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Student Trainee (Biological Sciences) - Pathways Program Student Intern - Miami, FL

f selected as a Pathways Program Student Intern, you will perform duties and receive on the job training in an assigned specialties in Plant Protection and Quarantine. Career opportunities await within the organization for qualified individuals who complete the program requirements. Become the next generation of diverse and talented leaders for APHIS!


This job is open to

Students who have been accepted for enrollment or who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, or trade school pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. (Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.)


  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Executing a wide range of processes, methods, and procedures to solve problems, identify and fill resource and information needs, compile data reviews and provide comprehensive, coherent documents.
  • Assisting with mission analysis for improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Applying practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of the scientific discipline(s).

Requirements/Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Individuals who were born male after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by their academic institution.
  • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Must be available to work a regular schedule when classes are in session as well as during scheduled breaks.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) and proof of current/future enrollment must be included with application. See the "Required Documents" section for more information.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below.

EDUCATION: GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university


TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university

Upon graduation and completion of internship, you must meet the following requirement to be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position:

Plant Protection and Quarantine Technician, 0421 series. Education requirements for conversion: Successful completion of 4 years of study that included at least 16 semester hours in courses such as: biology, plant pathology, entomology, zoology, botany, forestry, chemistry, agriculture, or physics or one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04


Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer, 0401 series. Education requirements for conversion: Degree in Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or courses equivalent to a major in a degree shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

One position is available in Miami, FL;

Promotion Potential: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Housing and travel expenses will not be paid.

This Internship confers eligibility for a noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position in the competitive service contingent upon meeting all applicable Internship Program requirements and the needs of the agency. You will be considered for conversion to a permanent or term position upon the successful completion of your Internship. However, please note that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the agency will opt for conversion.

If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entrance on duty. Proof of enrollment or acceptance for the upcoming academic term or semester will also be required unless graduating in the current semester.

A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. The agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.

Student Interns must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. Incumbents will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout the internship program. Failure to do so will result in termination of the appointment.

Worksite Information: This position is located at the duty station(s) listed in this vacancy announcement and is not eligible for telework or remote work.