Student Trainee (Archaeology)


The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in Federal agencies and explore careers while still in school and getting paid for work performed.

This is a vacancy announcement for one or more locations throughout the Forest Service. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs. Apply only to those locations where you are willing and able to travel and/or relocate to. Some locations may have temporary housing available. The tours of duty include full-time and part-time schedules.

There may be up multiple locations and positions filled under this announcement. These temporary positions will be filled as Intern Not to Exceed (NTE) appointments. The appointment may or may not be extended depending upon the unit’s need and funding.

These positions will be filled at the GS-04 grade level. For information on the duties of the position, please contact Angela Krall, 719-852-6242, or email:

NOTE: Government housing will be provided.

Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale:

If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below. Roberta Burson, 505-563-9271 or email:

Must be a US Citizen or Foreign National
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
At least 16 years of age
Must complete and pass background and security investigation
Must be enrolled at least half-time in a qualifying educational institution
Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
May require drug testing dependent on position/location
A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
This Pathways Internship position is located on a Forest Service unit and serves as an Intern Not to Exceed (NTE) in support of the Forest Service programs. This position is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service programs a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Assignments are developmental in nature and in conjunction with formal education; the employee will gain the necessary competencies for a career in the Forest Service. Work assignments are selected to ensure the employee receives on-the-job training and exposure to one or more program functions.

Duties primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student intern (NTE) for a more advanced, professional position through a variety of tasks that utilize established practical processes, methods, and procedures that may include, but are not limited to :

Receives training in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Archeology. Work assignments are usually clear-cut and designed to provide experience in a variety of activities.

On a scheduled basis, following the Pathways Participant Agreement, receives assignments in various Archeology functions to gain an understanding of the various program concepts and operations, develop an understanding of the total mission as well as organizational/functional interrelationships, and gain work experience through temporary work assignments in the Archeology field.

Receives formal and on-the-job training in OPM, Department of Agriculture and Forest Service policies, rules, regulations, and procedures.

Is instructed on the use of personal computers, and file and data management.

Applicants must meet the definition of a student – be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate.

Candidate must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:

For GS-04: Completion of an associate’s degree or 2 academic years of post-high school study

Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.

The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.