Job Post

Department of Agriculture Seeks a Trainee in Biological Sciences

May 01, 2020

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Student Trainee


  • Responsibilities
    • Work assignments are tailored to the background of the individual employee, in accordance with classification provisions for student trainee positions. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
    • Intern serves at an assigned location as a Student Trainee in the Biological Sciences.
    • Performs duties and receives on the job training in an assigned specialty; Agricultural Science, Biology, Botany, Entomology, Horticulture and other related disciplines.
    • Internship will provide professional development within USDA, Plant Protection and Quarantine.
    • Office work helping to prepare and respond to nationwide plant health emergencies and regulation of plant and animal imports and exports.
    • Field work in support of national plant health protection programs by working directly with infected or vulnerable plants.
      May also include laboratory work with plant pests and pathogens in support of plant health programs.
    Qualifications include:
     Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by their academic institution
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of two-year trial period
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Must be available to work a regular schedule when classes are in session as well as during scheduled breaks.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) and proof of current/future enrollment must be included with your application. See the "Required Documents" section for more information.
Scholarship eligibility will be determined prior to the appointment date and may require a service agreement.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

ELIGIBILITY: 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. 

GS-3: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study. (An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at an accredited college or university.)

GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

Education in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position is preferred.

Upon graduation and completion of internship, you must meet the following requirement to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position:

The target position for the internship is a Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer, 0401 series.

Education requirements for conversion:

Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Or courses equivalent to a major in a degree shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Required Documents:

Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications; and 5) supervisors name and phone number for each work period listed and whether or not they may be contacted for reference checks.

Application is due by May 7, 2020 

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.


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