Laborer Student Trainee (Internship)
Department of the Army - Omaha, NE

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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:
Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

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: .

LOCATION: Omaha, NE (Missouri River Project Office).

INITIAL CUT-OFF DATE IS: 11-APR-2013 (After the initial cut-off date, referrals will be issued on an "as needed" basis.)

Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles

Positions are open to:
  • Current students 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.
  • Relocation, Housing, and Transportation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Must remain in good academic standing.

DUTIES: Performs routine maintenance and janitorial work required, such as painting, scrubbing, sweeping, debris removal, litter pickup, pulls weeds and other tasks. On occasion, cuts or trims grass using waling mower or hand clippers of light or moderate weight. Digs ditches and trenches, fills and levels holes, cleans and stores hand tools. Washes, cleans and polishes automotive equipment such as automobiles, pickup trucks, etc. Uses a variety of common hand tools in performing simple maintenance or repair jobs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Screen Out Element: Ability to do the work of a WG-03 Laborer Student Trainee (Intern) position without more than normal supervision. Experience should include: 1) Performing manual laboring tasks associated with grounds and facilities maintenance after being instructed on what is to be done and how to do the task; 2) With direction, cleaning tools, equipment, and work areas in a shop or power house environment; 3) Operating equipment such as power and hand tools to perform maintenance work; 4) Performing landscaping tasks using shovels, hand tampers, hoes, and rakes by digging ditches and trenches, as well as filling holes with dirt; and 5) Lifting and moving loads over 50 pounds including running power mowers on grades or moving heavy loads of dirt, cement or asphalt pushing a wheelbarrow. Failure to meet the screen-out element will result in an ineligible rating.

Job Elements:
- Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean and in order)
- Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints)
- Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
- Dexterity and Safety

Physical Effort: The positions exerts heavy physical effort in lifting and moving objects weighing up to and
over 50 pounds. Bending, reaching, working in cramped areas, climbing ladders, repeated hand and arm movements, etc. are required to accomplish the work.

Working Conditions: Work is performed outside in all types of weather and inside in areas that may be dusty
and drafty. There is occasional exposure to paint fumes and acids and frequent exposure to cleaning solvents which may cause irritation of the skin or eyes, There is also exposure to insect stings and bites, and poisonous plants. Incumbent may suffer the discomfort of protective clothing such as hardhats, gloves, safety shoes, etc. A respirator must be worn when in areas where airborne spraying of paints, herbicides and pesticides is being done. When boat operation is applicable, incumbent must be able to pass a written test as well as performance test before government vehicle permit is issued. OR, work is performed inside the power plant. Constant noise and vibrations generating equipment is distracting. Exposed to injury from falls when walking on slippery floors and walks, and when climbing stairs and ladders. Appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment is provided to minimize or eliminate hazardous conditions, and its use is mandatory.

Applicant must be currently be enrolled in a degree seeking program in an accredited institiution (high school, technical school, college or university).

NOTE: Copies of unofficial transcripts/proof of enrollment must be provided at the time of application to support your educational claims. If selected, OFFICIAL transcripts/proof of enrollment must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

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:
Click here for more information. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

Personnel Security Investigation is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

  • OTHER INFORMATION: • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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