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Environmental Protection Agency Student Trainee (Life Science / Engineering / Physical Science)) in Edison, New Jersey


These positions are located in Region 2. For more information on this office, visit their website:


At the GS-07 level of this position, you will:

-Analyze and summarize a variety of environmental program information data for use in preparing reports and program evaluations;

-Perform science studies of a standard nature on regulatory and compliance issues and problems;

-Prepare initial recommendations for solutions to be reviewed by higher graded staff;

-Supports higher-graded staff in planning for program management of environmental programs;

-Assist staff in preparation of materials for, and participation in briefings with managers, including information gathering and assessment.


Conditions of Employment

If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

You must submit transcripts & proof of enrollment (see Required Documents).

You must be enrolled at least half-time during your appointment.

You must be age 16 or older.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

You may be required to travel 1-5 days of each month.

You must have and maintain good academic standing as defined by your academic institution.

If you are selected, the entire period served under the Internship Program will be a trial period.

If you are selected, fingerprinting is required.

You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

If you are selected, a written participant agreement must be signed.

You may be required to lift moderately heavy items.


In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program, Pathways Interns qualify for an initial appointment based on their educational achievements as described below: To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have completed one full academic year of graduate level education; or a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement (Superior Academic Achievement Definition).Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


Additional Information

Pathways Internship Program:This 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. The position must be related to the student’s academic field of study or the student’s career interests. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at:USAJOBS Information Sheet.Salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty location of the position.

This position is in the bargaining unitif appointment is more than 90 days.

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

If you are graduating from your present course of study at the end of the current semester/quarter, to be eligible for this program you must be continuing your education next semester/quarter and be accepted for enrollment seeking a diploma, certificate, bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, or professional degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full- or half-time basis.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

One or more positions may be filled.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid by EPA according to applicable rules. You can read more about these expenses on this web site: EPA Relocation Information.

If you are selected, your appointment may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date, and/or may be converted to an Intern appointment without a not-to-exceed date.