The Department of the Interior conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.
As a Pathways Intern, you will have an opportunity to explore the Department of the Interior's mission, responsibilities and role to our Nation. You will also learn about the Federal work environment and discover the opportunities available through Public Service. So come spend some time with our team as we fulfill our mission of "Protecting America's Great Outdoors and Powering our future".
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Office of Legislative Counsel, Branch of Legislative Policy, Legislative Services Branch, Washington, D.C.
The incumbent in this position will serve as an assistant to the Supervisory Legislative Services Assistant and other staff and will be responsible for the preparation, coordination, compilation, and dissemination of a variety of legislative materials. The incumbent will also be responsible for driving the Director and other staff to meetings outside the building and providing assistance to branch staff in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the Office.
At the GS-05 grade level the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Establish and maintain correspondence files and official Departmental legislative history files using an established filing system.
2. Maintain supply room, prepare conference rooms, complete large collating and copying projects, and process incoming and outgoing routine office mail.
3. Utilize the legislative tracking system to accurately ensure all legislative issues and proposals are collected, processed, and referred to the appropriate subject matter experts.
4. Drive the Director or others to meetings on Capitol Hill and at other government agencies.
5. Maintain daily trip logs and prepare monthly vehicle management reports.
6. Hand-carry special material to other agencies, Congressional and Executive Offices and secure appropriate signatures.
You will be required to operate a vehicle; therefore you must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
OS has determined that the duties of this position are NOT suitable for telework.
Applicants must be able to work in the Washington, D.C. duty location throughout the duration of the Pathways Internship.
This is an indefinite appointment in the Excepted Service. The incumbent will work a full-time work schedule.
GS-05: $39,291 - $51,082 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
Job family (Series)
0399 Administration And Office Support Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
Use of Direct Deposit is required.
You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Program. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while concurrently being enrolled. Veteran's Preference is applicable under the Pathways Program.
- The United States Department of the Interior will announce Pathways Internship opportunities multiple times per year, with regard to demand.
- To be considered for other Internship opportunities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, applicants must apply each time a new announcement is posted.
- The Work Schedule of the appointee will be based on availability, which in part will be influenced by the appointees' academic course load.
- Appointment types may vary from indefinite to temporary (generally, temporary appointments do not exceed one year, however the agency does reserve the right to extend temporary appointments beyond the not to exceed date of the initial appointment).
- Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, in order to remain a part of the Internship Program Appointees must:
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A) of at least 2.0, whereby, the accredited educational institution must recognize the Appointee is in "Good Academic Standing",
- The Appointee must be enrolled at least on a half-time or full-time basis throughout their appointment.
Please see the "Other Information" section of the vacancy announcement for information on conversion.
Click https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pathways_FAQs for more information on Pathways program participation.
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. See http://www.sss.gov/.
To be eligible for this internship all of the following requirements must be met:
1. You must be at least 16 years of age
2. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis.
3. If enrolled, you must be in good academic standing (At least a 2.0 GPA)
4. You must provide a transcript (official or unofficial) and proof of enrollment/acceptance.
You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.
GS-05 Qualification Requirements
In addition, to qualify for the GS-05 grade level you must have completed four (4) full academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree.
YOU MUST SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS AND PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
You may be found "INELIGIBLE" if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above required for the position. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.
The internship program allows for the agency to non-competitively convert an Intern who is a U.S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service once the Intern completes all requirements of the Internship Program (Please Note: Conversion is at the discretion of the agency). To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must have: 1) Completed at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program, except as provided in paragraphs (c) and (d) of 5 CFR 362.204 (Conversion to the competitive service) while enrolled as a full-time or part-time degree- or certificate-seeking student; 2) Completed a course of academic study, within the 120-day period preceding the appointment, at a qualifying educational instititution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree; 3) Received a favorable recommendation for appointment by an official of the agency or agencies in which the Intern served; (4) Met the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; and 5) Met agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern.
You are required to submit verification of your current part-time or full time student enrollment, in addition to a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts in order to determine your eligibility and qualifications for this position.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. 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:
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.
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.
All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
You will also earn annual and sick leave.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans' preference order.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume.
Your application package must include:
(1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Enrollment verification; (5) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (6) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15; (7) Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted (if applicable).
Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
You will find additional information on the following topics:
(1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/.
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
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.
The Main Interior Building in Washington, DC offers a wide array of amenities including an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, cafeteria/snack bar/coffee bar, library, post office, beauty/barber shop and dry cleaners. The Main Interior Building is located in downtown Washington, DC between the Office of Personnel Management building and DAR Constitution Hall, one block from the National Mall and two blocks from the White House. The Main Interior Building is easily accessible by Metrobus, Metrorail (Farragut West - Blue/Orange Lines), and various commuter bus lines.
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