National Park Service Student Trainee (Administrative Support) (OA) in Washington, District Of Columbia

National Park Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, visit

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:*Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at qualifying educational institutions*

Officially established in 1965, the National Mall and Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The sprawling lands of the National Mall and Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street. The National Mall is the continuation of that space where congressionally authorized park icons, such as the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capitol Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces, all of which serve as the nation's front yard. Ford's Theatre, the House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Old Post Office Tower, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall and Memorial Parks.

The incumbent will be working in the superintendent's office in Washington, D.C.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

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

  • 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 institution (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 home-school; 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 must be in good standing according to their institution.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

This position is temporary not to exceed 1 year. This position may be extended at the Park's discretion as long as the incumbent continues to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program.

The work schedule may be full or part-time depending on class schedule and the needs of the park.


Duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Initiation of personnel action requests
  • Serves as receptionist
  • Distributes and processes mail
  • Maintains log of checks received
  • Monitors pool vehicle keys and utilization
  • Coordinates travel using Concur and prepares authorizations and vouchers
  • Purchases park office supplies and maintains supply inventory
  • Troubleshoots office equipment and calls for repairs
  • Maintains office files
  • Prepares reports and permits
  • Serves as timekeeper
  • Prepares and tracks donation thank you letters
  • Enters data into a variety of systems *Physical Demands: *Work requires sitting at a desk, standing, bending, reaching, walking and lifting.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office setting but may be performed out in the field.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Relevant experience and/or education (See Qualification and Evaluations).
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver’s license
  • This is a fiduciary position, which requires extreme confidentiality

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:TAG:Closing Date

Ability to type at least 40 words per minute (wpm)

Have successfully completed 4 academic year of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree


Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal government (I understand that specialized experience is experience that involved maintaining an office, answering phones and greeting visitors, maintaining files, assembling reports, organizing mail and correspondence; or other similar work).


Have an equivalent combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience (only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience). For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirements for this position and grade level) combined with two years of education as outlined above (50% of the education required to qualify), which included related courses such as American history, science, education, parks and recreation, communications and/or public speaking (50% of the directly related coursework required).

Please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your coursework. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

Failure to provide proof of enrollment/acceptance will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered further.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:


  • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
  • This is not a drug tested position.
  • Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.
  • Trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions. Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

If selected you will be required to provide a letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment before entrance on duty.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Annual and Sick Leave: Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run and provide you with the appropriate forms.

Other Information

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation or relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $45,844.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0399-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational institutions

Control Number: 452443000

Job Announcement Number: NPS-NCR-NAMA-17-1799697-KJJ