Student Trainee (Laborer) (Internship)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Pine Bluff, AR

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
This is a Student Trainee (Laborer), WG-3501-03 summer hire position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Operations Division. This appointment is temporary, not to exceed 120 days, and may be extended in one-year increments without further competition.
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Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program.

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

• Be a U.S. Citizen
• Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
• Complete their degree or certificate requirements
• Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
• Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
• Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: .

Who May Apply:
Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles

Positions are open to current students who
are enrolled in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year
colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges);
professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree
programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a
qualifying degree or certificate.

Proof of current/future enrollment (ex. transcript, class schedule, enrollment
verification, etc.) is required at time of application. Applicants
graduating in Spring 2014 MUST submit proof of continuing education in
order to be considered for a summer internship.

Must meet Pathways Program requirements (see Other Requirements section).
Must remain in good academic standing.
Moving expenses and housing will not be provided
A personnel background investigation may be required.
Tour of duty may include occasional weekend work. DUTIES: Back to top

As a Student Trainee (Laborer), you will perform a variety of maintenance and upkeep duties in and around the park to which you are assigned. The following are examples of duties you will be performing in order to maintain and enhance the park's resources and to provide a quality natural environmental experience for the visiting public:

Mowing lawns using a walking, power mower

Clearing weeds

Clearing or pruning trees

Moving and arranging outdoor furniture

Raking leaves

Emptying refuse cans

Removing debris from public grounds

Servicing public restrooms

You will also assist maintenance workers with maintenance and repair of things such as: boat launching ramps, restroom buildings, water supply systems, exhibits, trails, fences, firebreaks, picnic tables and benches. You will use a variety of hand tools and power tools to perform these duties. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top

Screen-out Element: To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate the ability to do the work of a Student Trainee (Laborer), WG-3501-03 without more than normal supervision. This includes the ability to operate power tools to perform maintenance in areas used by the public; operate hand tools to perform maintenance and repairs; and clean or service public areas (or equivalent experience).

You will also be rated on the following job elements:
Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
Dexterity and Safety
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc.
Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Lifts, carries, loads, unloads and moves materials, supplies and equipment frequently weighing over 50 lbs., running power mowers on grades or pushing heavy wheelbarrow loads of cement. Is required to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Occasionally works from ladders, scaffolds or platforms.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed inside and outside in all types of weather (hot, cold, wind, etc.). Employee is exposed to a variety of pests and insects with the possibility of bites. Employee is subject to strain from lifting, broken bones, cuts, bruises, scrapes and falls from ladders. Occasionally is required to wear uncomfortable protective clothing.

Education Requirement:
To qualify, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

NOTE: A copy of your unofficial transcripts or proof of enrollment (class schedule, enrollment verification, etc.) MUST be submitted at the time of application. You may be required to submit additional copies of transcripts prior to your appointment.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and .

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Pathways Internship Program Requirements:
•Must be at least 16 years of age
•Must be currently enrolled in an accredited school
•Must be seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate (e.g., high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED), Vocational/Technical Certificate, Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, etc.)
•Must be taking (at least) a half-time course load, as defined by the school.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

BENEFITS: Back to top You will not be eligible for benefits for this temporary appointment unless your appointment is extended for one year. If you are extended and complete one year of current continuous employment, you may elect health benefits at that time, for which you will be charged the full premium.

OTHER INFORMATION: • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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