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Student Temporary Employment Program

Student Temporary Experience Program

STEPS are hired to meet temporary needs of BLM Colorado . They are given temporary appointments of 4 to 12 months in positions for which they qualify. There is no restriction on the number of times a student may be appointed as long as they continue to meet the definition of a student.

STEP participants may NOT be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional or career appointment.


  • Earn leave and holiday benefits.
  • May be appointed to SCEP positions without further competition. BLM Colorado recruits most of its SCEP positions from its temporary student workforce.
  • Work experience may be credited toward the 640 hour work requirements for SCEP.
  • NOT eligible for retirement and insurance benefits.
  • NOT eligible for tuition assistance.


  • Students must be at least 16 years of age (no maximum age limitation).
  • Students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.
  • Students must be U.S. citizen. Lawfully admitted non-citizen may be considered subject to the bureau's authority to pay non-citizen under the annual appropriations act ban and any agency specific enabling and appropriation statutes.
  • Students must be enrolled with at least a half-time academic or vocational or technical course load in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • While employed student must continue to maintain acceptable school standing (GPA may not fall below a 2.5).  The student does not need to attend school during the summer.
  • Employment may be part-time or full-time based on what the supervisor is requesting for a particular position. The only limitation is that the student's workload may not interfere with the student's academic schedule.

Work Schedule:

Students, school and BLM will agree on the work schedule. However, work schedule should not interfere with academic schedule. The following options are possible:

  • Part-time work and concurrent school attendance
  • Full-time work, which may include only summers
  • A combination of part and full-time work - "Breaks in program" are permitted

How to Apply:

Student employment opportunities may be posted online at or at your school's career counseling department.

When applying to specific vacancy announcements, you will need to submit the following documents via fax, e-mail, or mail:

  • Current Transcript
  • Proof of Enrollment
  • Letter of  Interest (optional)
  • Letter of Recommendation from faculty

*See specific vacancy announcement for other application requirements.

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