Student employment program offering a combination of academic study and work experience leading to career positions.
U.S. Department of Agriculture l Forest Service l
RECRUITMENT BULLETIN NUMBER: SCEP-2004 OPEN: October 15, 2003 CLOSES: November 14, 2003
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) (formerly the Cooperative Education Program) is designed to integrate classroom study with paid work experience, with the objective of preparing the student for responsible placement into the Forest Service’s permanent workforce. The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between the Forest Service, student, and the educational institution.
This bulletin is aimed primarily at sophomore and junior students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and those students pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in a field which, upon graduation, will provide the academic background, knowledges, and skills required for the target position. (Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation.)
Positions may be filled by students pursuing a baccalaureate, graduate or doctorate degree.
ANTICIPATED STUDENT TRAINEE POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Number of Positions and Locations to be determined.
ACADEMIC MAJORS AND TARGET OCCUPATIONS: The following is a list of potential academic majors and corresponding occupations the Forest Service employs. Not all occupations are recruited in every location.
RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITIONS IN SOME OF THE OCCUPATIONS STATED BELOW MAY ALSO BE AVAILABLE.
Academic Major Target Occupation
Accounting/Financial Mgt Accountant/Budget Analyst
Business Admin/Mgmt* Contract Specialist
Civil Engineering Civil Engineer
Computer Science Information Technology Specialist
Counseling Guidance Counselor (Job Corps)
Education Teacher (Job Corps)
Finance Financial Management Specialist
Fisheries Biology Fisheries Biologist
Forestry (Fire Mgt) Forester, (Fire Management)
Forestry (Nat Res Mgt) Forester, (General Forest Mgt)
Forestry (Rec Mgt) Forester, (Recreation)
Geology/MiningEngineering Geology/Mining Engineer
Human Resource Mgmt* Human Resources Specialist
Journalism Public Affairs Specialist
Land/Cadastral Surveyor Land/Cadastral Surveyor
Landscape Architect Landscape Architect
Criminal Justice* Law Enforcement Officer/Special Agent
Recreation Recreation Specialist (Job Corps)
Range Science Rangeland Management Specialist
Business Admin/Mgt* Realty Specialist
Social Science Social Services Counselor (Job Corps)
Soil Science Soil Scientist
Telecommunications Telecommunications Specialist
Wildlife Biology Wildlife Biologist
*Other academic majors will be accepted for this occupation.
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MAY BECOME AVAILABLE in other administrative or professional occupations.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
[ Must be at least 16 years old.
[ Must be enrolled in or accepted to (with the intent to attend) an accredited 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school; and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution. Must be in a degree seeking academic program.
[ Enrolled in a field of study related to the positions being announced.
[ Must be able to complete required (career-related) work experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.
[ Must be a United States citizen or national (resident of American Samoa or Swains island). If you are not a citizen, you may participate if you are legally admitted to the United States as a permanent resident, and are able to meet citizenship requirements prior to completion of your degree.
[ Must be in good academic standing.
[ Must sign Student Career Experience Program, Mobility, and Developmental agreements; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; provide verification of academic status at the end of each academic term (transcripts); must meet academic standards as set forth by the school they are attending; maintain satisfactory progress in completing academic requirements; and demonstrate satisfactory performance and conduct. Students will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as required by the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards.
SALARY (current 2003 rates):
Salary may vary from GS-3/$9.80 per hour, GS-4/$11.01 per hour (Baccalaureate Progam); GS-5/$12.31 per hour, GS-7/$15.25 per hour (Graduate Program); GS-9/$18.66 per hour (Doctorate Program).
A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick leave and vacations; life insurance; incentive systems, etc.
DUTIES OF STUDENT TRAINEES:
Works under the guidance of and will assist professional or administrative personnel in non-routine and progressively responsible duties which are directly related to the students academic studies and occupational career goals. Individual will perform well-defined tasks in various aspects of the occupational speciality. Specific duties will be dependent upon the occupational specialty that corresponds to the college major in preparation for more difficult tasks as a professional/administrative trainee after graduation.
Selected applicants may be assigned to field duty locations in the following states.
Region 1 (R-1) Northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota
Region 2 (R-2) Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming
Region 3 (R-3) Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Region 4 (R-4) Southern Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Western Wyoming
Region 5 (R-5) California, Hawaii
Region 6 (R-6) Oregon, Washington
Region 8 (R-8) Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,
Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Region 9 (R-9) Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virgina, Wisconsin,
Region 10 (R-10) Alaska
North Central Research Station (NCRS) Illinios, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry & Northeastern Research Station (NE/NA) Maine, Minnesota,
New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia,
Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) Alaska, Oregon, Washington
Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) California, Hawaii
Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Southern Research Station (SRS) Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee, Texas, Virginia
Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Wisconsin
International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) Puerto Rico
Forest Service, National Headquarters Washington D.C.
Forest Service, Job Corps Civilian Conservation Ctr (JCCC) Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska,
North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
PERIODS OF EMPLOYMENT/WORK REQUIREMENTS:
Most periods of employment occur during the summer. However, work schedules can vary. A specific work and study schedule will be established at the time of employment. Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of career-related experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of the course requirements for their degree. A physical exam, work capacity test, and driver’s license may be required for some student positions.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION:
Within 120 days after completion of course requirements for a degree, students will be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent career-conditional appointment at the GS-5 or GS-7 level (Bachelor’s Degree); GS-9 (Masters Degree); or GS-11 (Doctorate Degree) upon completion of the program as is outlined in the agreement which will be signed by the Forest Service, student, and university or college. Students converted at the lower grades are eligible for advancement through progressive promotions to the GS-9 level contingent upon satisfactory performance. Research scientists may be promoted based on a periodic peer review of their scientific accomplishments. Students must be a U. S. citizen at the time of conversion to a permanent (career-conditional) appointment. Students who successfully complete work and study requirements are eligible for permanent positions with the Forest Service.
Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, individuals may be entitled to veterans’ preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim
HOW TO APPLY:
Complete and submit the following documents via email, fax or surface mail. The forms may be obtained at www.fs.fed.us/r1/people/forms website or from the address listed under “Where to Send”:
1. Optional Form 612, (Application for Federal Employment) or Resume. Resumes must include the following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in this recruitment bulletin): recruitment bulletin number: SCEP 2004, veteran’s preference, and social security number. Applicants should include all work experience (with start and end dates), education, training, self-development, awards, commendations, outside activities, or other information relevant to the bulletin.
2. Student Career Supplemental Information Sheet
3. Copy of college transcript(s) (official or unofficial)
4. Copy of DD-214, Report of Separation from Active duty, must be received with your application package if you are claming veteran’s preference and must show an honorable discharge. Additional documentation may be required.
5. SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran, as well as proof required on the form, if you are claiming compensable disability preference.
WHERE TO SEND: A separate, complete application package for EACH geographic location of interest must be sent (example: If you are applying for three locations, complete three applications and specify the location for each.). Submit applications via email, fax, or surface mail to:
USDA Forest Service
Federal Building -OR-
Attn: Human Resources, SCEP-2004 E-mail: email@example.com
324 25th Street SUBJECT: SCEP 2004
Ogden, UT 84401
Fax: 801-625-5651 Reasonable Accommodation: Contact: Janet Cheney, 208-737-3220.
Subject: SCEP 2004
For additional information about job opportunities in these locations, please use the following contact list:
(Do not mail applications to these addresses. Please use the address listed above.)
Region 1, Northern Region
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
Contact: Jane Haker
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Debby Wivholm
Region 2, Rocky Mtn Region
740 Simms Street Golden, CO 80401
P. O. Box 25167
Lakewood, CO 80225
Contact: Debbie Roybal
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Jerome Romero
Region 3, Southwest Region
333 Broadway Blvd SE
Contact: Inez Dooley
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Bea Harris
Region 4, Intermountain Region
324 25th Street Ogden, UT 84401
Contact: Valerie Del Rio
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Janet Cheney
Region 5, Pacific Southwest Region
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Contact: Jodi Stewart
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Ron Toroni
Region 6, Pacific NW Region
P. O. Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208
Contact: Leanne Shimada
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Leanne Shimada
Region 8, Southern Region
1000 Front Street
Oxford, MS 398655
Contact: Mark Briscoe
Phone: 662-234-2744 x25
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Mark Briscoe
Phone: 662-234-2744 x25
Region 9, Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave Ste 800
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Contact: Florence Pridgen
Fax: (414) 944-3966
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Florence Pridgen
Phone: (414) 297-1069
Region 10, Alaska Region
Tongass National Forest
204 Siginaka Way
Sitka, AK 99835
Contact: Julie Simpson
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Julie Simpson
North Central Research Station
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Dawn Moser-Karstens
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Linda Kolodziej
Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry
Northeastern Research Station
11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200
Newtown Square Corporate Campus
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Contact: Victor Mercado
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Victor Mercado
Pacific Northwest Research Station
10600 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Contact: Deselyn King-Sanders
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Deselyn King-Sanders
Pacific Southwest Research Station
P. O. Box 245
Berkley, CA 94701
Contact: Rochelle Selvin
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Rochelle Selvin
Southern Research Station
200 Weaver Blvd
P.O. Box 2680
Asheville, NC 28804
Contact: Richard Quick
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Frances Austin
Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect
Ft. Collins, CO 80526
Contact: Laura Bemis
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Laura Bemis
International Institute of
P. O. Box 25000
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00928-5000.
Contact: Tito Santiago
Phone: 787-766-5335 x130
Reasonable Accom Contact: Tito Santiago
Phone: 787-766-5335 x130
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Contact: Lee Norton
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Sue Austin
USDA, Forest Service
Attn: Human Resources
1621 N. Kent Street, Ste 900RPE
Arlington, VA 22209-2131
Contact: Customer Service
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Customer Service
USDA, Forest Service
Job Corps Civilian Conservation
740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401
P. O. Box 25167
Lakewood, CO 80225
Contact: Michael Parks
Reasonable Accom. Contact: Michael Parks
Your application package must be postmarked on or before November 14, 2003.
Students may periodically check with the career/placement center, student services, or counseling office to determine if a Forest Service recruiter is scheduled to be on campus prior to the closing date of this bulletin.
Applicants with disabilities will receive consideration for reasonable accommodations in the hiring process for any physical, mental, or emotional impairment. Applicants should submit requests for reasonable accommodation with their job applications and provide supporting medical documentation. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.