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$13.84- $17.99/hour


This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service, Watershed Management Research Unit, Boise, ID.

The mission of the Watershed Management Research Unit is to provide knowledge and technology for management of semi-arid rangeland watersheds; to quantitatively describe the hydrologic processes and interactive influences of climate, soils, vegetation, topography, and management on rangeland watershed systems; to develop information, simulation models, and tools that can be used by action agencies and producers in determining optimum management strategies; and to maintain long-term databases for scientific applications. The Northwest Watershed Research Center (NWRC) and the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed (RCEW) were established in 1960 to conduct long-term research in the areas of water supply, seasonal snow, soil freezing, water quality and rangeland hydrology. The scope of NWRC and RCEW research has been subsequently broadened to include additional modeling and remote sensing objectives, and landscape-scale processes related to fire and invasive weeds.

This position directly contributes to the accomplishment of all ARS Strategic Goals and CRIS Project Goals associated with the research assigned to the Boise Unit and ARS Management Initiatives. This position provides secretarial and administrative operations for the Administrative Officer, Research Leader and the staff at the Northwest Watershed Research Center while working effectively with the administrative team.

This is a temporary (not-to-exceed 1 year) position and may be extended in 1 year increments up to 8 years in total. This position may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position before the not-to-exceed date, if that date is within 120 days of completion of all program, training, and educational requirements.

This position will be full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year.

Major Duties:

* Receives, sorts, and routes incoming mail and correspondence to office staff.

* As primary or alternate/backup timekeeper, prepares and transmits Time and Attendance records for office staff.

* Uses office automation software package(s) and equipment to type, edit, and format letters, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, technical documents, charts, graphs, or forms.

* Answers inquiries related to general policy, programs, and activities of the office.

* Prepares travel authorizations, vouchers, and other standard office forms.


Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Applicants must be seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or equivalent) throughout the duration of their program.

The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals.
Qualification Requirements

Applicants will be assessed/evaluated through application of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.

Qualifying education at the GS-04 level is defined as the completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.

Applicants must have a minimum accurate typing speed of at least 40 words per minute based on a 5-minute sample with three or fewer errors.

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