Bureau of Reclamation Student Trainee (Financial Specialist) in Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Duties



Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" here.

Reclamation is seeking a few entry level Intern-Indefinites looking for an opportunity to develop his/her knowledge in finance. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

This opportunity is intended for (but not limited to) students who are pursuing a degree path, courses, or have the career goal of employment in the field of finance.

These positions are located in the Upper Colorado Region, Finacial Management Division, duty stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Work will be performed in and around that area. You must be able to report to this location for duty by no later than July 22, 2018, in order to be eligible for these job opportunities. Information about the surrounding area may be found here.

These are career development opportunities in the excepted service under the Bureau of Reclamation Pathways Internship Program. It is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work and get paid while exploring federal careers. The candidates selected to fill these positions will be required to complete a Participant Agreement that spells out the requirements of the program, including an anticipated date for completing educational requirements related to the full performance grade level of the position.

For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit here.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty at the location designated will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional positions may be filled as needs of the agency warrant.

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Under the close direction of the supervisor, mentor, or higher-graded employee, the student performs, assists in, and continues to learn about specialized financial support work. Job assignments are designed to orient and train the student in the application of financial support work. As such, assignments may include all or portions of the following:

  1. Develop, analyze, and monitor assigned projects/programs during the formulation and execution process of long-range detailed budgets.
  2. Assist in responding to Congressional, Departmental, or Reclamation data calls/requests.
  3. Assist in coordinating and compiling the Upper Colorado Region Budget Review Committee (BRC) Notebook and Statement of Project Construction Cost and Repayment reports.
  4. Researches and investigates problems or errors and reconciles assigned accounts to resolve errors or discrepancies within established technical accounting principles, practices and procedures. Assists in processing accounting transactions.
  5. Develops, prepares, and delivers effective analysis, accurate information, and feedback to customers or management by way of reports and presentations.
  6. Provides assistance and information to operating offices regarding cost coding and preparation of accounting documents. Prepares and/or assists in preparation of recurring and special reports.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All currently enrolled students or those who are accepted for enrollment and current interns seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including preference eligibles (veterans) meeting this criteria.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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0599 Financial Management Student Trainee

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply);
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by a background investigation;
  • You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • Duration of appointment is a trial period.

All Interns must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. In addition, they must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Individuals serving in Intern-indefinite appointments may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program but conversion is neither promised nor guaranteed. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, these Interns must also:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;

  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements;

  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted (which may include a positive education requirement);

  • Meet all agency and program specific requirements as specified in their individual Participant Agreement;

  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations; and

  • Be recommended for conversion by their manager or supervisor.


To be eligible, an applicant must:- Be at least 16 years of age or older at the time of appointment.

  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the school they are attending.

  • Be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or is currently enrolled and seeking degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited high school, technical or vocation school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

In addition to meeting the basic eligibility requirements above, applicants must also posses education in the amounts below:

GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree (previous experience may be evaluated to substitute for education). GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree (previous experience may be evaluated to substitute for education).

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.

Additional information

The entire period served as an Intern-indefinite is creditable toward completion of the required probationary period for initial appointment to a position in the competitive service. Prior Federal civilian service is credited toward the completion of the required probationary period in the same manner as prescribed in 5 CFR 315.802.* Promotion:* Promotion to the next higher grade level up to the target full performance is permissible without further competition. The promotion is not guaranteed but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties. Telework:Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.*References:On your resume, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history. *E-Verify:DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit here. 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 here. Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

After the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements for the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on a human resources assessment conducted using qualification standards, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents (see the Required Documents section). Veteran’s preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with requirements of the 5 CFR Part 302.

Eligible, qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official in an unranked order by preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more (CPS and CP); (2) Other preference eligibles (XP); (3) Applicants eligible for 5-point veterans’ preference (TP); and (4) Applicants not eligible for veteran’s preference (NV). The duties of the position align with the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of the position:

  1. Basic knowledge of financial management.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Ability to operate a computer and standard software packages.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment/education, i.e. from and to month/day/year and hours spent each week in the activity/work/education), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

1. TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

2. DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW PATHWAYS STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. You must show proof such as a letter from your accredited U.S. educational institution that verifies:

  • you have been accepted for enrollment;

  • the degree/diploma/certification program in which you are enrolled;

  • that you are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the school);

  • number of semester/quarter hours or class schedule for next semester/quarter; and

  • your anticipated graduation date. Please note-**Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please visit the Office of Personnel Management here and the U.S. Department of Education here.

Foreign Education: If your education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit here.

3. DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

  • For information on veteran's eligibility visit VetGuide.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, click: here.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to mgbishop@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 8100 (UC-543), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7102A (UC-543), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
Melissa Bishop









BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 125 S. State St., Room 8100 Salt Lake City, Utah United States

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Next steps

Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. Candidates are advised to make no irrevocable employment decisions based on receiving a tentative job offer. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499838900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/29/2018

Salary: $29,847 to $43,414 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 04 - 05

Work schedule: Part-Time - These are Full Time OR Part Time Positions.

Appointment type: Internships - These are Indefinite Internship positions.