Environmental Protection Agency Student Trainee (Legal) NTE 09/30/2017 (Pathways Internship Program) in FEW vacancies Lenexa, Kansas

Environmental Protection Agency
  • FEW vacancies - Lenexa, KS
Work Schedule is Full-time - Internship not-to-exceed NTE 09/30/2017

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

NOTE: This announcement will remain open through 11:59 pm Eastern time on the day the 250th application is received (all applications received on that day will be considered), or 11:59 pm Eastern time on the closing date, whichever comes first.

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in Region 7, Office of Regional Counsel, Lenexa, KS.

For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-7-midwest

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. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at:




You will:

  • Serve in a supportive role to legal staff, ranging from initial case development through administrative or judicial litigation.

  • Assist legal staff in providing counseling services to various Region 7 divisions.

  • Review case materials and collaborate with case team to become familiar with questions under consideration.

  • Search for and summarize case law and other materials for use by attorneys in the preparation of opinions, briefs and other legal documents.

  • Prepare memoranda of selected decisions or opinions which incorporate legal references and analyses of precedents involved in areas of well-defined and settled points of law.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
  • You must be enrolled on a full or half-time basis
  • You must submit proof of enrollment (see Required Documents)
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

Interns qualify for an initial appointment based on their educational achievements as described below:

GS-07: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education, or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

Only students who have completed or are pursuing a degree in law from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university will be eligible.

The duration of a Pathways appointment under Schedule D is a trial period.

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

This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.

You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.


Review our benefits

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit Benefits. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

Employees hired under the Pathways Program on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual leave. Sick leave accrues from date of appointment without regard to appointment duration. Full time employees earn four hours of sick leave per pay period.

Accruals are pro-rated for part time employees.

Temporary employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program. Students hired under the Internship Program are generally ineligible for retirement coverage. Employees on temporary appointments who are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plan.

Other Information

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: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, visit https://hru.gov/StudioRecruitment/tools/MythbusteronFederalHiringPolicies.pdf .

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

Appointments more than 90 days are covered by the bargaining unit.

Position does not have portable work and selectee may not telework.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Pathways Internship Program

Internship position must be related either to the student's academic field of study or the student's career interests.

Intern must sign a Participant Agreement.

Interns are appointed under Schedule D of the excepted service.

An intern NTE is not eligible for promotion.

This is a student internship appointment intended to last through the summer. This appointment may be extended and/or converted to an appointment without a NTE date depending on the program's needs and funding.

A student converted to an internship appointment without a NTE date may be eligible to be non competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service upon successful completion of the program.

If converted to a permanent appointment in the competitive service, position may have promotion potential up to the GS-12 grade level.

Salary Range: $40,082.00 to $52,107.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0999-07/07

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Control Number: 453077000

Job Announcement Number: CI-R7-OT-2016-0011