Student Trainee (Computer Clerk) - Intern
Department Of Energy - Watertown, SD

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Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

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Where would I be working? Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Power Systems Operations, Computer Support Division, B4300, Watertown, South Dakota. Find out more about living conditions at this duty station .The purpose of the Pathways Intern Employment Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the Western Area Power Administration and the intern. Interns will be expected to work at least a Part-Time work schedule while attending school.
Within 120 calendar days after completing educational requirements, the employing agency may non-competitively promote and convert an intern to a career/career-conditional or term appointment. The conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the needs of the agency.
You must be willing and available to report for duty at the designated location listed in the duty location section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Must a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Must be taking at least half-time academic course load
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

DUTIES: As a Student Trainee, the incumbent will actively participate in on-the-job training and progressively challenging assignments that relate to academic program, career goals, and the needs of the agency.
The two vacant positions will work in the same office but be assigned different duties, as follows:

1. One Student Trainee will work with the software development team which is responsible for developing and maintaining the software systems used by the dispatchers and marketers including in-house Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Automatic Generation Control (AGC) systems.The incumbent performs work assignments and provides support to IT staff in the following manners:
  • Assist IT staff in planning and reporting of assigned projects.
  • Assist users for desktop support of Western software applications and operating systems support.
  • Assist IT staff in creating and building Web pages for the Upper Great Plains Region's communication and coordination.
  • Tests and validates application software to ensure conformance with user requirements, performance specifications, system documentation, and ADP standards.
  • Assists IT staff in documenting procedures, processes, and systems for distribution or posting. This includes maintaining various databases.
  • Assists IT staff in all aspects of common government agency requirements.

2. One Student Trainee will work with the infrastructure support team which is responsible for developing and maintaining systems and procedures required to automate work functions using Western’s computer technology. Assignments are generally related to automated systems supporting Western’s power billing, power marketing, transmission operations, and power system reliability functions. The incumbent performs work assignments and provides support to IT staff in the following manners:
  • Assist IT staff in planning and reporting of assigned projects.
  • Assist IT staff in documenting procedures, processes, and systems.
  • Assist IT staff in troubleshooting problems by gathering and analyzing basic facts, and by gathering and organizing documentation.
  • Assist IT staff in supporting end user software applications, operating systems, and hardware.
  • Assist IT staff in supporting server software applications, operating systems, and hardware.
  • Assist IT staff in supporting network infrastructure.
  • Assist IT staff in the application of appropriate security measures to all systems.
  • Assist IT staff in working with hardware, peripherals, cabling, and other equipment to meet the mission of the group and Western.
  • Assist IT staff in all aspects of common government agency requirements.
By applying to this vacancy, eligible candidates will be considered for either position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Pathways Intern Employment candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with Western and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.
To qualify for the GS-3 level, you must have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate study.
To qualify for the GS-4 level, level you must have completed 2 academic years of post high school study or associate’s degree. Your current education program must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the computer science/information technology field.
An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.
An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This position has an education requirement. You must provide documentation (transcripts) supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Selectees must be able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week during the academic year, and full-time in summer and on breaks.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be evaluated based on information contained in their application/resume. Applicants should include all pertinent experience, awards, commendations, training, and other information in the application.
Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', or 'not qualified'.
Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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BENEFITS: The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
-Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
-Retirement program
-Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
-Flexible work schedules and telework
-Training and education opportunities
-Transit benefit
-Flexible Spending Account
-Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
-Health and wellness programs
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page .

Upon entrance on duty, all Federal employees are required to enroll in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer.
Appointee must complete a background investigation prior to confirmation of employment.
Some positions may require completion of a trial period.
If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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