlement to veterans' preference and that your character
of military service is honorable.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to
the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation
that supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the
Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a
branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a
service-connected disability, or the award of the Purple Heart, etc.
The overall rating must be identified on your certification letter
or separation orders.

Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this
vacancy announcement. **If you fail to submit any of the required
documentation, you will not be granted veterans' preference**.
Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in
the VetGuide.

Required documents may be: 1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see
"Contact Information"); 2) uploaded directly from your desktop; 3)
uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments; 4) hand
delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact
Information').

--Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation
that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

#### 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.

- Benefits
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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.

- The availability of the various benefits depends on the expected
duration of your appointment under the Internship Program. If
you are expected to be on the appointment for at least one year,
the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits
package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays;
health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance,
flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal
Employees Retirement System. If you are expected to be on the
appointment less than one year, the benefits package includes
paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. In addition, interns
expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90
days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health
Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule
receive the full government contribution to their premiums
regardless of work schedule and will also be eligible to
participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts and Federal Long
Term Care Insurance Program.

Review our 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
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--Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy
must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time
(Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If
you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be
considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be
granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel
offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses
a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human
Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING
DATE for assistance.

--Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:
1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a
registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the
instructions to complete your application process. If you are a
registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As
a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of
your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the
"Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!"
button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the
eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing
questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills,
abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required
documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you
experience technical difficulties during the online application
process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

### Agency contact information

### Earl Emerson

##### Phone

916-278-9399

##### Fax

916-278-9406

##### Email

pacsac1@usgs.gov

##### Address

INTERIOR, Geological Survey
3020 State University Dr. East
Modoc Hall, Suite 2001
Sacramento, California 95819
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

--If you are one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will
be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and
possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days
of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via
email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS
to review your Application Status.

- Fair & Transparent
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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 process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543542000. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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Address

Anchorage, AK
USA