Student Trainees (Biological Science) - 26 positions in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, IL, MD, ME. MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, TX

  • USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, IL, MD, ME. MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, TX
  • Mar 13, 2017
Flexible - Several Options Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Research Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  Intern positions are established under a Federal program called Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

The APHIS Biological Science Intern Program offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in your field of study and will help you pursue your career goals, while doing work that touches the lives of Americans every day. The program offers a formal training experience that may last up to 2 years, with the possibility of conversion to a permanent position upon successful completion of the program.  Conversion is not guaranteed. Permanent positions may include Microbiologist, Wildlife Biologist, Biological Scientist, Agriculturist, or Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer.

As an intern, you may work a full or part time schedule depending on your availability.  You may be eligible for health insurance coverage and other benefits available to Federal employees. This is your opportunity to begin building a successful career!

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service ( Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

The educational/career focus & locations for the APHIS Biological Science Intern program are:

  • Wildlife Management/Animal Science:  Auburn, AL; Phoenix, AZ; Springfield, IL; Augusta, ME; Columbia, MO; Billings, MT; Albuquerque, NM
  • Plant Science/Entomology/Agricultural Biotechnology: Fort Collins, CO; Riverdale, MD; Raleigh, NC;
  • Microbiology: Ames, IA; Raleigh, NC; Riverdale, MD
  • Plant Science/Agriculture: Gainesville, FL; El Segundo, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Kapalua, West Maui, HI; Linden, NJ; Austin, TX; McAllen, TX

Travel and housing expenses will not be paid. 

APHIS is an emergency response agency.  This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


The duties described are for the GS-7 full performance level. At the GS-4 and GS-5 grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  Interns will work in one or more of the following capacities:

  • In a laboratory setting working with animal pathogens and Agricultural Select Agents in support of animal health programs.
  • In a laboratory setting working with plant pests and pathogens and Agricultural Select Agents in support of plant health programs, or in a research facility in support of wildlife programs.
  • In the field supporting national plant or animal health protection programs through working directly with infected or vulnerable plants and animals.
  • In the field working to mitigate damage caused by wildlife in support of wildlife programs.
  • In an office setting working in preparation and response for nationwide animal or plant health emergencies, regulation of plant and animal imports and exports, or assist in the development and implementation of APHIS policies.
  • In an office, field or laboratory setting conducting duties to promote the regulation of genetically modified organics and facilitate the safe and innovative use of biotechnology.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training and work assignment purposes.

Closes Monday 3/20/2017

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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level, Intern (Paid)


Government- Federal


$29,356.00 to $52,893.00 / Per Year Series & Grade GS-0499-04/07