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"NOS-AA-2019-0002" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Pathways Summer Intern (Student Trainee Physical Science), ZT-1399-2 (PATH)
Open Period:
03/07/2019 - 03/13/2019


ZT - 1399PhysSc 2
USD $36,213 - USD $64,586
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Seattle, WA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
WFMO Staffing


Hiring Path:
• Students
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Students who have been accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution in good academic standing.  Good academic standing is determined by the educational institution, but is typically at least a Grade Point Average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants must provide proof of current enrollment in school or documentation indicating acceptance in an accredited educational institution.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary Not to Exceed (NTE) September 30, 2019. This position may be extended in 1 year increments.
Marketing Statement:

More information on the Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates can be found at: 


These positions are located in the Pacific Hydrographic Branch, Hydrographic Surveys Division, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service (NOS), with four vacancies in Seattle, WA.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required



This Summer Internship opportunity will start no sooner than May, 2019.

Please note that if you are a Spring 2019 graduate, you will not be eligible for this Internship opportunity unless you are enrolled at a qualifying educational institution seeking an additional degree (diploma, Certificate, degree program, etc.) or an advanced degree.  You also must submit proof of acceptance along with your current transcripts for consideration.   

Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program and completion of their academic degree or Certificate program, individuals may be non-competitively converted to a Term position or permanent position in the Competitive Service.   

This position is located in Seattle, WA. Applicants must be available to work there for the duration of the appointment. 

NOAA is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented students who are pursuing a degree or certificate program in an accredited educational institution for our Intern Program.  The NOAA Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking or Certificate program at least on a half-time basis. (Applicants who do not meet the definition of student by the closing date of the announcement will not be considered).  

This vacancy may be used to fill other Student Trainee (Physical Sciences), ZT-1399-2 positions throughout NOAA.  The position must be alike (e.g. within the same geographic locations, same grade/band and requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

*Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.  All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

* A one year trial period may be required.  

* This position is not in the bargaining unit. 

As a Student Intern (Physical Science), you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform a variety of aid and technical assignments pertaining to the scientific missions of the organization.

  • Assist with research projects including the oversight of field data collection and the preparation of drawings, graphs, or charts using project data.

  • Provide support for the production or publication of data bases and data collections.

  • Operate various types of laboratory equipment and computer software associated with reference data programs.

  • Assist in providing administrative support duties, including locating and compiling research data; organizing and maintaining files and records; preparing correspondence, reports, and briefing materials; and responding to general office inquiries.

  • Assist senior staff, project officers, analytical staff, and other staff as necessary.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZT-2 is equivalent to the GS-05/06/07/08.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Definition of Student:  Student is defined as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, or certificate) in a qualifying academic institution, on a half or full-time basis.  Half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled.  Students do not have to be in actual physical attendance in school, online curriculums are acceptable as long as the school is accredited by the Department of Education:  

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT:  Applicants must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours.  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

Proof of Enrollment:  A letter from an educational institution indicating acceptance may be used as proof of enrollment for those students who are continuing studies at a new college or university.  An official transcript will be required before you can report to duty. 

Employment Requirements

  • Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.  The position may require a background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter.   A favorable adjudication of the background investigation is a condition of employment.

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on you entry-on-duty-date will be verified through the DHS “E-VERIFY” system.  Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. 

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice via Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. 

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.   Additional information can be found here:

Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement.
  • A minimum one year trial period will be required.
  • Education Requirements:

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

    Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with CFR, Part 302.


    • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National;

    • Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;

    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student at least on a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program;

    • Be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution (at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale);

    • Provide an official certified school transcript or proof of enrollment; and

    • If selected, must sign a Pathways Programs Internship Program Agreement after being appointed.  Official transcripts will be required before you can report to duty. 


    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

    To qualify at the ZT-2 or GS-05 level: 

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZT-1 or GS-04 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following

    • Assisting with collecting and sorting physical science data for reports and studies;

    • Using laboratory equipment.


    EDUCATION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.


    Combination of education and experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

    Other Information:

    NOAA participates in e-Verify which is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.   

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at (866) 656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

    For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the number listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Required Documents:

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete.  Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc.  Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted.  Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; to includes address 2) education; 3 work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 4) supervisor’s phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications, such as unpaid volunteer work experience.

    • Proof of enrollment in school or acceptance of enrollment stipulating that you are in good academic standing.

    • A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, student’s name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration.  An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, it selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

    You must submit the document below if you claim any of the following:

    • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see the Vet Guide

    • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit

    NOTE:  If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available.  If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.  Please contact the point of contact on the announcement to verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into NOAA’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can transferred.  Uploaded resumes must be less than 3 MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

    Next Steps:

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete
    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Not Met;
    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
    4. Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).