Physical Science Student Trainee
Current students can begin their science career at DOI and gain valuable applied experience to pair with their studies. Physical science student trainees work in a variety of fields, including geology, chemistry, hydrology, and oceanography, just to name a few!
This position is represented at the following bureaus
The ideal candidate works well with others in a team setting, has a keen attention to detail, and a willingness to learn through experience.
Many specialties exist, including hydrology, chemistry, geology, and others.
The work is performed primarily in an office or laboratory setting, with the potential for occasional field work.
Minimum Education Requirements
Please see the Internal Pathways Group Qualification Standard on the OPM website.
Career Level Requirements
Responsibilities by Level
- Assist with laboratory tests
- Input, retrieve, edit, update, and manipulate information in databases
- Prepare and maintain laboratory equipment
- Assist with the preparation of samples for laboratory tests
- Conduct data analysis and literature research
- Assist staff in preparing and reviewing reports
Strengths by Level
AccountabilityHolds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Attention to DetailIs thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
ComplianceKnowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Creative ThinkingUses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Customer ServiceWorks with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
FlexibilityIs open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Interpersonal SkillsTreats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Oral CommunicationExpresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Organizational AwarenessKnows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Problem SolvingIdentifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
ReasoningIdentifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
TeamworkEncourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
Technical CompetenceUses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
WritingRecognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.Show Tool TipEntry 2-7Mid 9-11
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