Student Trainee (Geologist)

US Department of the Interior - Jefferson, LA4.2

    • Summary

      As a Pathways Intern, you will have an opportunity to explore the Department of the Interior's mission, responsibilities and role to our Nation. You will also learn about the Federal work environment and discover the opportunities available through Public Service.

      So come spend some time with our team as we fulfill our mission of "Protecting America's Great Outdoors and Powering our future".


      The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies. For information about our bureau go to:

      This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Resource Evaluation, Reserves Section, Reservoir Analysis Unit in Jefferson, Louisiana.

      The Reservoir Analysis Unit has the regulatory responsibility of monitoring oil and gas production to ensure the prevention of waste and the maximization of ultimate recovery of reservoirs through geological, geophysical, and engineering investigative studies.

      At the GS-07 performance level, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
      • Receives training in performing geological investigations to determine structure and stratigraphic conditions of the subsurface Gulf of Mexico OCS.
      • Works in a team environment with engineers, geologists, geophysicists, and other technical and supervisory personnel for evaluating subsurface reservoirs.
      • Performs geological reviews for reclassification of reservoirs according to sensitivity.
      • Correlates and performs hydrocarbon analyses on various types of well logs, with assistance of staff personnel.
      • Interpretation of geological stratigraphy and structures.
      • With assistance of staff personnel, conducts geological and geophysical analysis for the purpose of evaluating deepwater development projects associated with Conservation Information Documents.
      • Conducts analysis and interpretations of geoscientific data using personal computers, computer work stations, and corporate databases.
      • Prepares reports, exhibits, and participates in presentations.
      This position is eligible for conversion to the competitive service upon completion of the Pathways Intern Program requirements. Upon conversion the full performance level of this position is GS-12. Conversion to the competitive service is not guaranteed; it is at the discretion of management. Additionally, promotions to the next grade level are not guaranteed; they are at the discretion of management.

      Salary Range Information: GS-05 $33,394-$50,801; GS-07 $45,972-$62,922

      First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

      Please note: Applicants must be able to work in the Jefferson, LA duty location throughout the duration of the Pathways Internship.

      Travel Required Occasional travel - 1-5 nights/per year

      Supervisory status No

      Promotion Potential 12

    • Job family (Series) 1399 Physical Science Student Trainee

    • Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment
      • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
      • Use of Direct Deposit is required.
      • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

      This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Program. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while concurrently being enrolled. Veteran's Preference is applicable under the Pathways Program.

      · The United States Department of the Interior will announce Pathways Internship opportunities multiple times per year, with regard to demand.
      · To be considered for other Internship opportunities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, applicants must apply each time a new announcement is posted.
      · The Work Schedule of the appointee will be based on availability, which in part will be influenced by the appointees' academic course load.
      · Appointment types may vary from indefinite to temporary (generally, temporary appointments do not exceed one year, however the agency does reserve the right to extend temporary appointments beyond the not to exceed date of the initial appointment).
      · Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, in order to remain a part of the Internship Program Appointees must:
      · Maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A) of at least 2.0, whereby, the accredited educational institution must recognize the Appointee is in "Good Academic Standing",
      · The Appointee must be enrolled at least on a half-time or full-time basis throughout their appointment.

      Please see the "Other Information" section of the vacancy announcement for information on conversion.

      Click for more information on Pathways program participation.

      Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

      Qualifications To be eligible for this internship all of the following requirements must be met:
      1. You must be at least 16 years of age
      2. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis.
      3. If enrolled, you must be in good academic standing (At least a 2.0 GPA)
      4. You must provide a transcript (official or unofficial) and proof of enrollment/acceptance.

      NOTE: You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

      GS-05 Qualification Requirements
      In addition, to qualify for the GS-05 grade level you must have completed four (4) full academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree.

      GS-07 Qualification Requirements

      In addition, to qualify for the GS-07 grade level you must have completed one (1) full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.

      Selective Placement Factor: All students must meet the following requirements defined below to meet the selective placement factor for this position.
      • Be enrolled in a Geology degree program
      • Received a degree in Geology
      • Completed 20 semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.
      Note to applicants: If selected for this position you will be required to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Geology Series (1350) as outlined below prior to conversion to the competitive service.

      Basic Requirements:
      • Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.
      • Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional
      Evaluation of Experience:


      Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

      All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

      You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

      You may be found "INELIGIBLE" if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above required for the position. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.

      Education Education: You are required to submit verification of your current part-time or full time student enrollment, in addition to a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts in order to determine your eligibility and qualifications for this position.

      Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

      Additional information

      The internship program allows for the agency to non-competitively convert an Intern who is a U.S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service once the Intern completes all requirements of the Internship Program (Please Note: Conversion is at the discretion of the agency). To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must have: 1) Completed at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program, except as provided in paragraphs (c) and (d) of 5 CFR 362.204 (Conversion to the competitive service) while enrolled as a full-time or part-time degree- or certificate-seeking student; 2) Completed a course of academic study, within the 120-day period preceding the appointment, at a qualifying educational institution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree; 3) Received a favorable recommendation for appointment by an official of the agency or agencies in which the Intern served; (4) Met the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; and 5) Met agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern.

      Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

      Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

      The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

      Important Note : All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

      NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

      How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

      All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans' preference order.
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      Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

      Drug test required No

    • Required Documents Required Documents

      Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at .

      Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Enrollment verification (5) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (6) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15.

      You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: OR .

      If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

      If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

      Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    • Benefits Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

      You will also earn annual and sick leave.

      A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

      The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. For more information, click .

      Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.