Student Trainee (Range)
Bureau of Land Management - Malta, MT

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About the Agency

The BLM manages more land – approximately 245 million acres - 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.

BLM is offering a dynamic and energetic student the opportunity to gain valuable work experience serving as a Student Trainee (Range Aid) in the BLM-MT HiLine District Office, Malta Field Office, in Malta, Montana. Information about the Malta area can be found at the Malta Chamber of Commerce website.

This position is for students accepted for enrollment or who are 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, 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 September 30, 2014, but that may be extended incrementally based on Agency needs. 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.

This position has no promotion potential beyond the grade level for which selected.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:

Occasional Travel
Travel in the field or to attend meetings and/or training may be required. RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
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. DUTIES: Back to top
This internship is to provide a learning opportunity for a student and to improve their knowledge with work experience in a working environment. The intern will operate under the close supervision and guidance of a professional Rangeland Management Specialist or more experienced technician. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Performing compliance checks on permittees and locations
Inventorying range improvement projects and vegetation monitoring allotments.
Detecting trespass animals and assisting in roundup of trespass livestock.
Occasionally using transect tapes, a compass, digital cameras and/or GPS and other instruments needed to make rough measurements necessary in locating conservation projects.
Monitoring vegetation on allotments from small plots and transects to establish data on frequency, biomass, and diversity. Physical requirements and work environment: Position involves frequent field work requiring a considerable amount of walking, riding, stooping, bending, and lifting and where exposure to extreme heat and cold, rough terrain, insects, snakes, and other hazards are common. Incumbent will need to adhere to all safety procedures to mitigate hazards encountered.
To qualify for the GS-03: You must have completed1 academic year of post-high school study OR 6 months of general experience that demonstrates your ability to do the work of the position.

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 OR general experience; therefore, you will need to clearly state in the resume your experience and/or undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts, or listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

To be eligibile, an applicant must:
Be at least 16 years of age or older for a non-arduous or non-hazardous duty position.

Must possess a current and valid state driver's license.

Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled at least half-time in a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking program in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to to verify accreditation status).

Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or higher.

You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the 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). Veterans 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 5 CRF Part 302.

Eligible and qualified student applicants will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligibles having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

The information provided in your resume along with your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire will be applied to your overall qualification determination. The job specific questions are related to the following:

Skill in performing a few repetitive tasks common to the range program of the office based on common basic guidelines and instructions. These include monitoring number of animals, detecting obvious trespass, conditions of plant life and soil, basic construction procedures, etc.
Ability to take accurate measurements, use engineer’s transit, GPS, common hand tools.
Ability to operate two and four wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, and to ride a horse. On-line Questionnaire:

Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

To preview questions please click here .
BENEFITS: Back to top

You can review our benefits at: The selectee of this position will be eligible for annual and sick leave.

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.

If selected, you will be required to pass a physical examination.
The selectee is not eligible for promotion without competition.
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 Website
If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
Travel, transportation 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.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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