Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Student Trainee (Cartography)
Open Period:
06/16/2014 - 06/30/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0399 03
USD $25,181 - USD $32,733
Work Schedule:
Part-time - Work schedule is Part time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Reno, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources Office


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is an Internship Not-To-Exceed 1 year. This appointment may be extended based on agency needs
Marketing Statement:
The BLM seeks a dynamic and energetic student to join its team and gain valuable work experience as a Student Trainee (Administration) in the Battle Mountain District Office.
The BLM manages more land - approximately 245 million acres of surface resources - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.
This position is located in Reno, NV. Information about the Reno, NV Area can be found at Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
This position is for students accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, on a full- or half-time basis (as defined by the academic institution in which the student is enrolled).
This is a temporary, excepted service appointment under the BLM Pathways Internship Program that is expected not-to-exceed 1 year. This type of appointment is intended only for temporary projects, to perform labor-intensive tasks not requiring subject matter expertise, or to fill traditional summer jobs. The BLM will require the selected applicant to complete a Participant Agreement in which it shall document the anticipated start and end dates for this temporary appointment.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional Travel required.


The student position will involve GIS program work assignments designed to not only provide an orientation and on-the-job training, but also allow for the direct application and performance of the full range of standardized support duties or duties of similar complexity and/or accomplishes a segment of functions of the GIS and/or other resource programs.

Qualifications and Evaluations

This position fall under the Group Qualification Standards for Competitive Service Student Trainee Positions
Key Requirements:
  • U. S. citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • Cannot hold an active real estate license.
  • Cannot have interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to the job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.
    Eligible and qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible veterans having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veteran’s preference (TP); and those (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job related questions align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.
    KSA 1: Knowledge of, and skill in operating an electronic typewriter, a personal computer, and related equipment. Such as printers, copiers and fax machines.
    KSA 2: Knowledge of scientific and/or administrative programs/terminology of the office to accomplish tasks, refer visitors and callers, and maintain files.
    KSA 3: Knowledge of grammer, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation needed to type a variety of forms and documents.
    To be eligible, an applicant must:
    Be at least 16 years of age or older for a non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position.
    Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled at least half-time in a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking program in an accredited high school, technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
    Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or higher.
    In order to assess you meet a qualified status for this position and to refer you to the hiring manager, the agency must be able to determine that you meet the qualifications based on completed education, specialized experience, and/or both - please be sure to include this information in your resume. If you are submitting a word document resume, be sure that the work experience indicates the number of hours worked or state whether it was full time or part time.
    For the GS-03 grade level, you may qualify based on (1) completion of 1 academic year post high school study OR (2) 6 months of general experience, and/or (3) combination of education and experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    The selectee of this position will be eligible for annual and sick leave.
    The selectee of this position is ineligible for benefits (i.e., life insurance; retirement including the Thrift Savings Plan; and long term care insurance). However, after 1 year of continuous service, the selectee of this position may become eligible to enroll in the health benefits program though at full cost at his/her own expense.
    Agency Benefits:
    The selectee is not eligible for promotion without competition.
    This is a not-to-exceed (NTE) appointment and at the expiration of this appointment, or whenever services are no longer needed, the selectee will be terminated from Federal service.
    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
    The BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal Government, to attract high quality applicants.
    Other Information:
    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: (1) Your resume; (2) Your responses to the Assessment/Job-Related Questions; and (3) Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
    If you have not already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
    Your application package, including required documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.
    If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the Human Resources Office at (775)861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying online poses a hardship for you (i.e., you do not have access to the Internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the job-related questions), you are required to submit the following forms:
    -Verification of Enrollment: Copy of all your transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U. S. educational institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application process, but prior to appointment the official transcript(s) will be required.
    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
    AUTO-REQUESTED FAX: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures through Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
     Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
    Letter from your accredited U. S. educational institution that verifies/reflects: (1) the degree/diploma/certificate program in which you are enrolled; (2) you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the educational institution), and (3) your anticipated graduation date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified as to the status of your application as the eligibility and qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBS account.