Student Trainee (Biology)

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • Feb 08, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Internships - Part-Time 32 hours per week; may be Full-Time during summer/school breaks.


General Information
This position is year-round. During the school year part-time 32 hours per week will apply, the work schedule can be adjusted to meet the student's schedule; full-time hours may apply during summer and school breaks.

In order to be eligible to receive consideration for this position, you must be able to: (1) report to the duty station location listed in this vacancy announcement, if selected; and (2) be available to work the schedule identified.

This vacancy is limited to the first 25 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes. 

Salary: $54,869.00 (Step 01) to $71,331.00 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); AND
  • Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved homeschool; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; AND
  • Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; AND
  • The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals.
  • You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

Learn more about this agency


The USGS WESTERN ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER, located in Olympia, WA is seeking a Ph. d. level student working towards a degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology or Restoration Biology to gain practical experience in fish and avian species; restoration ecology; and analyzing large data sets.

As a Student Trainee (Biology) you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of Wildlife Biology.

Duties include: 

--Planning, organizing, and implementing biological investigations that affect wildlife and fishery resources.

--Gathering, analyzing, and summarizing scientific, programmatic, and budgetary data.

--Summarizing and modeling wetland habitat parameters to determine outcomes of wetland restoration projects.

--Utilizing modeling techniques test scientific hypotheses within scientific manuscripts.

Job Level



Government- Federal


$54,869 to $71,331 per year Pay scale & grade GS 09

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