Bureau of Reclamation Student Trainee (Engineering & Architecture) (PW-LRT) in Yuma, Arizona

  • Duties



Do you want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public’s investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Student Trainee (Engineering & Architecture).

This is a temporary student internship opportunity under the Pathways Program. The major objective of the Pathways Program is to employ students, giving them a chance to work in a Federal agency and resume or continue their education without interruption caused by financial pressure. Students appointed may work part-time while school is in session and full-time (depending upon the needs of the agency) when students are on a vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region, Yuma Area Office, located in Yuma, AZ. You must be able to report to this location by 06/11/2018 in order to be eligible for this job opportunity. For more information about location visit:

Yuma, AZ: http://www.yumachamber.org/ Ehrenberg, AZ: http://coloradoriverinfo.com/ehrenberg/chamber/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

This position has no promotion potential and does not provide non-competitive eligibility for conversion to a term, career conditional or career appointment in the competitive service.

This vacancy announcement is being advertised under the Pathways (Intern Not-to-Exceed) Program. For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets

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 at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

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  • Assists in engineering studies and analyses by analyzing and presenting data in accordance with established methods.
  • Uses computer automated drafting programs to assist in the preparation of design work.
  • Extracts data from a variety of prescribed but non-standardized sources.
  • Processes data according to well-defined methods and designated formulas using elementary algebra and geometry in addition to arithmetic.
  • Recognizes errors which are readily apparent (e.g., misplaced decimal points and reversal of algebraic sign) but which require a limited knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Assists field engineers with surveys and measurements.
  • Inputs data into various automated databases for use in a variety of studies.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including eligible veterans meeting this criteria.

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0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Submit a resume, transcripts, and supporting documents; (See How to Apply)
  • Must sign a Pathways Internship Participant Agreement;
  • Must be at least 16 years old at the time of appointment;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under "Required Documents".

*To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must:*

  • be at least 16 years of age or older at the time of appointment;
  • be in good academic standing as defined by the school they are attending; and
  • be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school. All Interns must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment.

In addition, they must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Education/Experience Requirements: Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited college or university at least part-time, seeking a degree, and be in good academic standing (as defined by the school).

GS-02: High school diploma or equivalent.

GS-03: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.

Academic Year: At the undergraduate level, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. At the graduate level, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours

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.

Additional information

*Telework:*Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. Full time telework is not available for this position.

Employment Conditions:This is a temporary position, with a not-to-exceed date. When the not-to-exceed date is reached or whenever services are no longer needed, the selectee will be terminated from Federal Service. Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

E-Verify: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.

Selective Service: 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. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

After the vacancy announcement closes, a Human Resources Office representative will review your application/resume to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment questionnaire conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.

Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

The duties of the position align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of the position:

KSA# 1:Knowledge of basic or commonly used rules, procedures or operations in engineering methods and practices. KSA# 2:Ability to perform basic mathematics using standard formulas. KSA# 3: Ability to assist higher-graded technicians and engineers by preparing graphs, charts, diagrams, and visual presentations.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Applicants whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment/education, i.e. from and to month/day/year and hours spent each week in the activity/work/education), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

1. TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

  1. Proof of Pathways Student Eligibility:Applicants must show proof such as a letter from their accredited U.S. educational institution that verifies:
  • they have been accepted for enrollment;

  • the degree/diploma/certification program in which they are enrolled;

  • that they are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the school); and

  • their anticipated graduation date.

Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html websites.

Foreign Education: If your education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

  1. DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
  • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

  • For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/

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



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 selectee of this position is ineligible for benefits (e.g., 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.

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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


How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked or spent in education per week and the dates of employment/education (i.e., HRS per week and month/day/year to month/day/year or month/day/year to date you are submitting the resume). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position. When you're ready to apply, click the blue Apply Online button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html. As part of the on-line application process, applicants are also required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
BOR LCR HR Call Center







BUREAU OF RECLAMATION P.O. Box 61470 Boulder City, Nevada United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who have been determined to be the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interview. After a tentative selectee has been identified, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile. Candidates are advised to make no irrevocable employment decisions based on receiving an interview, or a tentative job offer.

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Fair & Transparent

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

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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 and hiring process 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.

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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/491731000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/07/2018 to 03/21/2018

Salary: $24,367 to $34,561 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 02 - 03

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full-Time (Part-Time may be permissible if vacancy is extended beyond 8 weeks).

Appointment type: Internships - Pathways Intern NTE 8 weeks. This position may be extended based on available funding.