NAO-DHA-ECD-1102-21-001 Position being filled under Direct Hire Authority for post-secondary students & recent graduates

Published Feb. 1, 2021
Expiration date: 2/7/2021

Public Notice Number: NAO-DHA-ECD-1102-21-001

Opening and Closing Dates: February 1 to 7 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Position Title:  Student Trainee (Construction Control Representative) 

Series/Grade: GS-0899-04. Only one position will be filled through this Public Notice at the GS-04 level.

Conversion: Post-secondary students may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service within 120 days of successful completion of their academic program requirements. As a condition of employment, a student’s appointment expires 120 days after completion of the designated academic course of study, unless the student is selected for noncompetitive conversion pursuant to this authority. 

Full Performance Level: GS-0809-11 after conversion. Promotion up to the GS-11 level can occur without further competition once all training, regulatory and performance requirements are met.

Duty Location: Richmond, Virginia.

Salary Range: $31,672 - $41,172 (GS-4) 

Work Schedule: Full-time

Appointment Type: TERM NTE 2 Years

Start Date: On or about 1 May 2021

Relocation: Relocation (PCS) expenses are not authorized

Travel Requirement: 10% Temporary Duty Travel required

Who May Apply: U.S Citizens, nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the United States.

Eligibility Requirements: An individual who meets the following may apply for the DHA for Post-Secondary Students & Recent Graduate Program: 

Post-Secondary Students: Be accepted or enrolled and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a half-to-full time basis. The degree or certificate must be directly related to the duties of this position. The incumbent must meet the definition of “student” throughout the duration of their appointment. The qualifications requirements below must be met in addition to eligibility requirements.

Individual Occupational Requirements for Construction Control Representative (0809): 

For GS-4:

Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of courses in one or a combination of courses such as drafting, surveying, mathematics, physical science, industrial technology, industrial arts, or technical subjects pertinent to construction; or engineering technician work such as electricity, material testing, or engineering mechanics.

Qualifications Requirements: In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. This education and/or experience must be described and reflected in your resume and/or transcripts.

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, and social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience.


This position provides for the development and training of a college student under the district's Student Career Experience Program, which includes assignments to planned phases of construction duties and responsibilities. Assignments become more responsible as incumbent increases knowledge and skills through work experience and academic training. Performs the following typical duties:

Applies basic principles, elementary theories, and readily available data to perform recurring assignments, and applies basic principles and practices to resolve less complex problems related to construction contracts. Researches technical issues to obtain information for engineers and managers. Enters data into computer database programs regarding construction labor budget estimates. Provides support to contract management staff regarding processing of contract modifications, pay estimates, and other contract administration issues. Assists Quality Assurance staff in posting plans and specifications, reviewing designs, and other quality assurance functions as assigned.

Conditions of Employment:

1) Must meet suitability for Federal employment

2) Will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship

3) Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration

4) Personal security investigation required

5) Will be required to serve a 2 year probationary period

6) This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position

7) Reasonable accommodation is available to qualified employees with disabilities

8) This position is not telework eligible.

9) Student Trainee must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement upon appointment. 

How to Apply: 

Please submit your current resume, unofficial transcripts, and any supporting documentation via email to, with following subject line: Student Trainee (Construction Control Representative).

Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm EST on Feb. 7, 2021.

It is preferred documents be consolidated into one combined Adobe (.pdf), however Word (.doc/.docx) files will also be accepted.   

If not able to consolidate documents, applicants should title documents with last name and type of document (e.g. Smith Resume; Smith Transcript 1; Smith PE License, etc.)