Biological Science Student Trainee, GS-499
A student may be appointed to any position that leads to qualification in a two-grade interval professional, administrative, or technical occupational series and that provides an opportunity for the student's growth and development toward the target position.
Requirements for Initial Appointment
Student trainees qualify as described below:
Grade Level of Education
GS-2 High school diploma or equivalent
GS-3 Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study in an accredited college or university
GS-4 Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree
The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding two-grade interval positions.
Student trainees may be promoted to higher-graded trainee positions based on completion of portions of the education and student trainee work experience.
To GS-3: Completion of one full semester or the equivalent of post-high school study and one period of student trainee work experience.
To GS-4: (a) Completion of 1 academic year of study and two periods of student trainee work experience; or (b) completion of 1½ academic years of study and one period of student trainee work experience.
Upon completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, student trainees may be reassigned or promoted in the appropriate target series to GS-5 or GS-7 if they meet the qualification requirements of the target occupation, including minimum educational requirements, if any.
Explanation Of Terms
An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.
For purposes of this standard, a period of student trainee work experience is the equivalent of 2 months (320 hours) of full-time work experience.
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