Job Description

Job Summary

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information on the National Park Service, click:

This is a temporary seasonal full time position not to exceed 1039 hours in a year, duty stationed at Wind Cave National Park.  

AREA INFORMATION:  The duty location of this position is in the Northern Great Plains Fire Management office at Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD.  The 33,850 acre park has the fourth longest cave in the world that houses 95% of the world's box work formations.   Approximately 70% of the park is mixed-grass prairie with the remaining area ponderosa pine forest.  Numerous wildlife roam the park including bison, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, black footed ferrets, prairie dogs, and coyote.  Wind Cave National Park is located in the southern Black Hills of southwest South Dakota, approximately 5 ½ hours north of Denver, CO.   Medical and dental services, shopping, restaurants, and churches of most faiths are available in Hot Springs (12 miles) and Custer (20 miles).   The full service community of Rapid City, SD, population 65,000, is 60 miles away.  For more information click:
Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.  Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all US Citizens. 

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: One to three positions are expected to be filled from this job opportunity announcement.



Position serves as a member of a field crew that performs community vegetation sampling to assess the effects of prescribed burning at National Park Service units in the Northern Great Plains eco-region including parks in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  Establishes and monitors plots in a variety of fuel/vegetation types.  Sampling includes identifying plants to the species level, recording various biological attributes, measuring fuel loading, and collecting/processing live and dead fuel moisture samples.   Employee uses maps, compass, and GPS to locate and install permanent plots.  Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer using FFI, Ecological Monitoring Utilities.  Catalogs, labels, and stores plant materials collected during the season.  Prepares fuel loading samples and processes fire weather, behavior and effects data.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official.  You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly.  You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.


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Temporary employees are entitled to limited benefits such as sick leave and annual leave. For information visit: .

For information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary charts please click on the following link  Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.

Other Information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point preference. You must submit a copy of your DD-214 member 4 copy.  If claiming 10 point preference, submit an SF-15 and required documents as specified on the SF-15.  The SF-15 can be obtained by clicking this link  Applications lacking a DD-214 and/or associated SF-15 documentation will not receive veteran's preference.
If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 95 or above on the rating criteria for this position .  For information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
Government housing may be available.
Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee, unless otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations (i.e., current career/career-conditional federal employee).

Additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement.

How to Apply

NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax.  Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 03, 2014.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge.  Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all the following parts:
1. Resume/Application
2. Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents (See Required Documents Section Below)

1. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete a resume, and complete the occupational questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire
2. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process to submit your application package.

3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date Friday, January 03, 2014.

4. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

5. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 984180. 

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 03, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.   Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Category based rating will be used for this vacancy.  Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc.  for placement in one of the following categories, 1) Best Qualified = 95 or above, 2) Well Qualified = 85 to 94, 3) and Minimally Qualified = below 85.  This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.

Best Qualified, applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position. 

Well Qualified, applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job. 

Minimally Qualified, applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's preference applies to category rating.  Within each quality category, eligible veterans are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP.  In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:

•Fire Effects/Vegetation Monitoring
•Flora/Vegetation Identification
•Prescribed Fire Operations
•Computer/Database Operations

Required Documents

Resumes should include personal information, education, work experience (including dates of employment month and year, and hours worked per week), and other qualifications pertinent to the position.  Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).
Transcripts ( If using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts)
Qualifications (assessment questionnaire)
SF-50:  showing current grade and tenure if applicable. (Awards SF50 will not be considered as proof of status.)
Veterans Preference Documentation (DD-214, member copy 4), VA Letter, SF-15, etc) if applicable, see veterans preference under the other information section.
CTAP/ICTAP Documents, if applicable
Selective Factors, if applicable