Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforceme OFFICE AUTOMATION CLERK (INTERN) GS-0399-04 (ARE-PWY) in Lexington, Kentucky

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
FEW vacancies in the following locations:
  • Lexington, KY
  • Green Tree, PA
  • Charleston, WV
Work Schedule is Fulltime- - Pathways Internship Appointment NTE 1 year

Opened Monday 5/16/2016 (160 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency


This vacancy is being amended to reflect the change in the closing date from September 30, 2016 to December 30, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE:This is an open-continuous announcement. Initially, the first* 75* applicants who submit a complete application package for the position will be reviewed for referral to the hiring manager. Additional candidates, if needed, will be reviewed for referral in subsequent groups of 75 applicants who submit a complete application package. This announcement will remain open until the closing date indicated. Applications are valid for 90 days, after which you will need to reapply to be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) seeks a dynamic and energetic student to join its team and gain valuable work experience as an Office Automation Clerk Student Intern in Mine Map Repository Technician Student Intern in Pittsburgh (Green Tree), PA; Charleston, WV; and Lexington, KY.

The purpose of the Pathways Student Intern Program is to provide interns with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience and provide financial support to encourage and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participants will complete assigned duties, tasks, readings and developmental activities as specified in the program. Selectee is on a trial period while on a Pathway Internship appointment.

Students will work full-time in the summer. Students are normally placed into a non-pay status when they return to school each fall, then returned to work the following summer.

This is a temporary, excepted service appointment under the Pathways Intern Program that is expected not-to-exceed one (1) year. This appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at agency discretion, be converted to the Competitive Service. Conversion is not guaranteed and is based on the need of the agency. For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: For a list of accredited institutions, please visit:


As an Intern, you will:

  • Use written or oral notes to prepare correspondence, memos, vouchers, technical instructions, etc. with responsibility for format, typographical and grammatical accuracy, and conformance to procedures.

  • Type a variety of material involving complicated formats and spacing into final form material which often contains technical terminology.

  • Refer to guidelines and use discretion in solution of these solutions.

  • Receive incoming reports, correspondence, etc. Handle routine inquiries and may draft replies of a non-technical nature.

  • Collect or excerpt material to be incorporated into the final copy from reference material, the agency's library, etc.

  • Prepare material occasionally tabular or graphic for dissemination to government and non-government agencies.

  • Use office machine for preparation of correspondence, reports and briefing materials.

  • Scan and electronically organize and file office documents.

  • Receive callers, visitors, and mail. Screen callers and visitors and refer them to appropriate person.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Personnel Security Investigation is required.
  • Must be at least 16 years old (by closing date of vacancy announcement)
  • Must meet Pathway Program Eligibility Requirements.
  • Must submit a transcript/proof of enrollment/acceptance.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

For GS-04: Completion of 2 academic year of post-high school study or Associate’s degree.

Candidates must meet the qualifications above and Eligibility Requirements below for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

In addition to meeting the education requirements, you must meet the eligibility requirements below:

Pathway Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old (by the closing date of this vacancy announcement);

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university on at least a half-time basis as defined by the school;

  • Must be pursuing a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) at a qualifying education institution.

  • Applicants will be expected to work on site.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. NOTE: Your transcripts must be legible.

Applicants must meet the definition of a Student (


UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service. For more information visit: Selective Service

Applicants must have a complete application package and meet the basic requirements listed above by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required to verify current enrollment. Proof of enrollment is acceptable for college/university students who do not yet have transcripts and are enrolled to attend the next semester/quarter/term.

INTERNSHIP: Must meet the requirements for the Internship Program.

PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: Mustbe enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate at least half-time.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must complete a background investigation.

Foreign Education Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a "Certificate of Foreign Equivalency," with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Foreign Education.

Education Notes: It is mandatory to submit college transcripts to document your education. Photocopies are acceptable for initial application. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the application process is completed in it’s entirely, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the job requirements. Best Qualified applicants will be referred to the Hiring Manager for further consideration and possible interviews. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status."


Review our benefits

The selectee of this position will be eligible for annual and sick leave.

The selectee of this position is ineligible for benefits (i.e., life insurance; retirement including the Thrift Savings Plan; and long term care insurance). However, after 1 year of continuous service, the selectee of this position may become eligible to enroll in the health benefits program at full cost and at his/her own expense.

Other Information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Selective Service.

Financial Disclosure: Candidates for employment are required to submit a "Statement of Financial Interests." Selectee will be required to file Forms OGE 450 and DI 1993 upon entrance on the job and annually thereafter to avoid any conflict of employment and financial interests. Every OSMRE employee is prohibited from owning any direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation, in accordance with 30 CFR 706. The financial interest of an OSMRE employee's spouse, minor child or relative living with the employee is imputed to the employee. A new employee owning any interest in coal mining operations will be required to divest themselves of the interest.

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement. Interns will work full-time during the summer and may work a flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.

This is an Excepted Service appointment. As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. You may be converted, without a break in service to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment upon graduation and completion of program requirements but there is no guarantee.


Student may be eligible for conversion to a Career Conditional Appointment under the Pathways Internship Program, if they have:

  1. Completed education requirement and 640 hour work experience.
  2. Graduated and received degree, certificate, etc..
  3. Met the qualification standard for the position.
  4. Met any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant’s Agreement.
  5. Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor; and
  6. Maintained at least a 2.5 GPA. This is Excepted Service appointment. Pathways Internship Program participants may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $38,317.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0399-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to current students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution and enrolled at least half-time. Additional information can be found at

Control Number: 439180900

Job Announcement Number: OSM-2016-0170