Student Trainee (Plant Protection and Quarantine) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Status: Part-time position

Location: West Lafayett, IN

Deadline Date: 5/31/13

Date Available:

Job Summary: The Pathways Internship 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.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

Qualifications: Education
Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study, with an emphasis in the preferred fields of Entomology, Botany, and Agriculture.
An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at an accredited college or university; OR
A minimum of 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.

Duties: Inspects and re-inspects orchards, fields, groves, storage sites, nurseries, rail yards, industrial sites, etc., to determine the presence and degree of presence of harmful insects, plants, and plants disease; collects insect specimens and soil samples and labels contents of specimens, showing location where found. Photocopying specimens and archiving images in the database
Using standard procedures, removes and destroys alternate host plants and diseased or infested plants; assists with the fumigation or treatment of equipment, plants or soils. Using prescribed formulas, mixes insecticides, herbicides, etc., and applies same to designated areas as directed, using hand or power‑driven spray equipment.
Maintains, baits, installs, and collects insect traps.
Cleans and oils hand tools such as axes, saws, pruning shears; washes and greases hand and power spray equipment.
Collects and records data such as treatments, types and kinds of insects gathered, numbers of traps set, etc. Prepares simple reports regarding same. Maintains motor vehicle records. Develops rough maps showing control and eradication treatments.

To Apply: A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following
2.Supporting Documentation which may be required
College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be in English
DD-214 and other Veterans' documents

3.Proof of student status
A letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university for an upcoming academic term; OR
Transcripts showing current enrollment at an accredited college or university; OR
A letter on college/university stationery stating that you are enrolled for the current academic term.

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